The Space Between Us, for good or ill, looks to be the treacliest effort that’s going to show up for at least the first half of 2017. While not an automatic turn-off for everyone, as further trailers continue to be released, the film isn’t exactly exploring broader ideas working within the film’s story. In fact, it seems we’re being overloaded with the oddest highlights of the “alien” encounter effort, and I’m not sure it’s the best sell.
Yet another trailer has come along, and while it adds some elements, it still hits the goofiest notes hard, and at some point you have to wonder who this is for. The “horse” gag may work for a laugh, but it’s ultimately silly, and the sort of thing that probably sounded good on scrawled on a napkin, but should have been thought through. He was only on Mars, presumably getting a solid education and with access to YouTube, not locked in a closet.
Still, the idea is one that could easily connect with a teen/tween audience, and it does look like a lot of fun. The film still doesn’t want to hit the sadder notes too hard in its marketing, which is perhaps to be expected, but may make for some disgruntled audiences once they’ve sat through the thing.
Asa Butterfield has managed to pull off roles that were more difficult than this, and hopefully he will stay true to form here, but it would be interesting to get a bit more of the problem side of the story.
He plays Gardner Elliot, who, born on Mars, now wants to visit Earth, because he’s only met 14 people in his 16 years, but there is some question as to how his body will cope with the difference in gravity and/or atmosphere.
The film is set to release on February 3rd, and if nothing else will likely be the family-friendly, feel good bet of the weekend.
Take a look below and let us know what you think of this one.
The Space Between Us Trailer 5