A SPACE OF LITTLE HOPE

Sometimes I fear that truly don't understand what audiences want. I recently watched the movie The Space Between Us and loved it, only to read reviews afterwards which say things like, "The Space Between Us strands its star-crossed young lovers in a mind-numbingly vast expanse of shameless cheese that will send all but the most forgiving viewers eye-rolling for the exits."…

A scene from The Space between Us


Sometimes I fear that truly don't understand what audiences want. I recently watched the movie The Space Between Us and loved it, only to read reviews afterwards which say things like, "The Space Between Us strands its star-crossed young lovers in a mind-numbingly vast expanse of shameless cheese that will send all but the most forgiving viewers eye-rolling for the exits." The movie failed miserably at the box office. I guess that puts it right in line with most of my favorite anime.

Speaking of anime, this film seemed exactly like something that Makoto Shinkai would have made. I'm not claiming any influence here, as the creator had apparently been trying to get it made since 1999, well before Shinkai's first outing. Still, the idea of a boy born on Mars, chatting across space with a girl on Earth, and growing to love her, seems like his kind of material.

The film has very low ratings on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, popular movie review sites. At least audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale, so there may be some hope. This type of thing leaves me gravely concerned though. If the stuff I like most does so poorly in the financial realm, does that mean the stuff I want to make is doomed before I even get started? I have zero desire to make stuff I don't want to make just because it will supposedly sell.

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