The Space Between Us: 2017

There are issues in this world which should be best left for understanding at the capable hands of our God but then there are people like me who would still want to understand each and everything. Love to me is nothing short of some chemical imbalance that happens because of our fixation towards an individual. This generally leads to exaggerated emotions, lack of self-control, and paranoia. For some it’s a divine feeling that ought to exist forever, for me it’s just a choice that it can be controlled in its real sense.

Peter Chelsom and Allan Loeb tends to disagree with the fact. They decided to sketch a story to please the younger audience. The young and the beautiful are so entangled with the idea of love that anything slightly related to it would please them. The screenplay and plot are not too bad. The story goes like this. Nathaniel Shepherd (played by Gary Oldman), CEO of Genesis, decides to create and sustain life in a habitat on Mars. A crew of astronauts was sent for the mission. One of the astronauts, Sarah Elliot (played by Janet Montgomery) discovers that she is pregnant and thus has to deliver the baby on Mars. To cover-up the mess, Nathaniel decided to raise the baby on Mars. The boy (played by Asa Butterfield) upon growing decides to find whereabouts of his father on Earth. The original idea was to discover the intricacies of love (parent-child). But then to lure teens into it, the filmmakers decided to add teen love to the story. Upon the unusual arrival of the Martian boy, he started engaging with an earthling girl more. I know exactly what comes next when you get too much romantically involved with the opposite sex. Either a prolonged period of grief or a beautiful and wonderful life if things go in favor. Gladly, when that Martian confessed his heart to the girl, the girl responded positively despite knowing the fact that their love will be short-lived. The movie chooses the latter and thus audience gets a good treat of love and other philosophical concepts.

Now imagine a twisted version of the second-half of the story. Suppose, when that Martian boy proposes to the girl, the girl takes a two-day break to come up with an answer. The girl then gives a call (not the direct interaction) to the Martian boy and creates a shitty story to refuse but asks to remain in touch and be friends. The Martian boy has a bigger heart (because of the 1/3rd gravity of Earth) and therefore he agrees. The girl then starts behaving formally with him as if nothing ever happened but conveys that she is also traumatized by the recent incident. The Martian boy has a big heart (because of the 1/3rd gravity of Earth) and so he believes her. In reality, the earthling girl had her own desires of being with a Macho Man (dudes with smaller heart due to higher gravity on Earth) and not with some Martian but couldn’t say it aloud. Each day, the girl confuses the Martian and checks on him to find out if that poor Martian is angry, confused, or still stupid but stays rigid to her original decision. With all the confusion and broken heart (only metaphorically), the Martian boy decides to stick with his original quest for his father and remain calm and composed. A life experience for our poor Martian.

I believe that my twisted version would have justified the movie title better. And that earthling girl character would have won the Teen Choice award too instead of just nomination.

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