“Moonshot” is a film of wasted potential for Cole Sprouse and Lana Condor

In an extraterrestrial world filled with superordinate sights and a beautiful cascade of stars, a love story blooms. “Moonshot” is cinematically complex, bestowing a futuristic and astronomical twist on the typical enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy film. Starring Cole Sprouse (“Five Feet Apart”) and Lana Condor (“To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You”), this movie and its striking cinematography provide an interesting interpretation of an otherwise cliché storyline. Based on their previous stints in romantic comedies, Sprouse and Condor are not surprising choices for their respective roles and do not fail to deliver a relatively engaging film. And the hopeless romantic feeling of a good love story is hard to wear out. Even though there was a missed opportunity for a resonating and intricate love story, “Moonshot” is nonetheless an interesting perspective on a regular romantic comedy plot.

Predominantly taking place on a spaceship traveling to Mars, the film focuses on lonely college students Walt and Sophie in a futuristic dystopia where the planet Mars has been newly terraformed to support human life. Both have big dreams that end up leading them on a spaceship to Mars. Sophie immediately develops a dislike for the chatty and disoriented Walt, but they grow closer as fate forces them together on a journey of self-reflection, companionship and love in the endless expanse of the galaxy. The plot in itself is nothing new, but I’m a sucker for a good rom-com. The movie brushed on some topics of substance, such as feeling alone in such a vast universe, but their resolution of these conflicts seemed slightly too convenient.

Perhaps the most outstanding element of the movie was its cinematography and production design. It’s a little upsetting that the plot could not rival the beautiful, otherworldly images captured in the film. There was no shortage of aesthetically pleasing scenes, often showing the beauty of Earth and the socially-developed Mars. Shots of Sprouse’s and Condor’s silhouettes floating aimlessly in space next to enormous planets is truly awe-inspiring. The movie sparks surface-level philosophical thought about the world and its position in the universe, but the writers could have expanded on this topic to produce a more sophisticated and resonating film. However, the simplicity of the plot paired with the abundant shots of the galaxy almost imbue the movie with a touch of serenity. A small part of me enjoyed its plainness, but a larger part of me was left wanting more. Especially after watching Sprouse in “Five Feet Apart,” which is a remarkable love story between two terminally-ill teenagers, I expected the script to live up to his past role and truly showcase the acting abilities I know Sprouse and Condor are both capable of. .

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