Now playing in select theaters and On Demand is the adventure drama, Astronaut. The film stars Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss, Lyriq Bent (“She’s Gotta Have It”, Acrimony), Krista Bridges (Land of the Dead, “Schitt’s Creek”), Graham Greene (The Green Mile, Dancing with Wolves), Richie Lawrence (“Odd Squad”, “Heroes: Reborn”) and Colm Feore (Chicago, Thor).
Dreyfuss stars as Angus, an elderly man who recently lost his wife. While he’s finalizing the sale of his home, he temporarily movies in with his daughter and her family, which includes his young grandson, Barney (Lawrence).
Angus is enjoying his time with his grandson as they both share a love for astronomy and both would love to travel into outer space, or at least Angus once wanted to travel into space. There is not much opportunity for a senior citizen to become an astronaut. That takes many years of training and Angus is not only too old, he’s also in ill health. He has a heart condition.
Sadly, tension between Angus and his son-in-law Jim (Bent) come to a head, and Angus begrudgingly has to move into a retirement home.
At the retirement home, Angus meets and befriends a lot of enjoyable characters. But unlike most of his new found friends, Angus is not ready to “lay down and die” just yet.
Angus and Barney learn about a contest being held by a millionaire to win a spot on the first ever private passenger space flight. Barney encourages his grandfather to enter, even if that means lying about his age and his health problems.
Remarkably, Angus makes it into the finals, but something comes up that could derail his life long dream of going into space. Should Angus take on the mission, even if it means putting his life at risk, or should he risk it all to eventually save others? To find out you need to go see (or rent) Astronaut. Look for it in a theater near you or On Demand services.
I am in NO WAY close to Richard Dreyfuss’ age, but I can relate to having regrets in life, most especially regrets about things I’ve always wanted to do, but never did. I also wanted to go into outer space, but at this point in my life if there was a similar contest, I probably wouldn’t enter it. Not because I don’t want to go into outer space (I do!), it’s just that I have a family and my health to think about. If space travel wasn’t so physically demanding, I would certainly consider it.
I think many people, especially those forty and older, might be able to relate to the whole idea of living out your life long dreams, and not wanting to die with regrets about things that were never said or done.
I love the tone of this film. It’s definitely a sweet film that will tug at your heart strings. I do liken it more to a Hallmark television movie than a big screen film, but that is just my opinion. I don’t think I’d pay to see it in the movie theater, but if it came on television I’d certainly watch it again.
Richard Dreyfuss was the perfect choice to play Angus. He has a lovable quality about him. He also comes off all the quintessential grandfather.
I also love the “theme” of the film, which is to “reach for the stars” (in this case both symbiotically and literally), and not to give up on your dreams, no matter how impossible they might seem. This is a feel good film that hopefully will have you smiling when you leave the movie theater, or as the credit roll when you watch it at home On Demand.
The film runs for about an hour and a half. I am not sure of it’s rating, but I believe it would be rated PG.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.