This is as good as it gets. A real, feel-good, coming-of-age movie about a small town boy, Homer Hickam, wanting to leave life in the coal mines to explore the far reaches of space.
Sure, it has some imperfections... but like the squeaky sound that comes from fingers sliding along the strings and fret board of a guitar now and then, these imperfections give the film more depth.
Some very nice performances across the board and a couple of very nice moments.
One thing that really put me off seeing this sooner was the poster - it looks too manic for my tastes. I much prefer the shot of him [spoiler alert!!] looking up through the wire cage as he descends into the mine....