media studies student.
don't rate short films.
Would have really liked to like this more! Although it is very entertaining, funny, earnest and engaging, it also feels kind of plodding and too cleanly tied-up, all things considered - the best way I can put it is that it's not chaotic, just frantic, dense and altogether rather conventional (whereas chaotic would've been my personal preference). I like the central thread against the easy nihilism of 'Truth is, nothing matters' pushed toward 'Truth is responsibility', but this seems to…
Told you dads would love it (watched it with not one but two dads!): the procedural engineering stuff and the sweat-inducing creaky-metal-bin space exploration sequences will keep them hooked.
Another note, on what seemed to me, on first viewing, to be somewhat detached narrative throughlines: on the one hand the family-life, fatherhood, emotional arc of Neil's losing his daughter and not really dealing with it; and the space engineering, testing and progressing on the other. What seemed to me first…
Tim, after bringing out a CG rendering of a teenage version of his recently deceased year-old son: “I thought that was good - - that was healthy”
(And because there are so many good quotes here, another favorite: “Just because you’re James Dean doesn’t mean I’m not gonna beat your ass”)