The biggest asset that this film has going for it is Chris Pratt's charm. He is funny and likable and fits the role very well. The first third of the movie, which focuses on his character, is definitely my favorite part of the film. Unfortunately, after Jennifer Lawrence's character comes into play, it starts to go downhill. The second act of the film is a rather cheesy, formulaic romance. then the third act is an over-the-top attempt at action. The film also has a lot of plot holes scattered throughout, in addition to some moments that just don't make very much sense. However, despite these inconsistencies, the film does manage to be enjoyable for the most part.
Apart from Pratt, there are really three other main actors. Michael Sheen is good as comedic relief, and Lawrence Fishburne isn't really given that much to do. That leaves Jennifer Lawrence, whom I usually like. I didn't. I found her performance to be quite annoying, whiny like her performance in the "Hunger Games" series, rather than strong like her performances in the films of David O. Russell. I think that it is the fact that she was given a clear archetype to play that made her performance so subpar, because she can be Oscar-worthy in other films.
Despite these flaws, the film does have some undeniably impressive technical elements. The set design for the film is phenomenal. The world that was created for the Starship Avalon was incredible, and the amount of detail used was astonishing. The CGI is also pretty good, showing the vast expanse of space.
I think that Chris Pratt saved the film for me. Despite flawed writing, he manages to keep the film afloat and enjoyable. It wasn't as good as it could have been, but it wasn't as bad as critics said it was, either.
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.