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Family Movie Review: To Space and Back (G)

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MPAA Rating: G          Length: 25 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 6+. This informative short film is about how space technology has affected everyday life, so it has some imaging of the interior of the human body, including eyes and the brain; young children might find those images slightly gross or frightening. Other than that, nothing questionable.

‘To Space and Back’ is technically marvelous, presented in extremely impressive 60-frames-per-second. It’s a nice experience, but the educational content feels lacking in detail in comparison.

By Roxana Hadadi

Technically, producer, director, and co-writer Annette Sotheran-Barnett’s documentary “To Space and Back” is astonishing. Presented in 8K resolution and at 60 frames per second, the film is full of detailed images, bright colors, and extremely realistic 3-D models of the International Space Station, Space X capsule, Saturn V rocket, and various planets in our solar system. For any viewer, it’s a visual marvel. But the educational content of “To Space and Back” fails in comparison, relying too often on a modern mentality that feels like pandering to the audience.

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