A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film emphasizes the importance of scientific discovery, especially the work of the Hubble telescope. Running through the whole movie is a sense of reverence for the universe and all its mysteries.
Positive Role Models
Everyone depicted in the film, from the astronauts to the NASA employees who prep them, and the filmmakers, too, seem excited for their project. Their love of what they do is palpable.
One use of the word “damn.”
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary about NASA's final shuttle expedition to repair a broken part of the Hubble telescope is an educational goldmine offering facts about space and a bounty of images of distant galaxies caught by the instrument. Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy this excursion into space via 3-D IMAX technology. Due to the 3-D effects, younger kids might find the viewing experience slightly unsettling and might need help adjusting to the special viewing glasses. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Avatar might have taken 3-D to another level, but this fascinating documentary proves the technology is satisfyingly applicable to nonfiction films, too. Space, already an awesome cinematic subject, seems, in fact, more wondrous with it, turning a world that most can only imagine into something almost palpable. Screened only in IMAX theatres, the 3-D effect is heightened, making for an experience that's part thrill ride, part astronomy lesson, and all entertainment. (Leonardo DiCaprio's narration echoes the audience's amazement.) At 43 minutes, the film is hyper-efficient, and we long for a little more insight into the astronauts themselves. And if only the 3-D effect would stay stable at all angles; one wrong shift can make the images seem wobbly through the special glasses viewers need, but these are small quibbles for a straightforwardly awesome film.
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