Director: Shelagh McLeod
Writer: Shelagh McLeod (Screenplay) Maureen Dorey (Story)
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Lyriq Bent, Krista Bridges, Colm Feore, Richie Lawrence, Art Hindle
Plot: A lonely widower battles his family, ill health and time to win a competition for a golden ticket to space.
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Astronaut starts when eccentric billionaire Marcus Brown (Feore) announces a lottery to select a random person for the first commercial flight to space, elderly widower Angus Stewart (Dreyfuss) sees this as a chance to have one last chance to get into space, inspired to show his grandson Barney (Lawrence) that people should chase their dreams he enters, winning a chance to one of the final contestants. Can Angus overcome the odds and finally make it into space, despite having multiple illness that would hold up any chance he realistically has.
Thoughts on Astronaut
Thoughts – Astronaut is a delightful drama about one man inspiring his family to chase dreams, the dream he has had his whole life. It shows how a widower can be left feeling lonely, struggling with life, while his family are doing everything they can for him, even if they have their own problems. The message is that family will always be there for you, with Richard Dreyfuss giving us an excellent performance that shows he true skills as an actor. The story film is an excellent experience in both charm and intelligence about the story, filling the heart we are meant to be seeing in watching someone chase their dreams.
Final Thoughts – Astronaut is a delightful movie about family, dreams and belief.