Now playing in cinemas nationwide
Mark and Michael Polish, twin brothers and co-creators of “The Astronaut Farmer,” have always made family-oriented films. That is to say, their films have always been about family. Perhaps it was growing up as twins or the fact that they seem to idolize their own father (who serves as part of the art department on each of their films). So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that their films have become increasingly family-friendly leading up to “The Astronaut Farmer,” their most accessible picture to date. Thankfully for all of us in the audience, the brothers’ storytelling ability has grown along with their commercial appeal. “The Astronaut Farmer” is a fantastic film, in both senses of the word. It seems that more often than not, families have to settle on watching a mediocre movie simply because it is “appropriate”. Well, not only can families see “The Astronaut Farmer”, all families should see it. It’s nearly perfectly cast, incredibly well-acted, beautifully shot, and emotionally resonant. Even the requisite cheeseball speech that the hero in an inspirational tale has to give is deftly handled here, keeping eye-rolling to a minimum considering the nature of the dialogue. Occasionally, in the time since I saw “The Astronaut Farmer,” I think that perhaps I’m being overly generous to the film. But consider this: though I am a jaded twenty-something, and it is a “family film”, I’m still thinking about it three weeks later and wanting to see it again.