‘Moonshot’ Review – Condor and Sprouse Shine In Quirky Space Rom-Com

Two young adults begrudgingly team up to journey across space to find their destines on the big red planet of Mars. What follows is a slow burn, enemies-to-lovers romance that unfolds over the course of their space odyssey.

Walt (Cole Sprouse) is a Mars-obsessed college student who desires nothing more than to become a part of a space colony that currently inhabits the planet. Although he’s been rejected thirty-six times when the film opens, he hasn’t given up hope. He meets Ginny (Emily Rudd) during her last night on Earth and falls in love. He becomes obsessed with reuniting with her by any means necessary.

Sophie (Lana Condor) has been in a year long distance relationship with Calvin (Mason Gooding), who is currently on Mars with his family. When Calvin gets his dream job on the Martian planet, and their long-distance relationship suddenly becomes indefinite, Sophie decides to uproot her life to be with the man she loves.

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After a disastrous meeting at a party, Walt, and Sophie bond over their mutual desire to reunite with their significant others. After Sophie buys a ticket, and helps Walt stowaway on board, the two set-off on a road trip across the cosmos to achieve their respective happily ever after. Chaos ensures, and both ultimately realize that they might just be perfect for each other.

I can’t praise the performances of Sprouse and Condor enough. Sprouse, who is known for portraying the moody and brooding Jughead Jones on The CW’s Riverdale, really shines in this movie as the eternal dreamer. You can’t help but root for him as he stumbles from one hilarious situation to another to keep up the ruse that he’s supposed to be aboard the Mars bound ship. Walt is a good guy with the best of intentions, but ultimately he must wrestle with if living on Mars is all that he thought it would be. Sprouse brings so much maturity and heart to the role.

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Condor, largely known for portraying love-obsessed Laura Jean Covey in Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, does a great  job portraying the serious and uptight Sophie. Although she desires more than anything to reunite with her boyfriend, she must ask herself if spending the rest of her life following him and compromising her own dreams and ambitions is the path to happiness. Her ultimate decision highlights how she has grown as a character on her life-changing journey. Like Sprouse, she brings so much raw emotion and heart to the role. You can’t help but want her to get her happy ending.

If you’re looking for a quirky and lovable romantic comedy with an unconventional and unique setting, Moonshot is definitely a film you need to watch.

Moonshot is currently streaming on HBO Max.

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