The Space Between Us Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Space Between Us by Andrew Lockington.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 91.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 33.2
Album Excellence: 69.1%
The Space Between Us is a 2017 American science fiction romantic drama directed by Peter Chelsom and starring Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield & Carla Gugino. Gardner Elliot, the first human born on Mars, begins an online friendship with Tulsa, a teen in Colorado. On his maiden voyage to Earth, the 16-year-old finally gets to experience all the joys and wonders of a world he could only read about. Problems arise when scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand the atmosphere. United with Tulsa and on the run, the interplanetary visitor races against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe. The score is composed by Andrew Lockington.
I’ve heard a lot about this film, mostly good things. It’s been sitting in my queue to watch for a while but I haven’t gotten around to it. Meanwhile there’s a score that’s also been sitting around for a while in my library, and now it’s time to check it out. I like the twist here, the way someone human gets to experience earth for the first time at a grown-up age. The score opens with ‘I Want To Go To Mars’. Yeah well me too, buddy… me too. The music by Lockington is dreamy, a little bit heroic and calm. I quite like this approach as I look upon the stars dreaming of a journey I hope to take one day. I don’t say it too often, but perhaps this is a bit too long. The cue is 6 minutes and I’ve done all my thinking with around 3 minutes to spare. Still, it’s very good.
Lockington has taken a leaf out of Thomas Newman’s playbook with ‘Meet Gardner’ the theme for our hero who was born on Mars. Very light and rhythmic, fleeting I would say and highly optimistic plus a bit messy. That is a deep contrast to the opening cue and a war of styles if you will. I am wondering now about the rest of the score and what approach it will take. The answer is something in between. Yes, it can be both rhythmic and minimalistic. But yeah, fans of Thomas Newman’s recognizable style will definitely enjoy parts of this score as it sometimes uncanny how similar it can sound. For me personally, I like the more minimalistic mood cues, specially if they have some buildup and some theme to build further upon. There are a few of those as well. There are some proper big orchestral epic moments as well that are great. ‘Biplane’ for example sets up a nice finale. So with that, I conclude that I’ve had a great time listening to this score and particularly enjoying the more heroic and emotional moments. Check it out.
7. I Want To Go To Mars
10. First Skype
12. Coming To See You
15. Fall To Earth
16. Confetti To Vegas
19. Hand On Knee