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Road Trip!!! - Crater (2023) - Review

After the death of his father, a boy growing up on a lunar mining colony takes a trip to explore a legendary crater, along with his four best friends, prior to permanently leaving the Moon and relocated to another planet.

Hey there, fellow movie enthusiasts! Today, I'm excited to share my thoughts on the new sci-fi coming-of-age film, Crater. As a self-proclaimed sci-fi lover, I might be a tad biased, but hear me out. This delightful movie takes us on an enchanting lunar journey filled with friendship, self-discovery, and a touch of bittersweetness.

Crater revolves around a young boy, brilliantly portrayed by Isaiah Russell-Bailey, who grapples with the loss of his father on a lunar mining colony. In an attempt to bid farewell to the Moon, he embarks on an extraordinary adventure with his four best friends, portrayed by Mckenna Grace and Billy Barratt among others.

From the creators of the sensational series Stranger Things, Crater carries a similar charm and nostalgic essence. While it may not delve deep into scientific accuracy, it still manages to captivate viewers with its imaginative lunar setting. Yes, we do need to suspend some disbelief, especially regarding the plausibility of a clandestine moon road trip, but let's give it some leeway—it's a kids' movie, after all.

The heart of Crater lies in the relationships between the characters as they navigate their way through this lunar escapade. It's a cute story tailored for a tween audience, with a unique ending that left me torn between being moved and perplexed. Nonetheless, it's a testament to the film's ability to evoke a range of emotions.

Overall, Crater is a cute lunar adventure that will appeal to the younger crowd, as well as those young at heart. While it may not satisfy the scientific purists, its charming story and talented cast make it an enjoyable watch. So grab your popcorn and prepare for a journey to the Moon that'll leave you with a smile and a hint of wistfulness.


Ranking 7.0/10

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