Sunday 17 March 2024

REVIEW: Spaceman (2024 Film) - Starring Adam Sandler


Normally, I'd watch a film and promptly write my review. Yet, "Spaceman" was different. It lingered in my mind, prompting me to let it simmer for a few days. Unexpectedly, it left a profound impact on me, especially given its surprising source: an Adam Sandler film.

Directed by Johan Renck and penned by Colby Day, "Spaceman" is a mesmerizing fusion of retro-futuristic aesthetics, set in an alternate 1990s, and profound psychological drama against the backdrop of space exploration. Adam Sandler, in a departure from his usual roles, delivers a stunning portrayal of Czech astronaut Jakub Procházka. His raw emotional depth adds layers to Jakub's character as he embarks on a daring mission to explore the Chopra cloud beyond Jupiter, grappling with the solitude of space and his strained relationship with his wife Lenka, played with poignant sincerity by Carey Mulligan. Alongside, the haunting voice of Paul Dano breathes life into Hanuš, a telepathic extraterrestrial creature resembling a three-foot-long tarantula.

Sandler's transformative performance as Jakub stands out, shedding his comedic persona to delve into a man haunted by his past, navigating loneliness, guilt, and the consequences of his choices. The narrative unfolds non-linearly, intertwining Jakub's present struggles with glimpses of his past, unveiling layers of trauma and regret. Renck's direction creates a dreamlike ambiance, complemented by stunning visual effects that capture the awe and isolation of space. The film's retro-futuristic setting adds a unique touch, blending nostalgia with speculative futurism.

At its essence, "Spaceman" is a contemplation of human vulnerability and resilience in the face of existential challenges. Its ambiguous ending invites interpretation, sparking post-viewing discussions. While some may find the narrative ambiguity vexing, others will relish the opportunity for introspection.

In summary, "Spaceman" defies genre norms, offering a bold and immersive journey. With powerhouse performances, evocative visuals, and thematic depth, it emerges as one of the year's most compelling films. While it may not appeal to all tastes, those willing to embrace its unconventional narrative will find themselves rewarded with a profound exploration of space and the human condition.

Personally, I found "Spaceman" captivating. Sandler's performance resonated deeply, and despite Hanuš being an unconventional companion, it strangely fits. I give "Spaceman" a resounding 9 out of 10. It's a film that will linger in my thoughts for weeks to come, and that's high praise indeed.

Out now on Netflix -

Did you know that this film is based on Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař, which is available at