*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Fasten your seatbelts, because Moonshot is about to take you on a ride that’s much wilder than you expected.
The new sci-fi rom-com, which hits HBO Max on March 31, follows a brilliant college student named Sophie (Lana Condor), who enrolls in the Kovi Industries Program to travel to Mars and be with her boyfriend, Calvin. However, a barista's assistant named Walt (Cole Sprouse) also sneaks onto the space shuttle. And over the course of their 35-day journey to Mars, they develop an unlikely romance. Sounds simple, right?
But here’s the thing—this movie isn’t just a charming fairytale. Moonshot also explores the concept of the American Dream and boldly tackles immigration—but it does so under the guise of a love story that’s set in space. Yes, Sprouse and Condor’s comedic chops are sure to elicit a few chuckles and their chemistry is believable. But the film also holds a giant mirror up to America, exposing its many flaws through thought-provoking themes and layers of symbolism.