FLY ME TO THE MOON – Review by Susan Kamyab

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1969 is greatly remembered as the day when man first walked on the moon. Well, the new romantic comedy, Fly Me to the Moon, starring Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, twists the true story of how that mission came to be.

In the film, NASA has hired a successful marketing specialist, Kelly Jones, to fix its public image, making the launch director, Cole Davis extremely frustrated by her constant inconvenience during his task at hand. Succeeding in drawing all of America’s attention to the highly anticipated mission, the White House deems that the broadcast of this historic day is too important to fail, and directs Jones to stage a fake moon landing as back-up. And to make matters more complicated, she must keep this plan under wraps from everyone, including Cole, with whom she is now beginning to form a romantic connection.

This movie was funnier than I expected it to be. Great credit to that humor goes to Scar Jo in one of her most charming roles yet. She’s absolutely inspiring as a sharp-witted woman who can talk her way out of anything by adapting to her environment and the people she’s essentially trying to win over. She’s a chameleon. But she’s also incredibly smart, and it’s inspiring to see her be an asset to a vital mission during a time when women were undervalued. Even though her character and Tatum’s are fictional, they are likeable ones that add to the true meaning of this story. That maybe you can win over people by being your “real” self and not have to “fake” anything.

The film does drag a little in its second half and could easily have been trimmed by 20 minutes, but director Greg Berlanti captures our attention with his focus on an engaging story, a humorous cast, and some exciting shots — making Fly Me to the Moon a light-hearted, blast everyone can enjoy.

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Susan Kamyab

Susan Kamyab is a Dallas-based television and online film critic, producer, reporter, and writer. Since 2010 she's been reviewing for Irving Television (ICTN) and online at thischixflix.com.