“Clint Eastwood” and “Science fiction” – these are not terms that are generally equated with each other. I found it odd for Eastwood to star in a film that takes place in outer space (let alone direct it), but the story works. Space is merely the setting for this film that is about friendship, redemption, and allows Eastwood to play that irritable character that has become synonymous with his acting. The story is rather formulaic but it allows the group of veteran actors to shine as they develop their characters. While I expected more from this cast list, the film offers fine performances by Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner, and James Cromwell. My letdown is probably a result of my expectation for this to be a realistic space exploration film in the vein of “Gravity” or “Interstellar.” As mentioned above, this is for of an old-man buddy movie than a space movie. It's like "Grumpy Old Men," only with twice as many grumpy old men! “Space Cowboys” isn’t Eastwood’s finest film but it is certainly entertaining and worth watching.
[Pictured: It's worth watching just for its 4 leading men!]