Film by Emer Reynolds on NASA's Voyager mission declared 'dazzling' by New York Times
Add the New York Times to the list of media outlets heaping praise on the new documentary The Farthest: Voyager in Space.
The documentary by Emer Reynolds earned a Times "Critic's Pick" designation, with reviewer Andy Webster calling it "dazzling." Drawing on other-worldly images, the film illustrates a NASA success story that began 40 years ago and continues today: the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes launched to explore our solar system and beyond.
"NASA and Ms. Reynolds... deserve to take a very deep bow," Webster wrote. The Hollywood Reporter's Frank Scheck called the film "out of this world." Variety critic Nick Schager issued a similarly glowing review, writing, "In one significant respect, Reynolds’ film is a tribute to mankind’s imaginative creativity, and its belief in itself to find a way to reach beyond previously unapproachable limits of time, space and thought."
The Farthest is playing theatrically in New York (Cinema Village) and in Pasadena, California (Laemmle Playhouse 7) for a week, and at select other locations around the country (further -- or should I say 'farther' -- screening info can be found on the film's Facebook page).
The version in theaters runs 121 minutes. A somewhat shorter version will premiere on PBS Wednesday, August 23.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.