I don’t need to give away any serious plot things in the following comments:
The visual aspect of the film is remarkable. No complaints on the presentation of science and aerospace engineering. I liked the visual homages to sf films of history.
I found the father-daughter relationship poignant, given the gift and the day. I think the writing could have been better on that point. I think the premise is good: an astronaut father leaves his family for years, and how the children deal with that. The bitterness was one-dimensional; ironic for a work that explores the fourth dimension. I think writer/director had actors who could handle nuance–the people-to-people writing wasn’t quite up to the visuals.
And while I said the visual presentation of the science was good, there was a little too much magicalism. I think the writers would have had to change the story a good bit, but the essence of deep space adventure would be intact.
The end result is a memorable and thoughtful film that’s almost outstanding. Too many otherwise great science fiction films have flaws. I can’t recall any near-perfect piece of filmmaking in the genre. This one’s very good. Well worth watching.