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It’s important to understand that the documentary “Good Night Oppy” is co-produced by Amblin Entertainment, the Steven Spielberg co-founded company that’s been involved in movies with mass appeal for decades. This is no nuts-and-bolts examination of the space program, but a crowd-pleasing overview of the Opportunity rover which was initially set to explore Mars for 90 days, but managed to hang on for 15 years, offering NASA an extraordinary opportunity to study the Red Planet in detail, providing the team with various challenges to keep “Oppy” on the move as the years passed. Director Ryan White (“Ask Dr. Ruth,” “The Case Against 8”) is working to turn the endeavor into a suspenseful, emotional viewing experience, and he goes big with “Good Night Oppy,” which provides stunning, big-budget (for a documentary) visuals and a rich sense of character from the gathered interviewees, who are charged up to discuss their connection to Opportunity. This enthusiasm is laid on fairly thick in the feature, pushing the effort into a few manipulative moments, but the core sense of wonder and inspiration remains potent. Read the rest at


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