Well I’ve finally had a chance to see Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Interstellar. This film has received some mixed reviews mostly due to the fact that some critics found the ending to be complicated and hard to understand. The film is very ambitious in its scope and its story-telling, and the special effects are just incredible. I love seeing directors take a huge risk with original films, because there are so many remakes and reboots and it gets tiresome after awhile.
I for one have matured as a movie-goer, I don’t always like to shut my brain off when I am watching a film. When I was watching Interstellar, I was engaged the entire time, even during the slow parts, because I was waiting for that crazy payoff that we are accustomed to with Christopher Nolan’s films. I don’t want to ruin any plot points for anyone who has seen the film, so this will be a SPOILER LIGHT review.
Interstellar is directed by Christopher Nolan (Memento, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy), written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine.
In the future, humanity has run out of natural resources, and they are forced to become farmers trying to survive off crops. Unfortunately there is a crop blight that is killing all the crops, and now humanity is on the edge of extinction. Enter Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a retired astronaut and widower with two kids, who ends up discovering a secret NASA base that has been secretly sending people outside our own galaxy to find other possible habitable planets. Cooper is asked by scientist, Professor John Brand (Michael Caine) to pilot their ship Endurance, because he is the best pilot NASA has ever had. Professor Brand wants Cooper to find another habitable planet from the data of one of the three astronauts from a previous mission who have found potentially habitable planets located around a black hole they have named Gargantua. Professor Brand says that there is a wormhole that has appeared that leads to another galaxy and is believed to have been created by a higher alien intelligence, and is Cooper and his team’s way of finding another habitable planet, so humanity can survive. Without spoiling anything, I enjoyed the ending, even if it was a little bit complicated and had its problems.
Interstellar is quite an exhilarating film, and movie-going experience, it’s a sight to behold. The visuals are incredible and the special effects, especially the scenes where Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his team of astronauts travel through the wormhole and travel through space, they are so realistic and amazing, that I could not take my eyes off the screen in the movie theater.
Acting: The acting in this film is phenomenal, and Matthew McConaughey has been having a great year. He is amazing portraying a widowed husband trying to do the best with his kids despite the reality that he knows they could all die, because the Earth is dying and you really do feel for him when he realizes he has to leave his daughter and son (essentially abandoning them) to save humanity. That particular scene is very emotional, and really tugs on the heartstrings, because you don’t know if Cooper will ever come back or see his children again, and it’s that uncertainty that really makes the scene that much more emotional and powerful. Anne Hathaway (Amelia Brand, the daughter of Professor Brand) is also good in the film and she also has the same motivation as Cooper, which is to save her family and ensure the survival of the human race. Jessica Chastain (Murphy Cooper) is amazing in this film and she commands every scene she is in, and she really was well cast in this film. Suffice to say the acting in Interstellar is great all around the board.
Music: Hans Zimmer wrote the score for Interstellar, which is fantastic and I just think that he has become one of the elite film composers. The score is so magnificent and captures the wonder of space travel and the uncertainty of what lies beyond our own understanding and what lies beyond our own universe. I am currently addicted to the soundtrack, so I think that explains it all haha. My only negative about the score, is that it sometimes is so loud that you cannot hear the dialogue as clearly as you would like to. I can definitely hear elements of the Man of Steel soundtrack in the score for Interstellar. Suffice to say, Hans Zimmer has crafted another amazing score, adding to the experience of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
Overall, I enjoyed Interstellar, it’s a very ambitious film and leaves you asking a lot of questions, and thinking about the film, which is what I believe Christopher Nolan aims for. He wants us to question things and really think about the bigger picture. Despite it’s narrative and story-telling flaws, Interstellar is an incredible film that must be experienced and quite frankly is better than the film Gravity (which I found to be quite boring, ridiculous, and overrated).
MY FINAL RATING, INTERSTELLAR IS AN 8/10
What say you? Have you seen Interstellar? If so, what did you think? Do you enjoy Christopher Nolan’s films? What is your favorite Christopher Nolan film? Whatever your thoughts let me know!