If you have cable TV or have gone to a drama film in the past several months you’ve likely heard of Interstellar, the new film by director Christopher Nolan. For those of you who don’t know, Christopher Nolan is famous for films such as Momento, Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy. He has been one of my favorite writer / directors since Momento in early 2000. For that reason, when I started hearing about Interstellar, I was intrigued. Did it live up to the hype? Let’s talk about that.
Interstellar finds Earth in dire straights. A blight has spread throughout the world killing of crops and animals by proxy. With corn being the last sustainable crop man’s days are numbered. Amidst the famine, dust storms and fear of extinction mankind has turned inwards deeming exploration of secondary importance to the survival of mankind. For Cooper, (Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club) this is to short sighted. Upon finding a coded message after a bad dust storm he begins on a journey of paramount importance, to save humanity. This journey takes him and a group of the best humanity has to offer through a wormhole through which no one has returned. Their mission: to find a habitable planet to which the last vestiges of humanity can settle and begin again. Saying too much more veers into spoiler territory so I’ll move on.
Director Chris Nolan has once again created a very interesting original script with many exciting twists and turns. Though almost three hours long (five minutes longer than Transformers: Age of Extinction) there were very few times where I was bored. That alone is praiseworthy. Though, to be completely honest, there were several things about this film that, at least upon first viewing, seemed a little contrived, confusing and unsatisfying. Let me list a few things I loved and a few things I disliked.
Things I loved.
- The Direction and Cinematography.
- The world Nolan creates through story telling is fantastic, bleek and interesting to explore.
- The character development and relationships in the film felt real and worth investing in.
- The fantastic acting.
- The distant planets were beautiful and interesting to explore.
- The science, at least what I understood, was very interesting and added interesting story elements.
- The acting was overall very good.
- TARS was awesome.
- The space scenes were breathtaking, on par with Gravity.
Things I disliked
- The score was good, but but went from quiet to deafening on a dime making the dialogue difficult to hear at times.
- The science, I know I said I loved it, but some of it was a little overly complicated.
- The thematic conveniences that were there because of…. plot?
- The ending.
I did like Interstellar. I would recommend it. I would also recommend that you bring ear plugs because this movie is loud. The theater I was at turned the volume down to 60% and it was still deafening. Perhaps I’m just getting old.
Christopher Nolan’s ambition for this film mostly pays off. If you can accept some of the plot conveniences towards the end of the film you will likely enjoy it. The space exploration was awesome and characters and their relationships felt very real and worth investing in. Though the ending didn’t grab me like I hoped it would, I enjoyed the ride. Interstellar is a well made Sci-Fi space drama with a lot of very interesting things to say. If you’re in to slow-spaced but thrilling sci-fi you may want to check this out. Then, if you haven’t already seen it, watch Gravity, it’s awesome.