Released: November 7, 2014
Runtime: 169 Minutes
Interstellar is arguably the biggest movie of 2014. This sci-fi drama comes from the mind of director Christopher Nolan and is chock-full of huge stars such as Matthew McConaughey, who plays the lead role, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck and one notable and surprising appearance by someone in which I won’t spoil. The story follows Cooper, a former pilot and farmer, who is summoned by NASA to head to space and find a planet that is able to sustain life for the human race, with the Earth quickly deteriorating. So, Cooper and his team of four travel through a wormhole to search, while stumbling upon numerous problems with huge consequences on the way. Cooper must deal with circumstances seemingly out of his control which puts a strain on relationships with his daughter and son.
Matthew McConaughey is as brilliant as ever, while rest of the all-star cast does an excellent job as well. Hathaway plays a headstrong yet reserved biologist. Caine is a determined professor. David Gyasi is a strong-willed physicist and Wes Bentley is a straightforward geographer. Chastain is perfect as the older version of Cooper’s daughter, Murphy. I must also say that Mackenzie Foy as the young version of Murphy is superb. The “surprise” actor in the latter part of the film is one of the brightest spots as far as performances go, but you’ll expect that when you see who I’m talking about. There’s not much to complain about when it comes to the characters. You’ll genuinely feel for Cooper and want him to pull through and succeed. The emotional bonds established in the beginning of the film carry on to the end, making it quite a profound experience. There is another surprise performance in the form of a futuristic robot named TARS, who shares a special bond with Cooper.
The script was handled with care, like fine china being transported from one side of the earth to the other. In other words, it’s fantastic. The story is rich with detail, fresh ideas and some far-reaching ideas too. Some may reach too far, but every moviegoer will have their own opinion, obviously. Science is at the forefront of the action, while characters discuss formulas, equations, methods and scientific terms most of us know nothing about. It shows how dedicated Nolan was at making this movie authentic. At times, especially near the end, we see the cogs in Nolan’s brain turning, but sometimes twisting. The plot is not short on ingenuity or surprises. If you didn’t think you could be fully engaged during the entirety of a 3-hour movie, think again. The smart writing and sharp dialogue keep you completely focused on the adventure. Of course, those visuals help too.
Interstellar is a beautiful film, a breathtaking one actually. The special effects, CGI and cinematography are simply unrivaled. At times, you’ll be in awe of the ice-white frozen tundras, beautiful galaxies and intriguing aircrafts. To be blunt, Interstellar boasts some of the best CGI I have ever seen in film, because it genuinely makes you believe everything being shown is real. Wormholes, planets and black holes pop off the screen with unmatched realism and beauty. The sound design is impeccable, as Hans Zimmer delivers an awe-inspiring score. Many have complained about the sound being muffled and flawed in several scenes, but that may be an aberration. Nolan has stated his opinion on this very topic and claims it was deliberate. As a whole, the visuals and audio are impeccable.
Interstellar may be the biggest movie of 2014 and for the most part, it lives up to the massive hype. It shows its brilliance in several forms, such as the writing, storytelling, plot twists, the science, well fleshed-out characters and daring ideas. It has its flaws however, such as the “deliberate ” sound issues, lack of an expected emotional punch and the dangerous ideas presented. Nolan’s vision can be divisive, as many will love it while others will be left baffled. Overall, I loved Interstellar and think it’s one of the best movies in the last few years. Excellent work Christopher Nolan, excellent work.
4.5 out of 5
-Some profanity throughout.
-No sex or nudity.
-An intense explosion.
-Some violence and fighting.
-Frightening and intense scenes such as traveling through a black hole or wormhole and a gigantic tidal wave.
-Some mild drinking.
-A couple scenes of death, but nothing graphic is ever shown.
3.5 out of 5
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