Earth has been devastated by something called “the blite”, drought and famine causing food to be scarce and hard to grown. Humanity has reverted to simpler times, limiting their use of technology and focusing on survival. One of those focused on growing the necessary food is former engineer and NASA test pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey). He and his two children Murph (Jessica Chastain) and Tom (Casey Affleck) do what they can to contribute and survive. Everything changes when Cooper and Murph stumble across a secret NASA project to send a team into space to go through a wormhole in search of a new home for the survivors of humanity. The crew embarks on a dangerous yet necessary mission that will forever shape what people know as well as the fate of the human race. Also starring Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Timothee Chalamet, David Oyelowo, Collette Wolfe, Bill Irwin, Anne Hathaway, Andrew Borba, Wes Bentley, William Devane, Michael Caine, David Gyasi, Josh Stewart, Leah Cairns, Liam Dickinson, Matt Damon.
Interstellar, directed and written by Christopher Nolan, is an astonishing, breath-taking and often mind-boggling film that even though it is at times overwhelming is still a stellar feat of film making. Everything you expect from a Christopher Nolan film is present and accounted for so if you aren’t a fan of his then you won’t be of Interstellar either.
Bigger is better has always seemed to be Nolan’s model and Interstellar is no different. The complex nature of the film will require a second and third viewing on my part. The problem with that is the time. The film is nearly 3 hours long. It felt that long too, not necessarily in a bad way but by the end of it I was certainly relieved it was over I was both physically and mentally exhausted from watching it. I think leaving you feeling this was was an intention of Nolan’s, make not mistake. He wants you to feel every inch of his film the same way he does with the actors who are part of making it.
The technical side of Interstellar is unquestionably great. Like Gravity before it, this space themed film aims to impress. If you didn’t know, Nolan chose to create the film without using a single green screen. As I watched the film I found this notion hard to fathom and was more than a little impressed with landscapes and images presented before me. I think this is one that I will be picking up a copy on Blu-ray in order to watch the behind the scenes documentaries in order to satisfy my curiosity as to how he managed it all.
McConaughey continues his impressive string of acting in Interstellar. He has more than proven that he is fully capable of playing ball with the big boys in Hollywood and he definitely isn’t just the romantic comedy pretty boy he was initially type cast as. Matt Damon’s cameo was surprising. He does a great job adding a controversial element with his character as Dr. Mann. I wasn’t as impressed by Hathaway. She was better in Les Miserables than here but still not a bad performance.
Interstellar is a must see film for all of us film geeks out there and if you have the time for anyone else looking to see quality film making at its best. I repeat if you have the time. Because of the 3 hour run time I might suggest that you wait to see it from the comfort of your own home but if you are adventurous seeing it in IMAX might be worth it. With Interstellar I am sure of two things: one, it will be nominated for more than a few awards in the upcoming award season and two that it will polarize the film community as well as the scientific community at large. It wouldn’t be a Nolan film if it didn’t!
8/10 Stars – Long but like the rest of Nolan’s works it is high quality!
Just as she said above, Interstellar is long and high quality, but for me, that doesn’t transition into a good movie. After seeing Interstellar, I can honestly say I have no idea what I watched (and I love Christopher Nolan movies, especially Inception). The movie starts off in a post-apocalyptical farmland and before you know it (with little gap fill-ins), we are in space floating towards Saturn. At this point of the movie I was still following along, but when they begin talking about wormholes and relative aging, I was starting to get lost. After several scenes go by, I was totally lost as I had no clue what these people were doing floating around space. Throw in more big space words and a weird robot, and I was checked out. Keep in mind that I understood Inception from beginning to end and I love that movie, but Interstellar I couldn’t get past the subject. Throw in an ending that made me realize I was watching the next “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and I needed to be done with this movie ASAP! As I was watching this movie, I kept thinking how I would rather be rewatching Gone Girl, and if you don’t get the irony, go read the review. As I stated before, Interstellar is very long and high in quality, but it makes for one confusing and irritating movie. I didn’t like it one bit, and I like everything Christopher Nolan does…
5/10 Stars – Long, boring, confusing and uses too many concepts that the common person just won’t understand. 3 hrs of my life I won’t get back!