Where do i start with Interstellar? Its Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi epic so there’s been a ridiculous amount of expectation heaped on its shoulders. It features an all-star cast and is a film that defines the word ‘big’. This is the kind of movie that has the potential to split audiences the way any piece of art that explores the concepts of life and humanity has. However I know there’s only one question on your mind – is it any good? I’ll attempt to answer that in classic review style by waffling on about other things before telling you. Strap in!
To avoid any spoilers I’ll be incredibly careful with what plot details I’ll give. From the trailer you’ve probably figured out Interstellar is about Matthew McConaughey going to space in a rocket. Earth is dying and his character Cooper is selected to go on a special mission to find humanity a new home. So it’s a bit like The Core but not shit. Once Cooper and his team which includes Anne Hathaway and Wes Bentley leave Earth the drama properly kicks in.
Interstellar at first may seem like Gravity 2 but this isn’t a film about how Sandra Bullock has no grip strength, this is much bigger in scope. It asks questions about our significance or lack of in the universe and how far the human race should go for the survival of our species. Mostly though Interstellar is about the pioneer spirit of humans, the need to explore and always push forward.
Nolan nails this feeling of excitement with the way the space exploration is shot. Cameras are fixed on the top of the ships pulling the viewer right in to the action. The visuals display spectacle on a massive scale not seen since 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film that Interstellar will be most compared to. And its a fair comparison as both movies cover similar themes with Interstellar not quite achieving the depth and wonder of Kubrick’s classic.
As usual Nolan get’s the best out of the excellent actors with Matthew McConaughey being a standout in the lead role. Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain are great too and all of the cast are superb in some highly emotional scenes. They even rattle off scientific jargon with utter confidence making you feel they understand relativity, and black holes, and midichlorians, and what the hell ALF was supposed to be. However behind the science Interstellar is a story about exploration, love, death,and sacrifice. It doesn’t hit the mark the way Inception did but you need to see what it has to offer, preferably on the biggest screen possible. Interstellar is ambitious, flawed, beautiful, and epic, but most of all it’ll make you pause for a moment and think about your place in the universe. And that’s definitely worth three hours of your evening.
Have you seen Interstellar? Did you like it as much as me? Do you know what the hell ALF is supposed to be? Let me know in the comments below.