Director – Christopher Nolan
Starring – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine
I can’t help but convey how much love and respect I have for this film. Interstellar has to be the most ambitious and groundbreaking science fiction adventure since Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. There just aren’t enough superlatives to describe how fantastic this film is, It’s an experience that very few sci-fi’s are able to offer.
Interstellar is an epic and emotional sci-fi adventure, accompanied by yet another beautiful original score from Hans Zimmer. Interstellar is many things, it is about overcoming the impossible. It is about evolution, sacrifice, love, fear, and going into
the great unknown. It is about exploring new possibilities and searching in desperation for a new hope, a new beginning.
Now, it goes without saying how talented and creative Christopher Nolan is. He’s a true innovator and I knew as soon as I saw his name tied to this film that it was going to be something special. Every project Nolan works on gets crafted so meticulously, so passionately and each and every time he continues to remind the viewers of the calibre they can expect when watching one of his films. Interstellar is no different.
With Interstellar we see an almost clean slate in regards to casting from Nolan. Absolutely stand out performances all round and an impressive supporting cast to boot, with the likes of Matt Damon, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck and Topher Grace. Interstellar is quite possibly one of Matthew McConaughey’s best performances, certainly his most emotional, from a fading rom-com star to an Oscar winning best actor. What a turn around. Anyone else getting tired of seeing Michael Caine yet? Me neither. I’m sure Nolan could have squeezed him in Memento somewhere!
One of the first things that become apparent when watching Interstellar is how enveloping the atmosphere is, it’s extraordinary. The harmony between sound scape and picture is so captivating and powerful, It feels like every scene has been carefully constructed to trigger an emotional and physical response. Adrenaline induced goosebumps, tears, anxiety or being left in complete awe when confronted with a 4000 foot wave as a 5 minute crescendo reaches it’s climax. Incredible. Hans Zimmer really has done an exceptional job with the films score, he has created such an engaging and memorable soundtrack.
Visually, Interstellar looks breathtaking. Nolan’s adaptation of our universe is a revolution in the Sci-fi genre, never before has space been depicted in such a way. Every scene in Interstellar from the dust storms on earth, to the journey through a wormhole has Nolan’s signature style to it. Everything feels and looks believable. CGI used only when necessary, beautiful visual effects and a theoretical physicist just to make sure everything is portrayed as accurately as possible.
The story behind Interstellar is a very thought-provoking and emotional one. Full of subtle undertones and metaphors, twists, turns and the lengths and struggles mankind goes through to escape the threat of extinction. This story begins on Earth, in a modern 21st century where our planet has been stricken by crop blight. Slowly running out of natural resources our protagonists venture across the universe in the hopes of finding another habitable planet for human life to once again thrive on. From the very beginning we’re made aware of how powerful and important love is, this theme stays present throughout the film and is ultimately the driving force behind Interstellar. An unbreakable bond between a father and daughter, both trying to figure out how to save the human race from extinction from opposite sides of the universe.
As the story progresses we begin to see how difficult this voyage into space has become, conflicts arise, motives are questioned and truths are revealed that will impact
everybody. This is where the real science behind Interstellar comes into play. The theories of gravity and relativity, time and space distortion, higher dimensions and intergalactic travel are all explained and serve to be the barriers and gateways when it comes to the fate of human civilisation.
As the story closes out, We realise how skewed man’s perspective becomes when faced with inevitability, when tested beyond their natural limits. We become conscious that sacrifices have to be made in order to progress, in order to evolve and keep moving forward. That love and our basic survival instinct will drive us to do what’s necessary, at all costs.
Interstellar isn’t without it’s imperfections. I felt that the closure between Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his daughter toward the end of the film (Ellen Burstyn) was very underwhelming and lacked any real emotion or impact. I also wish Nolan had gone into greater detail on some of the story’s plot points, or completely eradicated the unnecessary ones.
Interstellar is a monumental feat in modern science fiction. It’s an experience unlike any other, it invokes wonder and awe and stimulates every emotion until exhaustion.
Interstellar surpasses the highest of expectations with grace and aplomb. Christopher Nolan has done a beautiful job of showcasing our universe and all the wonders that lie in it. Fiction or not, having the opportunity to see what science, research and the creative arts have conjured up could be all we will ever see in regards to the great unknown.