INTERSTELLAR (2014)

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Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Synopsis: A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity.

Wow. Wow wow wow. Christopher Nolan is incapable of making a bad film. OK, so Interstellar has flaws. Blah, blah, blah. Who cares when the film as a whole is so visually spectaular and inspires such a sense of awe. I mean, this is what cinema was invented for. Moments like this, and Gravity and the first time you saw Avatar in 3D. Yes, the films in question aren’t the best films ever made on a story telling or dialogue point of view, but for sheer jaw dropping visual scope they take some beating.

After Gravity it was going to take something special to make space seem as real and vast. Nolan just may have pulled it off with Interstellar, whilst also adding more of a plot aswell. Sure, the story may not be to everyone’s taste and the science is apparently questionable (went over my head to be fair) but who really cares? We are watching a film here. A piece of fiction that is supposed to excite and thrill, and you can’t say it didn’t do that well.

The film is set in the not too distant future, the earth ravaged by droughts and famine. Matthew McConaughey (the career revival shows no signs of slowing down) plays an astronaut turned farmer, trying to look after his kids. With the prospect that humans will become extinct, scientists headed by Michael Caine have found a worm hole which could lead to new planets where mankind can start a fresh. McConaughey, as you would guess, is tasked to lead a team to find a suitable planet.

The actors are all top notch from McConaughey and Hathaway right down to young Mackenzie Foy as McConaughey’s daughter. But the real star of the show is, as usual with a Nolan film, the visuals. Space and it’s planets are unbelievable. One scene where the spaceship floats past Saturn, as a tiny little speck, just has to be seen to be believed. It is true cinema.

The film has been accused of being too saccharine with the whole father/daughter stuff, but I disagree. Maybe having children myself it appealed to my parental side, but some of the plots about timeshifts etc were truly heartbreaking and had me holding back the tears.

Personally my only critiscism of the film was the last twenty minutes which didn’t hold up as well as the rest of the film. Obviously I’m not going to give anything away, but those twenty minutes meant I couldn’t give the film the full five star’s the previous two and half hours richly deserved.

Nonetheless Interstellar is a film, more than any other perhaps, that demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible. A true feat for cinema, and full marks to Chris Nolan once again.

4.5 clappers

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13 comments

  1. Good review. It’s ambitions are clear, however, it doesn’t always work. But it’s worth watching. That’s for sure.

    • I thought it mostly did work to be fair, apart from the last twenty or so minutes which got a bit messy. As a piece of cinema it’s hard to beat I think.

  2. Has Nolan had a misfire yet? I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve seen so far (memento, batmans, inception)

  3. kirksroom

    Maybe my letdown was based mainly on this being called a love-letter to 2001: A Space Odyssey. I wonder if the people saying this have ever seen 2001: A Space Odyssey because this is so so far from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    I honestly thought this was just a lighthearted, conventional sci-fi story for entertainment. The visuals were the only thing very impressive. I didn’t relate to the characters much. Obviously I didn’t in 2001 either, but there we were never even supposed to. And the constant techno-babble is very wearing.

    And I didn’t see much of a deep philosophical point to the film either really. This movie mostly works on your emotions rather than any logic or reason. The ending basically just seems to me: “But she could love Charles Wallace. She could stand there and she could love Charles Wallace. Her own Charles Wallace, the real Charles Wallace, the child for whom she had come back to Camazotz, to IT, the baby who was so much more than she was, and who was yet so utterly vunerable. She could love Charles Wallace. Charles. Charles, I love you. My baby brother who always takes care of me. Come back to me, Charles Wallace, come away from IT, come back, come home. I love you, Charles. Oh, Charles Wallace, I love you. Tears were streaming down her cheeks, but she was unaware of them. Now she was even able to look at him, at this animated thing that was not her own Charles Wallace at all. She was able to look and love.
    I love you. Charles Wallace, you are my darling and my dear and the light of my life and the treasure of my heart. I love you. I love you. I love you.” After all there is SUCH – A – THING as a TESS-ERACT.

  4. kirksroom

    I would suggest just sitting home and watching 2001: A Space Odyssey, but honestly just reading A Wrinkle in Time would probably suffice. It’s written for 8-9 year olds just like Interstellar but it’s a lot more imaginative.

  5. kirksroom

    Oh, hell, just read When You Reach Me.

  6. Great review man – this movie is a real cinematic triumph. People are judging it entirely different due to the Nolan factor but I can assure you if this was the work of a no name director, people would be heralding in it’s glories.
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    • Ansolutely man. Cinema is supposed to wow and amaze you, and thats what this film does. I thought some of the so called sugary moments were actually quite heartbreaking personally! This is what cinema should be. Together we stand brother!

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