Interstellar – Review

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine
Release Date (US): 7th November, 2014
Company: Paramount Pictures/Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures

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“Do not go gentle into that good night…” – Professor Brand

Christopher Nolan (Inception) returns to the big screen this November with his much anticipated sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar. Set in the not-too-distant future, the Earth is ravaged by famine and drought, and humanity faces the very real possibility of extinction. Their only hope presents itself in the form of a rip in the space-time continuum. A group of explorers, led by Matthew McConaughey’s (Dallas Buyers Club) Cooper, must travel beyond our solar system in search of a new world that can sustain human life.

The Story

Based on years of research conducted by theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, the popular director doesn’t hold back with this one. The script, written by Nolan and his brother, Jonathon (Memento), is impressively complex – but has the tendency to both dazzle and confuse at the same time. As such, there are big questions about its appeal to mainstream audiences, especially those looking for a far more accessible affair.

Far more engaging are the human stories that intertwine within the events of this film.  The movie’s emotional core is built around Coop’s relationship with his children, leading to some truly heartbreaking moments. The film masterfully generates a sense of wonder about space and the unknown – recapturing the magic of extraterrestrial travel. All in all, it makes for an incredibly beautiful and visually arresting experience.

The Acting

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“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” – Cooper

Currently enjoying the most successful period of his career at the moment, Matthew McConaughey delivers yet another confident and memorable leading performance that may well generate some awards buzz by the end of year. Equally impressive is Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga) as Coop’s young daughter, Murphy, with whom he shares some of the movie’s best scenes. These two carry the bulk of the movie’s emotional weight.

Having impressed in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, Anne Hathaway turns in another stellar performance once again under the same director. Her Amelia Brand is passionate, driven, and a perfect foil to the cocky yet internally conflicted Cooper. Elsewhere, there are some great supporting performances, from Jessica Chastain (The Help), Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) and David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas) in particular, but the undisputed star of the show is Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married) as the voice of the loveable robot, TARS.

Direction & Tone

Nolan is undoubtedly one of the most talented directors in Hollywood. He shows that talent in abundance here once again, crafting a very well made and visually superior movie. However, there’s a case that he may have overreached himself this time around. While The Dark Knight and Inception were intelligent, cerebral blockbusters, it was still possible to follow their plots in one sitting. In the case of Interstellar, it’s a lot harder to do so, suggesting that Nolan’s ambition has perhaps got the better of him this time around.

Stray Observations

  • “I also have a humor cue light if it helps. You can use it to find your way back to the spaceship after I blast you out of the airlock.” – TARS is a truly wonderful human robot being.
  • Honestly Nolan couldn’t have picked are more divisive target audience with this film. Critics are either complaining it’s too complicated to be any good, or that the science is too oversimplified and inaccurate. It’s just a movie! Gawd!
  • At the end of the day, this movie is a visual treat, and is only a few steps away from joining some of Nolan’s other masterpieces. I don’t care what anyone else says, this is his 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • That said, I for one am vehemently disappointed with the lack of any classic McConaughey dialogue in this movie. All right, all right, allriiiiight!

The Verdict

Although the concept is a tad overbearing, Christopher Nolan pulls off yet another mind-bending and visually stunning experience. A pair of fantastic lead performances from Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway help provide the heart to match the visuals.

4.5 Stars - Excellent

Result: “Excellent”


About Minty

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