Interstellar – Christopher Nolan at his best!
Every books you see up close in Mackenzie Foy bedroom were chosen by Christopher Nolan himself, every one of them as a meaning to him, nothing was put into the library randomly.
Should I see it?
Interstellar is a spectacular movie for those who are willing to wait before the tempo goes up slowly. Also, it can be quite complex so go see it if you’re in the mood for that, otherwise, if what you are looking for is a light movie, skip your turn!
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Released on November 7, 2014
Running Time: 169 minutes
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy
Review – 8.6/10
The Earth is dying, the human race doesn’t have long to live if nothing is done. A group of scientists is sent into space to find a planet that could be our new home.
A scientific of formation, Cooper, lives on a farm with his children and their grand-father. The air is almost unbreathable, sand storms are now a frequent series of event. A discovery is done that there is a black hole near Saturn that could be a way to another galaxy where they think one of the planets will be habitable and sustain humanity. Cooper is ask to be a part of this mission of going to the planets to make tests and see if the last of the human race could find a new home.
The movie is complex, good, near great even, but complex! It needs your full attention to understand all the concepts that the scientific characters are explaining, don’t go buy popcorn during the movie, what you are missing can be of great importance to understand the rest! While watching it, you can’t help but think “Only Christopher Nolan can pull off something like this”! In Inception, Nolan (who is co-writer and director) uses time theories with dreams, in Interstellar he links it with gravity theories. If you are willing to be attentive for 2h50, than the movie is worth it. Every time there is a new turn of events and you ask yourself where is he taking you with that, he managed to pull you right back into the story with his way of explaining what’s happening and what’s going to happen next. Unlike Inception where no other used those concepts for a movie before, Interstellar is fundamentally nothing new. All form of live on Earth could die soon, so a team is send into space to try to save them by finding a new planet to live on. What makes it an original movie goes beyond the basics of the story, it’s in the way everything is describe with precise details, maybe it is not pure scientific knowledge, it’s a movie of course there will be fiction, but it’s enough to give us a well written script with a good guideline and to keep us entertained! There is also a hidden message in the movie about what mankind should do right now if we don’t want to look for somewhere else to live…
Beside the script, a strong point of the movie is the actors who worked their magic from the beginning to the end. Every one of them is extremely credible in his role, from the youngest to the oldest! In my personal opinion, it is one of the best acting I saw of Matthew McConaughey, no matter what he is doing, talking to his children to make them understand he has to go, or while he is in the space, not really knowing what to do next, he passes off the screen to us every single emotions he is feeling. Anne Hathaway is, like often, perfect for the role of a scientist who believes that something can be done to save mankind and she puts herself to try and succeed her goal at 150%. It is no surprise that Michael Caine is in this one, just like he was in the past Nolan movies, and once again a great choice! Casey Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon and Mackenzie Foy are all impressive.
I think just buy watching the previews there is no need to say that the visual effects are impressive, well worth to see it in theaters! They could be in space or an unknown planet, we believed somewhere like that could really exist. One of the special effects coordinator worked on Inception, The Dark Knight, Fury, X-Men First Class, Titanic and Terminator 2, enough said that what you will see will be up to your expectations! The music is once again composed by Hans Zimmer who Christopher Nolan seems to favor and with good reasons! He is the last fundamental piece to bring us fully into the movie and to keep us there, alternating between deferent tempos depending of the situations.
Unlike other movies of a team that try to save the world, Interstellar doesn’t try to sell us heroes, but simply the men and women that are thinking of their children and the next generations, it is a fact that I loved about the movie. First and foremost they are humans, with emotions and temptations, with guts and feelings that tell them different things and make them debate what decisions they must take next. You see the impact of leaving it has on them and on their families, how being confronted of doing what is right can bring heartaches and deceptions to the ones they love the most, but also to themselves.
I personally loved it, I know some people will find it to be too long to get to the point, but Christopher Nolan out did himself another time with Interstellar, and if a complex, but great story is something you like, than seeing it in theater is really worth it!