Just came back from the premiere of Interstellar with a packed room in IMAX and let me start by saying this… I can understand and NOT understand why this film is getting such mediocre and bad reviews. I honestly was afraid that the movie might disappoint me. I’m glad to inform you…it didn’t… because Interstellar, for me, might be Nolan’s best film.
In a not so distant future, we find Earth in a particularly dangerous situation. Because of the hazardous effects of drought, famine, and global warming, food has become scarce and the planet is nearing the point of being inhabitable. It is under these conditions that we meet Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a widowed engineer turned farmer with a NASA past, his young daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy) his son Tom, and father (John Lithgow). After accidentally stumbling upon a secret NASA facility, Cooper learns from Professor Brand (Michael Caine) of a wormhole that was discovered in their solar system, which would allow interstellar travel to other galaxies in search of habitable planets. After some convincing, Cooper makes the decision to lead the voyage despite Murph’s pleas.
The idea behind Interstellar is fascinating, but not altogether revolutionary in nature. What I found most interesting were the various underlying themes that were both obvious and omnipresent through the duration of this adventure. In Inception and Memento, Nolan plays extensively with the idea of memory, but in Interstellar he firmly tackles the notion of time, and wraps it around the idea of love to create a wonderfully emotional story. I’m not a genius in physics, let’s be clear on that, and there are definitely a few moments when some of the scientific theories soared right over my head. However, Nolan doesn’t let these physics-based ideas continue in their confusing trajectory, but circles them back around in ways that will leave you getting the idea. That’s the ploy of a truly fantastic storyteller, and Nolan (and his brother) proves once again that he’s on the top of his game.
When it comes to a Nolan film, we’ve come to expect several things. As discussed above, we know that he’s a incredible storyteller, but we know that he demands the best performances possible from his actors. When has he let us down performance-wise? (Okay, Marion Cotillard’s death in The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t count…) Once again, the acting is rather spectacular, except for one actrice named Jessica Chastain. The character of Murph exemplifies the notion of time in which Nolan plays with so extensively in the film. We find her at three points in her life: Adolescence, middle-aged, and elderly. At adolescence and elderly stages, the actresses nail the richly complex character on the head. Mackenzie Foy carries several of the more emotional scenes in the beginning of Interstellar on her small shoulders. Jessica Chastain was perfectly casted as middle aged Murph, but her acting totally failed to convince me and was the only one I just couldn’t feel emotionally.
I had very high expectations for Matthew McConaughey in the movie. I’m happy to inform you that he in some cases surpassed, my expectations. McConaughey takes this opportunity to prove just how much he deserves his Academy Award. His character suffers deeply from this trip, not just physically in moments, but emotionally from the sheer distance placed between him and his beloved daughter Murph. Although his thoughts are on the mission at hand, we never forget that he’s doing it more for his children than for himself, in the hopes that he will see their faces again someday.
Glazed with spectacular cinematography by Dutch-Swedish cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema and reinforced with an incredible powerful score by Hans Zimmer, Interstellar reaffirms its position as one of the best films of the year. With that being said however, the movie had his pacing issues. I truly felt that the film lost a bit of his pace during Act 2, but these feelings quickly dispersed as the plot of the film continued. The visual effects was incredibly beautiful and is the main reason why you won’t forget this movie very soon.
This was one cinematic journey you will not forget for years… maybe forever. The story about a father’s undying love for his daughter (I feel a bit sad for the son now). Christopher Nolan takes us both to and from our home on Earth, and regardless of our location in the universe, love remains a prevailing innate sensation that we cannot possibly deny or attempt to escape. The movie requires a few re-watches that’s for sure and will happily sit again in the cinema for 3 hours.
Interstellar and Enemy are the best films I’ve seen this year so far and I will have a hard time to decide which movie will hit the #1 spot for me, but I’ve yet to see Nightcrawler (which I will see tomorrow) and Birdman. Anyway…
Interstellar gets a well-deserved 9/10.