Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine
Wow. Just wow.
What a visually stunning piece of work. And not only was it a privilege to watch, but the story was executed so well.
I think it’s fair to say that Christopher Nolan is quite an ambitious guy who likes to make a statement. After watching his films you’re more than likely to be holding onto your head, trying to digest what’s just happened. Think Inception, Memento and hell even The Dark Knight trilogy.
The plot of Interstellar is, in one word, dense.
To simplify it without ruining anything: Earth’s run out of food and everybody’s relying on corn crops to survive. The air is becoming unbreathable. Now NASA’s sending a team out into space through a wormhole and into a new galaxy in the hopes of finding a habitable planet.
While it may sound apocalyptic, the film is more about hope and survival then it is about doom. It’s deeply scientific and quotes physics theories like no tomorrow.
There’s a lot to digest what with black holes, gravity, new dimensions and wormholes being thrown left, right and centre. But in its confusion, it also makes total sense. Time does run slower on certain worlds and other dimensions can exist. (Dr. Kip Thorne, one of the world’s most celebrated theoretical physicists, was a consultant on the film.)
Interstellar takes you out of space and presents to you so many ideas. Ideas that may seem impossible but once you see and experience the vastness of an empty space (in IMAX!), it’ll daunt and scare you.
Though take away the science and it’s still an opera; a masterpiece. It’ll tug at your heartstrings and it’ll make you want to soar.
A brilliant cast (Jessica Chastain a clear standout) and, in my opinion, a much better space film than Gravity. Hans Zimmer has once again delivered a perfect score to accompany the intensity and emptiness of space. Juxtaposing that with the unexpected silences really makes the viewing an engaged experience.
It’s bold and it’s beautiful and you most definitely need to go see this ASAP.