Interstellar (2014) Movie Review:
Christopher and Jonathan Nolan have done it again with Interstellar. For starters, I found Interstellar to be a great intermediary between Christopher Nolan’s Inception and his epic Dark Knight trilogy; making Interstellar a finely crafted and tuned piece of art. It is a story for anyone, anywhere, who has ever questioned anything around them and are curious to take just a slight peek into the unknown. Interstellar may not be as accessible as Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is, but not as out of reach as some may feel about Inception. It thus becomes the perfect embodiment of a thought provoking piece of cinema that does not, in any way, insult one’s intelligence nor make one feel too daft while attempting to fully grasp its concepts.
Matthew McConaughey, in another Oscar deserving role, portrays Cooper, a brilliant engineer turned family man after the death of his wife, and farmer after the collapse of the world’s ecosystem. To be as spoiler-free as possible, after a course of actions, Cooper is appointed captain of a ‘post Lazarus’ space shuttle mission by Professor Brand (Michael Caine), which was designed in order to take Cooper and pre-selected, team including, Brand (Anne Hathaway), Romilly (David Gyasi), Doyle (Wes Bentley), and a robot named TARS (Bill Irwin), through a worm-hole into the unknown in order to find a planet capable of sustaining human life since the Earth is dying. Cinematographer, Hoyte Van Hoytema, did a superb job creating such eye-candy complimenting the ever-compelling storyline. I can only imagine that once Interstellar hits Blu-ray that it will become the new ‘demo-worthy’ disc to own. The special effects and sound design were state of the art, but that is to be expected for a movie with an estimated $165 million budget.
Interstellar clocks in at 169 minutes with a PG-13 rating, but do not let either deter you. Its approximate 3 hour runtime feels like it goes by in a flash, while the content of the movie finely delivers. It goes to show you that Hollywood can make an adult-themed movie without gratuitous nudity and repeated expletive language. For the record, I am not against any of that, but it is just refreshing to see a film and/or premium channel television show without it every so often.
Interstellar captivates as much as it makes you ponder what is actually out there, and what we, as the human race, can eventually accomplish. I found myself sitting in the IMAX theater, after the movie, watching the credits roll, simply thinking; not only about the events during the final act of the film, but what the future holds for us as a species. To say the least, I was not only moved by Interstellar, but am left with a burning desire to explore what we are truly capable of as human beings. With all that being said, I would like to end this review with an extremely apropos quote stated by late comedian, Bill Hicks, “The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”