Christopher Nolan has made some truely amazing movies; Batman was a grittier complete re-imagining and re-vitalization of a paint it by numbers franchise. Not to mention the psychotropic mind-bending contortions of Inception.
Interstellar on the other hand is something completely different.
Interstellar is Science Fiction. a Morgan Freeman through the wormhole kind of scifi. This isn’t Star Wars, Star Trek, or Guardians of the Galaxy, and anyone who approaches it with such expectations will be disappointed. It’s more along the lines of recent movies like Contact (which also starred Matthew McConaughey) and Gravity (though how a 40-50 year old Sandra Bullock and pushing 55 George Clooney could become astronauts is a huge stretch, but I digress).
It’s hard to talk about the story without ruining its So let’s be vague. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) lives with his family – his father-in-law (John Lithgow) and two young kids – in a not-too-distant future where living off huge fields of corn is the only business around. Dust storms brew, and there’s an apocalyptic vibe, as if the Depression of the 1930s had been transplanted to a dying Earth.
Cooper has a strong bond with his daughter, Murph (Mackenzie Foy). But when this former pilot is given a chance to head a mission into space, he grabs it. This rough-and-ready everyman’s destiny is to join a secret project to save the Earth directed by the ageing Professor Brand (Michael Caine). And so he blasts into orbit in the company of Brand’s daughter (Anne Hathaway) and two other scientists (Wes Bentley, David Gyasi). This is no bus hop to the Moon: their aim is to slip through a wormhole near Saturn and search for other planets capable of sustaining life.
For anyone with a hunger for cerebral science fiction rather than the god bless the USA watered-down version, Hollywood typically offers, Interstellar is in parts incredible.
Yes it is big-budget science fiction endeavour but at the same time a very simple tale of love and sacrifice. It is in parts, beautifully breathtaking, hopeful, and heartbreaking and epic, at a whopping 3 hours!!. I advise you to watch it on the biggest screen you can find.
But like me you may come out of the cinema wondering if you enjoyed the movie or not.
All the makings of a masterpiece but somewhat spoiled by the cheesy human interest story of love that runs through it.