Movie Review #3: Interstellar (2014)

 

Interstellar promo poster
Interstellar promo poster (source: hollywoodreporter.com)

Title: Interstellar (IMDb)
Directed byChristopher Nolan
Written byJonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Year: 2014
Length: 169 min.
Rating: 12
My IMDb rating: 9/10

After reading several great reviews about this movie, I was finally able to watch it myself. Now I know why everyone was so excited about it.

Christopher Nolan is best known for his Dark Knight trilogy, Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and the movie Inception (2010). Thus, reading his name in the credits, a movie enthusiast will know that they can expect something good. Not only is Christopher Nolan highly acclaimed for his powerful directing, with Inception, he also demonstrated that he is able to write complex and thrilling scripts. Being a fan of both, the Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, I was very hopeful for Interstellar.

The movie’s plot is simple enough. At first.

We are taken into a dystopian future. Earth is dying and human kind with it. Technology in general, and space travel especially, are considered a waste of money and resources. The moon landing is being taught in school as a farce, so as to not encourage children to look up into the sky for a rescue but rather stay and try to save what is left of this planet human kind calls home.

Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), an ex-pilot for NASA, lives on a corn farm with his two children, son Tom and daughter Murph, and his father in law, Donald. Cooper is an intelligent, resourceful but also practical man. A man who rather thinks about the future than the past. He cares about his children more than anything else. Especially his daughter Murph, named after “Murphy’s law”, is dear to him.

When Murph tells her father about her “ghost” who crashes her things and throws books out of her shelves, Cooper tells her to investigate, collect all facts and to not be afraid. As it turns out, Murph’s “ghost” is somehow able to use gravitation to communicate. It tells Cooper and his daughter the coordinates to a secret NASA station. Cooper discovers that there are still people who are looking to the stars in the hope of a new planet to call home. He is faced with a difficult decision: stay and continue living the way he had, knowing that his daughter’s generation will be the last to survive on Earth, or go out into space and try to find a new planet for humanity to thrive on.

In the end, there is but one way to go. Cooper joins Dr. Brand (Anne Hathaway) and two of her colleagues on their journey through a mysterious wormhole to another galaxy where three promising planets await further inspection. Together, they face the unforeseeable dangers of discovering new planets, and the known but unthinkable costs that come with space travel. Their mission takes them further away from everything and everyone they have left behind on Earth than they could’ve possibly imagined.

Up until to a certain point, the plot was logical and clear. I was really enjoying myself in the cinema. It was thrilling to follow the story’s developments, beautiful to watch the wonderful shots and the outstanding acting. The film was perfect.

Then, some philosophical, complicated idea about 5 dimensions and time-surpassing actions that seemingly influenced everything that happened in the movie up until then made it all seem ridiculous. If you have seen the movie, you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t seen it yet, you will understand what I mean once you see it. Luckily, this story development didn’t ruin the movie as a whole. It’s just too good to be spoiled by something like that. If you like action filled, emotional and enthralling Sci-Fi and/or dystopian movies, you will love this one.

You really should go and watch it. Watch it in the cinema as it’s made for the big screen. You will not be disappointed. Even if I was slightly put off by how the story turned out, I still loved the movie in the end. I shouldn’t be fussy about details here. Christopher Nolan yet again made an excellent movie that will surely get the one or other award nomination.

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3 thoughts on “Movie Review #3: Interstellar (2014)

  1. Thanks for the review 😁 been a while since I went to a big screen. Makes me laugh to think about how many hours I used to spend watching movies compared to these days!

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