Title: Interstellar (2014)
Director: Christopher Nolan (Memento)
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy
Plot: In the future our Earth is slowly dying, man’s only option to find a new home amongst the stars. Pilot and single parent Cooper (McConaughey) must make the agonising decision to pilot mankind’s last hope of finding a new home and face the prospect of never seeing his family again. On board the Endurance the men and women on this intergalactic trek will head through wormholes and into the unknown and discover new worlds both beautiful and frightening.
“We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt”
Review by Eddie on 10/11/2014
Disclaimer – this review is based on the IMAX version of Interstellar
A cinematic experience of the highest order, I imagine Interstellar will be many different things to many different people; a movie that will inspire thought, flame imagination and push filmmaking in a varied myriad of new and exciting directions. Yet it will also be a film that divides the masses, as we’ve seen already with critics. While many will herald the vision and scope of Christopher Nolan’s most ambitious film yet, there will be equal amounts that find fault in its lofty goals, pick holes in its unashamedly mawkish sentiments and then there’s those that think Matthew McConaughey might mumble just a little too much. Taking a very personal approach to a movie I feel deeply awe struck by, I will be one of those many people that completely and faithfully stick by a film that for years to come will be a new benchmark in not only the Sci-Fi genre but movie making as a whole.
Naming Interstellar as my most anticipated movie of the year was based on Christopher Nolan’s impeccable track record at crafting lofty and masterfully made movies. Over a period of nearly two decades now, the British auteur has oft delved into the human condition, whether it be our memories, our dreams or our dark knights, Nolan has always reached for the stars and never more literally than in his most affecting tale here. That critics have found flaws and faults in this journey bemuses me greatly, and in saying journey I truly believe this is as close as we could ever come as an audience to such an expedition (not since the Lord of the Rings trilogy had I felt so immersed in a world, in a trek). Critical backlashes to Interstellar confounds me so, as finding flaws here makes me wonder where these critics were for Nolan’s previous productions. From Following right through to his most flawed yet thoroughly enjoyable Inception, Nolan’s films have always been far from foolproof experiences yet nit-picking them would be taking away from the abundance of cinematic genius that lays so openly before us. Interstellar without question is riddled with moments and with scenarios that are very far from perfect, yet what encompasses them is something one can only marvel at.
Displaying a directional tone and an emotional depth that imposes maturity on an already mature beyond-his-years filmmaker, Interstellar sees Nolan open up new dimensions both literally and in a directional sense, and there is a heart here I’ve never seen from Nolan, an emotional core that beats so strongly even as we venture deeper and deeper into the unknown with McConaughey’s Cooper and his crew of mankind’s saviours. There are ideas here that not only click your mind into overdrive, but a beating pulse that drives this adventure into the affecting material it becomes. This is Nolan at his finest and we see yet another stunning turn from the born-again McConaughey, with a scene where Cooper watches videos now years old of his family particularly showcasing the power of McConaughey as an actor and he is without question the rock that allows Interstellar to be built upon. There are also visuals to wow the mind here, fantastic cinematography work by new Nolan DOP Hoyte Van Hoytema and a score by Hans Zimmer that must surely be one of the most finely crafted film musical accompaniments of the modern movie era, and there is a general sense of overall excellence to a production that clearly wanted to do justice to its master’s grand visions.
Once more on a personal note, I was starting to question the power of modern day movies to engage in an entertainment sense, an emotional sense and in a thought provoking manner but Interstellar has wholeheartedly showcased to me once more the power the medium holds when produced in such a splendid manner. Sure Anne Hathaway can be annoying, yes no doubt some of the dialogue may clunk and do we really need our movies 100% scientifically accurate? These criticisms of the film are valid to a point; but they’re also criticisms of a film that do not in any way, shape or form matter. Put your prejudices aside, allow yourself to be carried away on the Endurance and Nolan’s cinematic treat will take you on a movie trip unlike any other (even when paying homage to Sci-Fi greats that have preceded it). A startling example of the power of big budget movie making and a wonderful vision come to life, Interstellar is not only the big screen movie of the year but an all-time classic that I for one can guarantee will be talked about and studied for years to come by a raft of not only movie lovers, but movie makers, inspired to reach for the unknown just like Nolan did here.
5 A-listers in cryogenic sleep out of 5