Some movies are made to be experienced in certain ways. This is to be experienced in IMAX. If you don't then you're doing yourself a disservice, if you do then thank Christopher Nolan for giving you the opportunity.
What can i say about Interstellar that you really want to know? Its from Christopher Nolan so the hype around it is already incredibly high, simply look at his track record and it speaks for itself. You know a little bit about it from what you've seen or heard but theres still some secrecy on what its really about still and thats driving you crazy. You DO know it deals with space and time so thats a intriguing concept that interests you maybe but the main, most important question that you along with everyone else wants to know...is it any good?
Look, if you're a Nolan fan already then you'll love it. If you're a Michael Caine fan then you'll love it. If you love space themed movies and the idea of time continuation and science then you'll definitely love it. If you're just wanting to see a movie on the fly then you may not love it. This isn't going to be for everyone is why i say that, its not a 90 minute movie thats dumbed down for your viewing pleasure to just forget it once you leave the theatre. No, this is a 2 hour and 49 minute monumental piece of work thats meticulously crafted around a complex story that actual requires the viewer to pay attention for once and its a huge welcome with a valued payoff for those who embrace it.
When's the last time you went to the movies and really, really, really had a 'experience'? One where you were honestly invested in what you were seeing unfold in front of you? Something that your dollar was well spent on? Something that wasn't too far from being able to make real sense to you on a level you could connect with or care enough to think about? If you don't have a immediate response then don't worry, they don't come too often now a days but this delivers what you may of been missing and what cinema deserves.
Its not too far in the distant future for us where we face the realization that we, as a planet, abused our natural resources well past the level of greed and into exhaustion to where it resulted in a natural disaster creating majority of the population to be eliminated. New structure is developed and jobs such as farmers are in high demand as corn is the only crop still in existence and intricate to nourishment and survival, not only from the lack of food but from the harsh common dirt storms that attack.
Cooper, (Matthew McConaughey) is one of those farmers. A retired former NASA pilot who now harvests his own crops and looks over his young children, daughter Murphy (Mackenzie Foy) and his son Tom (Timothee Chalamet) who also helps his dad out around the farm while Murphy is more into science, reading and mysteries.
She starts to calmly mention that her room has a ghost as it keeps knocking over books from a bookcase across her room at random times. When they are picked up, small found oddities later turn into small clues but enough for a determined intelligent girl to crack along with some help from her dad. The new found discovery leads them to a compound that until now was kept a secret. There, Michael Caine, playing Professor Brand and Anne Hathway as Brands daughter, scientist Amelia, work for NASA which the Professor and Cooper already have a existing relationship thru previous work when he was a pilot, their best in fact. Cooper learns the grave and dire imminent threat to earth after being educated by the Professor and the fact that civilization will be wiped out soon if another planet isn't discovered to be inhabitable for them to live on in time. Thanks to the power of persuasion and Caine's smooth voice, Cooper agrees to accept the mission of piloting the ship that will take him and a team to explore 3 possible locations to test that all require going thru a wormhole with uncertain results that await.
The estimated time for this journey is unknown and Cooper must break the devastating news to his family but Murph takes it the hardest to heart and emotionally and physically detaches from him. After saying the goodbyes he can, he leaves to do what no other has done before. Having had to choose between his family and doing something for the greater good, the choice doesn't rest easy on him even if it was the right thing to do. His mind is focused on doing whats needed now but his heart is at home.
Doing what he left for, he boards with his team that consists of Amelia, Doyle (another scientist played by Wes Bentley) and a robot named TARS who has a human personality voiced at times humorously with intent by Bill Irwin. Prior test runs have been used before to these locations in the past, they seek to collect the left behind data along with any survivors as well to determine if the research was proven successful or worthwhile and if so, to report confirmation back to earth for preparation for colony set up.
Anyone who knows how a Nolan film works, knows that he doesn't do a simple cookie cutter movie and provides his unique 'tricks'. This isn't any exception, i cant continue to go on with the story without spoiling anything for you as it honestly turns from one tone to a complete other in the second half and more details are unraveled as the intensity of the mission increases to save the whats left of humanity as we know it.
The performances are what really helps drive this long ride. Matthew coming off of Mud, Dallas Buyers Club, Wolf On Wall Street and True Detective continues to impress with showcasing his talents when applied to the right roles as a father who has to save the world along with facing the fact that he may never see his daughter again while she continues to grow older (later played by Jessica Chastain) with no closure after the way he left her along with Casey Affleck later playing the brother Tom as he grows older too. Matthew's great at displaying his raw emotions here and delivers a strong overall performance despite a few cliche lines thrown in. Michael Caine as usual is just great to watch delivering a role with finesse that you can relate compassion to....Its Anne Hathway though who i felt was simply miscast as the scientist here. For a character to come off as so independent and strong (which she did well) but to be able to cry from being heavily invested into science to then later use emotion and disregard logic for a personal search for a love thats long lost that would put the current mission at risk, she just failed to carry over the proper emotions when needed for this aspect where others could of done better. Disconnect was felt due to this unfortunately but not enough to deter from the impact of the rest of the movie itself by any means. More supporting cast makes up for her short comings though with the likes of; Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo and a special featured actor.
One thing i must shed spotlight on and give respect where its due is to Hans Zimmer and creating the most colorful and powerful score to date in my opinion that pushes out its vibrant use of a string orchestra and organs that are the basic life force in providing this near holy aural landscape given before us.
Going back to the beginning where i mentioned this film is best served in IMAX format, its worth mentioning that the craftsmanship here is gorgeous and strikingly beautiful. Scenes often depict galaxies full of stars and planets radiate in all their natural beauty with wild vivid colors that you cant help gaze upon. The cinematography is to be appreciated alone here and something to enjoy in the best immersive way possible if you can.
While Interstellar isn't a flawless masterpiece, it damn sure comes close. For me, it connected me back to when i was a kid. Wondering about the potential unknown out there beyond the stars far from what our own eyes or telescopes can see. The sense of wonderment and possibilities that were lost when i became an adult came back. I was invested. I got goosebumps at select parts when the emotions hit hard on screen. It reminded me of Lost in Space, it reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey, it reminded me of what a movie is supposed to be. In my eyes anyway...something to remember and ill do just that.
Whats your favorite Nolan film?
We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we've just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we've barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us. - Cooper