'Interstellar' is Christopher Nolan's latest film starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine. The film depicts a world in which the Earth is dying and food is becoming more and more of a luxury and so Cooper (McConaughey) is hired to embark on a journey through space, time, and wormholes alongside Dr Brand (Hathaway) so as to find a new home for humanity.
Christopher Nolan is known throughout the cinematic world as a director who wants nothing more that to provide audiences with films of an epic scope, philosophical ideas, and a dash of original science fiction also and 'Interstellar' is a film that employs all of these. Firstly, the scope of the film is immense as the story spans decades and stretches out into the vast expanse of space. The visuals in the film brings across this grand scope almost flawlessly with incredible shots of the insignificance of man when compared to that of the colossal size of the various planets the crew discover. Hoyte van Hoytema's amazing cinematography seals the deal when it comes to the visuals of the film what with astounding landscape shots and the shots on the spaceship when the crew go to land on a newly found planet.
McConaughey has had an incredible run of exceptional roles in recent years and his performance in 'Interstellar' continues this trend as he is able to carry this opera of a film essentially by himself. The key to the film's success is that of his character's relationship with his daughter Murph. Perhaps the most tear-jerking moment in the film was when Cooper had to say good bye to his daughter without even knowing that he would even return. The main idea of the film is that of love being able to transcend space and even time. And this idea is brought across excellently through the performances of Chastain and McConaughey as they spend no screen time together except when they message each other across the universe and even then their messages are made without even being face to face and having a normal conversation, yet the two are able to convince the audience of their connection even when separated from each other, adding that essential human element that has us striving to succeed. Anne Hathaway was great as Dr Brand and Michael Caine was as good as he always is whenever he graces a Nolan film. TARS, the robot, is also another character in the film that once again provides a human aspect to the film, ironically, as he has lines and quips that provide not only the explorers but also the audience with the connection to our home and further strengthens our desire to succeed. One can even match him to that of WALL-E.
The music in 'Interstellar' is one of the more astounding features as it replaces the silence of space with the swell of organs and the faint sound of flutes, violins, and pianos. Hans Zimmer has done a terrific job with the score for the film as it turns it from a film into a sort of space opera with a grand sound to match that of the scope of the film. It is refreshing to finally hear a score by Zimmer that doesn't rely on the brass section to provide the film with grandeur and 'epicness' that his previous scores have done. It is a score that is heartfelt, tearjerking, and plays with the audience's emotions as it takes us with Cooper on a journey through the unknown and away from home.
It is incredibly difficult to fault this film as it is filled with so many positives. However one issue would have to be that of the pacing of the film, especially at the end of the film as it seemed to just tie any loose ends as quick as possible. However in saying that it was the strangest feeling when the end credits arrived as it was one which only few films have provided before. It leaves one wanting more. Nolan has created a film with a story and characters that the audience becomes invested in emotionally. We want Cooper to see his daughter again, we want humanity to survive, and the key to all this emotional investment is due to Nolan grounding the film in reality. In having theoretical physicist Kip Thorne assist in the writing process, Nolan has been able to include visuals and science that are not a part of science-fiction but rather a part of real life. The most striking piece of reality was the effects of gravity on time on different planets.
In one scene Copper and Dr Brand must go and explore a planet however one hour on this planet is seven years on Earth. After spending only an hour or two on the planet the two return to find that they have been away for over two decades. It was shocking to see how frightening space could be in 'Gravity' but it was far more shocking to see how precious time really is in space as a resource.
Overall, Nolan has created a film of such epic scope emotionally, visually, and story-wise that it is almost impossible not to forget that it is simply a film. It is clear to see the influence of '2001: A Space Odyssey' on the film however 'Interstellar' will stand alone in its own right as a pioneer for the matching of visuals and storytelling. With brilliant performances from all those involved, especially that of McConaughey, and an incredible score to compliment the astounding visuals, one will almost surely lose themselves in the grandness of 'Interstellar'. All in all, I give it a 5 out of 5.