So the day has come for me to finally review Interstellar, the much-talked about sci-fi film from Christopher Nolan. I feel like the wait for this film has been one of the longest in recent memory, considering how long it was since the reveal of the first poster and teaser trailer. Plus there hasn't been that much information shared about the nature of the film's plot leaving more people curious as to what it is about. As a fan of Nolan, I will watch anything he directs and I had no doubt in my mind, regards of the way this film turned out, I would have to see it for myself to pass judgement. So how was it? Well read on and find out.
The film's story in summary is about a team of space travelers who travel through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet and for most part the story's very interesting and captivating to watch. I have to admit, for the first thirty or so I wasn't totally engaged was wondering when the film would actually pick up and get interesting, it wasn't until Cooper and his crew head out into space when things start to get engaging. There was a point where this film went from being interesting to super interesting to incredibly engaging and this was all during the space exploring on the planets, it was like went from strength to strength creating these unbelievable situations that left you shocked, surprised and curious to know more. This film peaked at one point and I was loving it, however, things didn't stay that way unfortunately and I do have some nitpicks though like:
Science mumbo-jumbo: I don't know if it's just because I'm a little dumb, but there are points where characters were talking some technical science jargon and I had no idea what they were going on about, there wasn't even an attempt to simplify it for those who aren't well-versed in that subject matter.
Pacing: There were moments when the film's pacing felt a little slow
The film's runtime: The film is a bit on the long side and because of that factor, this is not a film I would instantly watch again, as this is a film where you have to be in the right mindset to watch and take it all of its content.
The final act of the film: I'm not sure of how many people felt this way about the film, but I've heard a lot of chatter about the third act of the film. For at least two-thirds of the film, it is pretty much perfect, everything you want from a great sci-fi film with Chris Nolan at the helm, however, once the final part of this film happens it feels like it changes the perspective of the rest of the film and it kind of ruins the level of realism (theoretical of course) injected into the story. While it wasn't the worst thing ever, I would have preferred something different.
Other than the points listed above, the films story is pretty good with a great level of realism applied to these theoretical space exploring scenarios and a lot of heart poured into the character relationships too. If you plan to see this film try to see it as fresh as possible without outsider opinions or spoilers as it will directly affect how much you enjoy this film.
When it comes to the cast I believe that everyone gave such great performances, to the point where it is hard to count each person who showed up, that being said I will highlight everyone who I believe was relevant. Oh and on a side note, some actors/actresses have not been listed as to who they are playing in the film again to try and keep secrecy going on this film as much as possible.
First there's Matthew McConaughey who fabulous as Cooper, here we have a character who is smart, tenacious and always looking to help out where possible, however he clearly longs for a time where his skill would be useful unlike his current position on Earth. McConaughey's performance is wonderfully done with a great amount of depth and variety in his emotional moments throughout the film. Anne Hathaway too is very good as Amelia Brand, this is a character is also very smart, but also closed off and confident and as the film goes on we see that there is more to her than what we initially get on the surface. I believe that this is one of Hathaway's best roles in the sense that I couldn't see her as an actress for the most part, but her as character instead and that I think it worth mentioning. Michael Caine is great as Professor Brand, as always Caine brings a nice atmosphere to the films he features in and eve though he only has to play himself these days and it'll be fine, I still appreciated his performance in this film as it was one of my favourite performances.
Jessica Chastain is awesome in this film and continues to be one of my favourite actresses ever, this woman has such a great emotional range and I really liked her character in this film as she was aggressive, clever and persistent, but also fragile at the same time. David Gyasi was really good as Romilly and I really felt for his character. Bill Irwin and Josh Stewart as the voices of TARS and CASE were awesome and had some really good lines of dialogue throughout the film. A special mention should go out to Mackenzie Foy and Timothée Chalamet as Cooper's children Murph and Tom, as they weren't annoying and were pleasant young actors, but I lot of the praise should go to Foy as she has great chemistry with McConaughey and deals with her emotional material very convincingly. Ellen Burstyn was good in the film also while I really liked Casey Affleck's contribution to the film as well. John Lithgow was pretty funny and engaging as Donald and I liked David Oyelowo's appearance as Murph's elementary school principal. It was funny to see both Lithgow and Oyelowo together again, it was like a mini Rise of the Planet of the Apes reunion haha. As for Topher Grace as Getty, he was alright but his character could honestly have been played by anyone.
There is also one other character I haven't mentioned who shows up in this film. I haven't mentioned him and I really want to talk about said person, however, I really want to leave it a secret for those who haven't checked the film out yet, needless to say, this famous face definitely makes this film so much more exciting.
As for the presentation it was fabulous. Visually the film is pretty damn impressive, that is usually the way with most Nolan films and this is no exception to the rule with it boasting some lovely CGI and cinematography. And then there's the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, now for those who aren't in the know, Zimmer is one of my favourite film composers ever and I love hearing any new soundtrack he's worked on especially when he collaborates with Chris Nolan and the end result is one of beauty, heaven-like sounds and epicness, that being said I do believe that he was done better work in the past and this still doesn't reach the majesty that is the Inception soundtrack.
In conclusion Interstellar is a great film with great performances, incredible special effects and it is very intriguing, smart and captivating for the most part. I feel like the film's length and final act do knock it down a few pegs, however it is still another successful film from Christopher Nolan. This will be a film that may divide opinions with some loving it and some hating it, and while I don't love it, I will say that it was one of the better and more unique films I've seen this year.
So have you seen Interstellar and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to comment below and I'll see ya on the next film review, laters! :D