Ok, so [Interstellar](movie:813746) has been out for a while, so hopefully you've seen it. If not, fear not! This will be a spoiler free review. That being said, if you haven't seen the movie yet...you really should.
Now, I like to start things off with a positive note. Most notably, this movie has a great cast. Almost everyone in this film I cared deeply for. Matthew McConaughey in particular blew me away. His acting was so good that I cried. No joke, the only movies I had cried in thus far were The Green Mile, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Tarzan. When someone does such a good job that they bring forth tears, well, that's worth noting. I even cared about the robots in this movie! These robots are the near equivalent of C-3PO and R2-D2 because their "performances" were not only emotional in some instances, but provided a much needed not-too-comedic relief to the film.
Another plus to this movie is the musical score composed by Hans Zimmer. The second I got home from the movie I was on iTunes looking for that soundtrack.
Now like all Christopher Nolan movies, Interstellar is very thought provoking. Every Christopher Nolan film has you thinking about what you saw. Be it Inception, The Dark Knight, or Memento, Nolan makes sure his audiences have something to think about on the drive home. That is not always a good thing however. When I left the theater, I initially did not know what to think of Interstellar. I liked it, but the final act was so poorly executed that it became rather perplexing to watch. Yet, the more I thought about it, the angrier I became discovering plot holes or physics that made no sense or just plane lack of common sense. Then I thought about it more, and I started to like it more. A total of four days went by, and then it finally clicked! Granted, I don't fully understand physics, I may be just a dumb kid that doesn't understand Interstellar. Yet, when it takes me almost a week to figure something out, kudos are lost.
As a matter of fact, this movie really does drag on for a bit. I've sat through 3 hour movies that haven't dragged on before. Case and point, The Lord of the Rings and Forrest Gump. But I have sat through 3 hour movies that dragged on. For example, The Hobbit films do drag on a bit as well as Transformers movies. Granted I still enjoy them( not Transformers), but movies that make me check my watch during the first viewing loose props. I'm quoting Jeremy Jahns here, but the movie is basically pit stops on planets to explain relativity to us dumb audience members. If Nolan had taken the first planet the crew went to completely out of the movie and sent them straight to the second planet, I'd be perfectly okay with that. Heck, if Nolan had shortened the first act by about 10 or 15 minutes, I probably wouldn't be complaining about Interstellar's length.
Lastly, the end of this movie. If you have seen this film, then you understand what I'm talking about. Without giving too much away, Cooper goes into the black hole and basically finds a way to manipulate time in a physical way. Upon first seeing this, my sister and I both turned to each other with quizzical looks upon our faces, and asked each other what the heck was going on. The other problem with the ending for me was that it didn't have the same feeling of success as other films. Take The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for example. Remember that feeling of relief when you saw the ring and Gollum fall into the fires of Mount Doom? Or how about the scene in Star Wars when Luke blows up the Death Star? The amount of emotion we felt for our protagonists succeeding in their quest is why we go to movies(for the most part). With Interstellar, the way it wrapped up was cool, but not really giving the "Hell Yeah!" feeling when it finished.
All in all, Interstellar may not be the perfect movie, but it is definitely worth seeing. While the pacing was rather off and the movie took me four days to figure out/understand, Interstellar was a great film that may not be on my top 10 for 2014, but is still worth 3 hours of your time. Don't go into it expecting Nolan's best work. Don't go into it thinking it is the next 2001: A Space Odyssey. Go into it, ready for an enjoyable experience that you certainly will not forget.