Interstellar. The new space epic from the director of ‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy, Inception, Memento, and several other incredible films has just arrived in cinemas, with that film history you can understand that expectations are high, does it disappoint? Let’s find out! I’ll begin by saying that this film is one hell of a journey (a journey which occupies it’s 3 hour run time, quite tightly, but neatly) The film follows the protagonist. only ever addressed as ‘Cooper’ who lives in a future where something has happened which has caused food in the world to be dying out, unfortunately we don’t know much about the back story, about what happened which was one of the flaws to the movie, but we’ll talk more about that later. One thing leads to another, and after a series of pushes and shoves, Cooper eventually gets pointed to a space station where he then gets recruited to go up into space, and through INTERSTELLAR travel, sift through potentially habitable worlds to find one that the people on earth can leave to. There are lots of perfect things about this movie, from Christopher Nolan’s incredible direction, Christopher & Jonathan Nolan’s amazing writing to Hoyte van Hoytema’s drop-dead gorgeous cinematography. This film was filmed on IMAX camera’s, on actual film (just like all of Christopher Nolan’s other films) and it’s beautiful, the visual effects in this film are spectacular also, the feeling of space is shuddering and eerie, the acting is top notch, Matthew McConaughey absolutely kills it in this movie, along with Michael Caine, John Lithgow, and the young Mackenzie Foy. The pacing of this movie is another thing that’s done really well, a lot of the themes in this movie revolve/relate back to time, and how we just don’t have enough of it, they work with relativity and the pacing jumps, to suit to the relativity that's impacting Cooper. This is a movie about space, and scientific exploration, but something I really adored about this movie was how it was also literally ‘grounded’, Cooper is in space, there is also a whole subplot going down on earth, which was as interesting to watch as some of the space scenes, and the cinematography really shines in the scenes on earth, as they work on a farm, growing corn, they eventually burn the crop, and while the corn field is burning, there are just these gorgeous red tones, really reflective of the ability of film over digital in conveying a really crisp image, those damn silver halide crystals (the crystals that react when light hit them, creating an image, thousands of these crystals lie on each individual film frame), they make all the difference. The story is really great as well, phenomenal writing. With additional referencing from space physicist “Kip Thorne”. Overall INTERSTELLAR is a phenomenal movie, up to the standard of ‘Inception’ and even ‘The Dark Knight’ if you can suspend your disbelief through some of the plot holes, then this movie is amazing, I highly recommend watching it (in actual film projection at IMAX).
If you're confused at all after seeing the film, be sure to check out Neil deGrasse Tyson's explanation right here (spoiler for those who haven't seen Interstellar) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1cexcjdyIE