Interstellar is one of those films that after viewing you need to take a minute to really digest what you just saw. At a hefty 169 minute run time it is indeed quite a bit to mull over but when the dust settled in my head I was left thinking it was just short of brilliant. I am for a lack of better terms a Nolan fan boy. I’ve never seen a movie of his I did not like and Interstellar continues that trend.
The film takes place in the future but never exactly addresses when. All we know is corn is the only sustainable crop left on the planet, wars no longer exist and the only correct profession is farming as anything that would move technology and civilization forward is not seen as important. Of course some of the tech in the world is a bit perplexing. There are box-shaped robots that prove to be extremely useful and we see an instance of farming being done by completely automated vehicles. However then we have the cars people drive which seem to be from our current time and the laptops being used the same. So there is a bit of disconnect on why some technology seemed to stop advancing so long ago.
As for the dramatic elements it is kind of a mixed bag. Some instances what we are getting from the script and the cast is very powerful stuff. In some other parts, for instance one of the last scenes seems to be a bit rushed and glossed over when the viewer would really expect much more (vague yes, but damn it no spoilers). Matthew McConaughey did an excellent job of making you feel his duties as a parent and as a member of the human race when he was faced with the decision of leaving his family behind to venture forth on this mission or not.
The science fiction elements in the film are very grounded in reality with a lot of the theoretically stuff being based off of Kip Thorne’s work. Nolan used the best of those theories to make a very believable, yet unbelievable (in the sense this stuff is possibly real) film.
Interstellar excels the most in its technical aspects. It was without a doubt one of the best looking films I’ve ever seen (fully confident to say best too). No green screens were used through the entire film, just practical and some CG effects. The end result is a true testament to Nolan’s vision. Everything you see in Interstellar looks an feels real and the space scenes are absolutely stunning. Of course he did not stop there, because the sound design was equal to films visual quality, totally immersing you in the film.
Now with Interstellar being a visual treat it still isn’t one of the best movies I’ve ever seen as it does have its story problems and the twist is very predictable (had it pegged 15 minutes in). That however does not mean it’s not a damn good time at the movies nor is it a knock on its quality because it is of the utmost quality especially in comparison to today’s over saturated market of adaptations, sequels and CG-love fests.
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn and John Lithgow
Runtime: 169 min
Release: November 7, 2014