Interstellar Movie Review
Christopher Nolan’s films always make you think—even the Dark Knight trilogy was much smarter than superhero movies usually are. You’re guaranteed to leave the cinema looking at something differently or wondering if something impossible might actually be possible. Memento did it. Inception did it (and messed with you head at the same time) and I think it’s safe to say Interstellar did it, too.
Interstellar is the kind of movie that makes you look at things in a whole other way once you’ve seen it. But I think calling it a movie is an understatement. It’s more of an experience. And a crazy, mind-boggling one.
At almost three hours, Interstellar is long, but it didn’t feel that way watching it. I wasn’t all that conscious of how much time was passing, because the film pulls you in in the first few minutes. Nolan spends long enough developing the characters before the action kicks in and things move to space—and beyond. For a film that is asking the audience to accept and figure out some wild theories, it’s surprisingly believable. The technology of the spaceships and the alien planets etc. are all realistic. Nolan’s trademark sweeping shots of impressive landscapes are present here, and despite how bleak this film is, it’s never anything less than compelling. Maybe Nolan could have included some more diverse planets, where there would have been some great opportunities to explore crazy worlds like Pandora. But this movie isn’t meant to be Avatar. Maybe Nolan wasn’t even trying to make a blockbuster. This film is more subtle than that. There are some gripping action set pieces—a huge tidal wave makes for a white-knuckle sequence—but it’s not an action movie.
Sometimes the science-speak might confuse people—It did me a few times—but co-writers Johnathan and Chris Nolan make sure it’s understandable enough that you’re not scratching your head the whole time. There are some surprising and smart twists in the plot, even if not all the questions set up here are answered. But that only makes you think about the movie more when it’s over. I’m still thinking about it, probably will be for the rest of the week, maybe even longer.
Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain are on top form throughout and the rest of the pretty small cast also deliver fine performances. Mackenzie Foy gives a great performance as the young version of Jessica Chastain’s Murphy. Hans Zimmer’s score is stirring and epic, perfectly suited to the scope of this movie, as it is for pretty much every movie he scores.
Overall, this is a damn impressive film that doesn’t shy away from asking tough questions, but never bewilders enough that it pulls you out of the experience. It makes you think about something other than Earth and what might be out there.
“We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt,” says Mcconaughey’s character Cooper. It couldn’t be more true after watching this movie.
Highly, highly recommended.
What did everyone else think of Interstellar, and what other movies have made you think or see something differently?