In all honesty you should skip this review and go see the movie. It’s not to avoid spoilers because I don’t mention any, but to enjoy the experience without any prior information. Words cannot do the movie justice; had I no desire to make a career out of this hobby I’d end my critique right here. So put the computer on Sleep and get yourself a ticket.
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Let’s talk about Christopher Nolan.
It’s undeniable the Dark Knight trilogy made the once reclusive director a household name, especially after the mind-bending Inception and controversial Man of Steel. But with every ambitious project and Hans Zimmer score we overlook the essential parts that would otherwise alter our opinions of Nolan’s films.
Let’s face it: The Dark Knight was only good because of Heath Ledger and Rises had more plot holes and conveniences than Star Trek: Insurrection. We watch these films, find the parts we like the most, and venerate the whole regardless of any faults.
However, the reason we go back is not for what we like, but for Nolan himself. Where he fails in story and character he makes up in technicality, using practical effects and direction that bring a unique simplicity to each film. Though Inception was confusing for those who lacked common sense, everyone could get behind the crazy moving sets or the vehicular sequences of the Dark Knight trilogy. To put it simply, Christopher Nolan is a hipster Michael Bay that doesn’t hate you and respects film as art.
And that brings us to Interstellar.
In recent years the Sci-fi genre has been in a state flux. Every once in a while there’s something smart and original that becomes overshadowed by dumb garbage. If you disregard Marvel and DC adaptations, there wasn’t a whole lot of unique science fiction released in the last few years. To find true works, one must go far and wide, whether on a computer or on foot. The prospect is grim, but Interstellar has brought new light and the possible future of the genre in film.
Christopher Nolan has made an ode to Kubrick and Roddenberry that is equal parts spectacle and a tale of humanity’s reach beyond Earth and ignorance. It is epic in scope with practical sets, effects, and visuals that set the standard for the film vision of space. The use of sound and score puts you in both the pilot’s seat and the shoes of the astronauts as they witness their home collapse into apocalyptic chaos only to find new worlds that challenge their perception of normality. I can only imagine what it must be like to see this film in IMAX-3D.
At this point I find it unnecessary to talk about the story if you haven’t already decided to see the movie.
Matthew McConaughey is at his best, rivaling his role in True Detective as Cooper, a pilot turned farmer after a global catastrophe forced the world’s population to turn to agriculture for survival. One day NASA recruits him for a mission to save humanity that transcends the boundaries of conventional physics.
And that’s all I’m going to say.
Regardless of minor plot issues, its borderline pulpy nature, and three-hour runtime, Interstellar is a rare achievement. It is a film that must be seen in whatever format affordable. Don’t bother seeing anything else this week.