From the mind of Christopher Nolan comes yet another astoundingly beautiful and ingenious adventure into the farthest reaches of both space and time. With Inception he brought us inward and yet we traveled so far, even though we never really went anywhere. With Interstellar Nolan takes us in the opposite direction, to the most vast and distant planets imaginable. Being a fan of practical effects ,Nolan and company give one of the most visceral and tangible space adventures ever experienced and it will take your breath away. From the first frame to the last I was pulled into a world of pure imagination and awe. For three hours I was lost in its ambitiousness. And when the credits began I immediately wanted to take the journey again. I had high hopes for this and it surpassed all my expectations completely. I must urge anyone that sees this to splurge and go for the IMAX viewing, it’s worth it, I promise.
Out of actual science an unexpected dramatic arc to the story begins to unfold, and it is powerful. There are true moments of heartbreak and regret and this cast, particularly Matthew McConaughey, convey this anguish so strongly I firmly believe he is a contender for another Oscar nomination. There are scenes on Earth and in space and each character feels tragically separated. The only singularity connecting these separated loved ones are brief videos sent to and from one another. The moments when the astronauts are watching these videos a hard reality hits that time in space, so far from home, moves very differently, and this reality begins to tear them down. Mere minutes for them is decades back on Earth and the weight of this may be too much for all involved.
Cooper (McConaughey) is an engineer during a time when engineers are no longer in demand. The Earth is dying and food is dwindling. The most demanded profession is now farming and, while Cooper is good at it, he hates it. He believes in discovery and going where no one else has gone before. This simply isn’t needed anymore; at least that’s what he’s told. When he finds the location of a secret base he is approached to helm the last hope to mankind’s survival. To take on this mission will mean leaving his children behind, possibly forever. Reassured that he will come back he takes the mission, and a small band of scientists take on the greatest burden faced by our kind. Of course space is unpredictable and because of this situations arise that threaten not only Cooper’s life but the life of everyone back on planet Earth. Every moment is a moment lost with his kids and therefore every new decision is far heavier than the last. He may ultimately have to decide which is more important; getting back to his children or saving the human race. Easier said than done…
Of course the big selling point here is the visuals, and they are astonishing. A majority of the plot involves theoretical ideas and so the visuals must be created from not only theory but imagination, and the end result is fantastic. There is such an immense amount of awe inducing moments from shuttle launches to black hole traversing to something as simple as a burning crop; it’s all shot and captured so pristinely and it’s a journey of epic proportions. This is the best space film since 2001: A Space Odyssey, at least for me it is. From a dramatic standpoint to a visual and blockbuster standpoint, Interstellar is certainly one of the best films of 2014 and for me, one of the best of the decade. This is a reminder of why I love film. Call me a Nolan fanboy but he has done it yet again. See Interstellar, it will take you away to another place.
Rated PG-13 For: some intense perilous action and brief strong language
Run Time: 169 minutes
After Credits Scene: None
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 5/ Acting: 5/ Directing: 5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 5 Nerdskulls
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