Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Wes Bentley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, David Gyasi, Michael Caine
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. It’s mission: to survive amongst the ever-growing digital age around it, to boldly go where many have gone before, but few venture to anymore. It’s strange to think that the filmmaking that got us to this very point in cinema history is close to extinction, but perhaps not as quickly as some think, especially if the director of Inception, Memento and The Dark Knight Trilogy gets his way. Interstellar, his latest multi-layered, multi-million dollar epic takes us to the far reaches of the universe through the magic of film is to be admired, and is perhaps his riskiest undertaking yet.
Although this time, are works-holes, black-holes, space, time, and relativity, all mixed together for Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi opus about the end of our home planet, and the need to seek out new life amongst the stars as a group of intrepid, brave astronauts led by Cooper (McConaughey) and Brand (Hathaway), utilise the latest technologies to try to exploit a worm-hole that will allow them to cross the universe to find habitable planets so that the human race can survive. But time isn’t on their side, as for every moment they spend amongst the stars means months, sometimes years pass on Earth and as the resources start to deplete, so too does their last hopes of survival.
For those wondering if Christopher Nolan could ever match what he did with “The Dark Knight” trilogy or “Inception,” go watch this film. It may not be perfect or what some people wanted when they first heard about it, but who cares when it’s this much fun to endure for the better part of 169 minutes. I say “better” for a reason there, as he could have easily chopped this down 30 minutes and saved the rest for his director’s cut when it came out on Blu-ray. Hey, he’s detailed and loves paying homage to the classics, in this case “2001: A Space Odyssey.” There’s nothing wrong with that, especially when you start to realize the lengths he goes to in order to be accurate.
If that’s the worst thing I can say about this film, then I think he did his job. Because even with a science-fiction story like this, he wanted to be sure about certain aspects, so he brought in theoretical physicist Kip Thorne as a consultant. That’s brilliant and precisely why all the scenes in and out of the wormholes felt so real, despite no one really knowing. But, that wasn’t all as the pure action and special effects throughout this film left me in awe. Nolan just has this way of taking something already amazing and making it better through a different camera lens or angle.
It is undeniable that Interstellar is a wonderful accomplishment, and is undoubtedly one the best films of the year, but what stops the film from being labelled a true masterpiece is its own lofty ambitions. For the first two hours, the film is exceptional: Nolan’s precision and care is on show again as we race through crop fields, out-run dust clouds and ascend into the never-ending void of space. Ably supported here by new photographer Hoyte Van Hoytema (the master photographer behind the spellbinding Her), Nolan is on typically ambitious form, with scope to spare, dazzling us into submission, as he tends to do.
Interstellar is not a perfect film, nor is it quite the masterpiece some have proclaimed it to be, but in terms of scale, scope and spectacle, Nolan has once again produced something the likes of which we have never seen before to this degree. But when you start to focus in on the underlying message that accompanies this film you will see how it, not the visual effects or anything else, rings louder and that my friends is why going to the movies can be so much fun.