Christopher Nolan has been my favorite director for a while now, so it’s safe to say that Interstellar was one of my most anticipated movies of the year. And while it isn’t a complete home run and it isn’t a perfect movie, it is still an incredible cinematic achievement to witness.
It is the near future, and Earth is dying. Humanity is running out of air and food, dust storms are covering the world, and the crops fields are about to run out. Mathew McConaughey plays an ex-Nasa pilot and engineer Cooper who is turned into a farmer since Earth needs them to grow food. He lives on the farm with his family, Murph (Mackenzie Foy as young Murph and Jessica Chastain as old Murph) and Tom (Timothée Chalame as young Tom and Casey Affleck as old Tom) and his father in law Donald (John Lithgow). After a wormhole is discovered, Cooper has no choice but to leave his family behind and travel through it hoping to find a new habitable planet in order to save the human race.
Interstellar is a breathtaking visual experience that has terrific special effects and incredible CGI. The space sequences are amazing and the worlds are thoroughly imagined. They feel like real and different places that we’ve never been too before.
Mathew McConaughey is fantastic and his relationship with his daughter is the heart and soul of this film. They are what make this film work on an emotional level and on a humane level.
Mackenzie Foy gives a great performance as young Murph. Child actors in movies sometimes aren’t great and tend to overact a bit but she was really good and the first 45 minutes is built on her relationship with Mathew McConaughey which needs her to be great otherwise the whole movie would have failed miserably.
Jessica Chastain is terrific as older Murph. I always liked her as an actress and she’s great here. She is a strong female character as she grows the same age as Mathew McConaughey character due to the gravitational pull time on the planet passes much slower than on Earth.
Anne Hathaway is very good in the movie despite us not knowing much about her character. She’s still a vital member of the crew and she has got good chemistry with McConaughey.
The music is also fantastic as usual by Hans Zimmer and is almost a character in the movie. It’s grand, it’s emotional, it’s big and it’s memorable.
There’s also a great cameo that I will not spoil in case you don’t know who it is, I thought that it was perfect. There’s also a fun appearance from Topher Grace which I really liked and thought that he was really good in the small role that he had.
The problems lie in the script department, without giving too much away; there are some inconsistencies in the plot that don’t make sense. There is a bit too much exposition, but with all the information that Christopher Nolan had to give us about relativity and wormholes (he’s been working on Interstellar since 2006) that is easily forgivable. The movie is a bit too long at roughly three hours, there are some parts that could have been cut out of the film like Casey Affleck’s character, who was great don’t get me wrong, but wasn’t needed since the movie concentrated mostly on the relationship between Cooper and Murph and he felt like the third wheel and Cooper clearly didn’t really care for him as much as his daughter.
The finale of the film is what will divide the audience and will ultimately decide how you feel about it as a whole. I’m somewhere in the middle, where I didn’t love it but I didn’t mind it at the same time. But I still appreciated what it meant and how it said it.
Overall, although Interstellar is not a perfect movie, and the ending will divide the viewers, it is nevertheless an ambitious, character driven, epic space drama that offers fantastic visuals and terrific performances and is one of the few sci-fi films to capture the feel and wonder of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey.