Interstellar (2014)

Complex, dramatic, engaging. Christopher Nolan once again manages to transport his audience to his adventurous worlds outside of our own, complete with beautiful imagery and effects and a heartwarming, though far-fetched and implausible, story. Recommended? Fans of the writer/director’s previous works will be satisfied with this one, as it is fascinating and thought-provoking to the very end.

Photo Credit: IMDb

Photo Credit: IMDb

The story of Interstellar takes many science fiction and space travel clichés (dystopian future, curing an epidemic, sustaining the human population, coming out of retirement, doing a job that you are not fully qualified for, being the chosen one, getting lost in space, getting stuck in space, machines malfunctioning in space, humans dying on other planets, travelling through wormholes, travelling through time, aging at a different rate, confusing game-changer in the last few minutes) and mashes them with universal themes and Nolan’s unique elements and manages to hold its own. For a movie of almost three hours in length, it begins on a high note and continues to build until the very end. The pacing is very well done, for even though the movie felt like three hours, it was interesting the whole time.

The beauty of the artistic work behind this film is that elements like the production design, visual effects and score are not cheaply thrown at the audience. They are all well done, but in a believable way. Instead of staring in awe at the universe or expanses thinking about how well done they are, they can be just accepted as the setting for the movie. The effects and music are also just part of the experience. All elements of this film are successful in that they are felt as opposed to observed.

Interstellar is overall a wonderfully directed adventure from which viewers could learn a lot. Some of their science may be flawed or inaccessible to many viewers and there are one or two inconsistencies that aren’t quite explained. But this masterpiece could serve as a great conversation starter, as with most of Nolan’s original films, there is a lot to ponder and many different interpretations can become of it. It also poses a few ethical and moral conundrums, making viewers question whether the real human race could be headed towards a similar many years from now.

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2 comments

  1. I loved this movie! And as a science enthusiast, I found it very impressive that the actual science of the movie made sense (At the beginning at least, that was until they discovered frozen clouds, got sucked into a black hole without dying, ended up behind a five dimensional bookcase, using Morse code on the second hand of a watch to help his daughter (who is older than him) solve gravity, then leaving the black hole without a scratch). Though they made some assumptions on how certain celestial features looked (ex. The worm hole, mile-high waves), they were made logical and with some degree of scientific input. So in the scientific aspect, I would say this movie was astounding!

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    1. Thank you for your response! While I’m definitely not as big a science enthusiast as you, I definitely agree with your take on the science, for me it was the black hole sequence that I finally had to concede on. In regards to the scientific assumptions, this movie was surely not the first to assume how, for example, a worm hole must look and until we can finally discover the truth about our universe, assuming that we ever do, directors will continue to make estimates like this one as a means of storytelling.

      As a fan of Christopher Nolan, I have found that in many of his films, it is necessary to accept the universe that he creates in order to enjoy the movie. In the past, his creativity managed to fit our understanding of the world, but Interstellar differs in that, to make it happen, he needed to either compromise his vision or the science behind it. When you look at the character development and ideas that he managed to bring to life, it is reasonable to conclude that he made a truly wondrous spectacle.

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