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.
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.