Interstellar is the (much awaited) sci-fi film from the minds of the writers who have the affinity to drive the audience nuts with confusion, but they will love it.
The Earth is dying. An outbreak of Blight resulted in eradication of wheat, Okra and most of other food stuff leaving very few options behind for feeding people around the world. The dust storm that took place at regular intervals resulted in unbreathable air. Amidst all this, an ambitious Cooper (Matthew McConaghey) whose circumstances made him abandon his career in NASA and take up farming, lives a very uninteresting yet loving life with his Father-in-Law (John Lithgow) and children. He shares a very deep bond with his daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy).
Murph discovers an anomaly in her room that leads her father to a NASA group who are on a mission to find a new home (A.K.A planet). According to their analysis, Earth’s case is hopeless. The rest of the film is about Cooper’s journey to find a new home with fellow scientists cum astronauts Brand (Anne Hathway), Doyle (Wes Bentley) and Romilly (David Gyasi).
First of all, let me start by saying that a Christopher Nolan film (in general) has a minimum guarantee. It is a thrill ride that also needs a lot of brainstorming, because of the complex storylines and hidden messages. Starting from his first film Memento to Interstellar. Plus each of his films becomes better and better every time it is viewed (except dark knight rises, it is the opposite in its case) as we might end up discovering something new. That’s what I love about a Chris Nolan film, personally. From start to finish, Interstellar takes you to a completely different world with it’s majestic visuals, sheer imagination and haunting scores by Hans Zimmer. The pacing of the film is perfect. First you get to know the characters and the depth of their relations. Then comes the space ride. Some of the audience members might wait impatiently for the space ride. Just buckle up and take in the anticipation. The background score deserves maximum applause. Music soothes you, move you to tears, gives you goosebumps and it is one of the major factors that takes into a completely different void. The combination of cinematography and the visual effects always worked in terms of respecting the audience’s vision.
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Of all Chris Nolan films, I have watched this the highest number of times. As mentioned before, the movie got better each time. It is scientifically accurate in some instances, but there were some plot holes, technical inaccuracies and incomplete story lines that bothered me so much.
The biggest drawback is the lack of narration regarding the earth’s apparent death. We understand that blight is killing all the crops and that the sandstorm is both irksome and scary sometimes, but where’s the hunger? One of the major concerns of the scientist is poverty and hunger but it is not depicted well enough (or not at all) to have that punch. I love how they gave depth to Cooper’s relationship with his children, but at the end of the day, we are concerned about his reunion with them more than Earth people’s well-being. Another concern is, did they make an attempt to find a cure for Blight? Won’t it be easier than leaving Earth altogether? I wish they threw light on that aspect as well. Then, how come only NASA is involved in the space journey? Where are the other organizations? Like Russia’s RFSA or ESA or ISRO? What happened to them? Won’t it be easier if NASA collaborated with these agencies to have an effective result? Also, the condition around the world is not shown. Have population dropped so much that it will be *that* easy for them to execute plan A?
Another snag is, why Matthew McConaghey? He is a good actor, no doubt about it. He was stupendous in Dallas Buyer’s club and therefore as a die hard fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, I forgave the Academy for giving the award to Matthew over Leo (who was nominated for Wolf of the wall street). Matthew delivered a top class performance in this film, especially when it came to his emotional moments with his children and personal affections. The scene where he sees 35-year-old Murph (Jessica Chastain) for the first is one of the most powerful moments in the movie. But overall, he couldn’t spare himself of the accent that he has in almost every film he is in, that sounds more like mumbling than talking. He was suitable to play a father and a farmer but looked too ordinary to be a brilliant scientist.
Anne Hathaway was considerable with her charismatic and versatile portrayal. Jessica Chastain maintained her standard. She came a long way since her breakout with Zero dark thirty. Even with the limited screen presence, John Lithgow was remarkable. Rest of the cast did brilliantly in their respective roles. Just like the quality of Chris Nolan films, the performances will also have a minimum guarantee. My personal favorite performance is Mackenzie Foy’s. It was a huge assuagement (from her presence in twilight saga: breaking dawn part 2) and Chris Nolan brought out the actress in her.
Interstellar has a very powerful message about time, relationships, ambitions and exploitation of nature. While we are immersed in the majestic effects of the black hole, worm hole and Zimmer’s soundtrack, the fact that such a scenario might haunt us in the future is inevitable based on our ongoing activities that’s bleeding the earth dry. Each and every minute is important for us and we wouldn’t know it’s value unless we are exposed to a place like the Miller’s planet. Above all, our loved ones will be at an unreachable distance. Some things we do might be pleasing. They might help or save people and sometimes it needs to be done based on one’s leap of faith. Christopher Nolan gave us an emotionally strong roller coaster visual ride that also pays an infinitesimal tribute to classic film, 2001 a space odyssey.
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