Interstellar (2014) – Review

With Earth being riddled with disasters, famines and long droughts, a team of explorers attempt to travel through a wormhole located in the far reaches of our solar system, in a bid to ensure humanity’s long-term survival and locate a planet that may potentially have the right environment to sustain human life going forward. A truly spectacular movie that was appreciated at the time of its release by millions but importantly has replay value to this day.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine

Recently I happened to stumble back upon the subject of the movie Interstellar and to my shock, I realised it was almost six years old. To me, it seems like it was only last week that I was at the cinema, excited and strapped in, ready to watch the latest Christopher Nolan film, so what better reason to sit down at home during the virus lockdown and watch it again. It has to be said that in all honesty, I’d forgotten just how much of an emotional rollercoaster it truly was.

Straight from the off, you get a clear and concise understanding of the emotional relationship between Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his two young children, along with his own father that lived with the family, Donald (John Lithgow). The filmmakers did a terrific job of detailing this along with building each of the characters while also emphasising the fact that Cooper was the sole parent in the household.

Admittedly, I don’t know what it is about time travel concepts and lost time in general, but these kind of movies and premises always turn me into an emotional wreck. On more than one occasion Interstellar created scenes where any viewer watching would surely have to admit to having a lump in their throat, it was emotionally draining in patches.

Obviously with movies of this nature, the stunning visuals throughout tend to be important and Interstellar was no different. Some of the spectacular shots while traveling through space were breath-taking and well made, and even some of the shots taken when the characters were on Earth were good too. With that being said however, something that eclipsed the visuals for me was the soundtrack – probably the most impressive and effective soundtrack I’ve seen in any movie. The filmmakers did a brilliant job in letting the soundtrack take center stage at certain points of the film.

With an extremely long runtime and timeline shifting through different generations, that meant the supporting cast was extremely vast in this one. In the lead role however, Matthew McConaughey was as solid as he tends to be in the more serious roles he adopts, while the rest of the cast didn’t seem to put a foot wrong too. Anne Hathaway adopted the role of Brand while Michael Caine took up the role of Professor Brand – her father. Mackenzie Foy and Timothee Chalamet acted as the younger versions of Cooper’s children, while Jessica Chastain and Casey Affleck portrayed the adult versions of Cooper’s children. Rather surprisingly Matt Damon also appears as Mann, an astronaut that left Earth many years previous.

Overall, it does have to be said however, that when a flick is close to three hours long, which this was, and centers around subjects not too many people are aware of or trained in, it can make them difficult to comprehend first time round, or even second. I would certainly recommend Interstellar to anybody hoping to kill a few hours and I’d probably recommend watching this one more than once – it was a wonderful viewing experience and one that is still equally as impressive to this day.

“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.”

Cooper – Interstellar

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