There aren’t a lot of movies that keep me thinking days after they’re over. But Interstellar is undeniably one of those films. So whether you find it completely captivating or painfully boring, there’s no denying that it’s is one of the most important films of the year.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, one of the most ambitious directors of our time, Interstellar is an engrossing space-epic that impressively juggles compelling characters, an intricate narrative, and striking set-pieces. Nolan recently wowed us with his incredible take on Batman in the Dark Knight trilogy, and he exhibits similar skill with his space odyssey.
The film’s script is a complex beast that capably weaves in a number of theories regarding gravity, time, wormholes, and fifth dimensions. It’s wonderfully complicated, often perplexing, but always engaging. Sure the scientific mumbo-jumbo can seem overwhelming, but the Nolan brothers’ script never loses sight of its characters, and it’s that powerful emotional center that reels you in right until the very end. And let’s be clear, this is a moving, poignant story about mankind, and there’s a very good chance you might shed a tear or two throughout (yup, it got me!).
I was never Matthew McConaughey’s biggest fan, but his performance as Cooper, a widowed astronaut, is exceptional. McConaughey completely inhabits the role; his drive and resilience are inspiring, and he’s consistently likable right until the very end. Although I never got to watch Dallas Buyers Club, both True Detective and Interstellar have effectively converted me to Team Matthew.
The supporting cast is also impressive. Anne Hathaway is surprisingly effective as Cooper’s fellow astronaut, while Michael Caine is reliably towering and grand as her father the enigmatic Professor Brand. Sadly, Casey Affleck isn’t given much to do, unlike the gorgeous Jessica Chastain who is quite memorable (to reveal the identity of her role would spoil one of the film’s most exciting surprises).
Unfortunately, Interstellar isn’t perfect. A case could very well be made that the film runs too long. Although I was never bored, the film is two hours and a half long (which could be exhausting for some). Perhaps we could have done without Matt Damon and his somewhat frustrating subplot?
Finally, the film’s score was composed by the iconic Hans Zimmer, so you know you’re in for a touching journey punctuated by some rousing and majestic music.
An exhilarating and thought-provoking experience. It might not be for everyone, but it’s a bonafide spectacle, and one that deserves to be experienced on the big screen in all its glory. Certainly a must-watch.