Review: Interstellar


Title: Interstellar
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Runtime: 2 hr 49 mins

What It Is: Former NASA engineer and single father of two Cooper (McConaughey) is now a farmer of corn in a world where a new dustbowl has killed a variety of crops to extinction. Corn is the only surviving source of food and that may not last much longer. Determined to find a new way and new place for us to live Dr. Brand (Michael Caine) has sent teams of the bravest and boldest to far off galaxies via a black hole. Cooper was one of NASA’s best pilots and has (since NASA’s dissolution) been without a flight to catch. Now Cooper has been recruited by Dr. Brand and his daughther (Hathaway) for this latest, and last voyage among the stars, but Cooper must leave his son and daughter Murph (Chastain, and Mackenzie Foy when younger) to find human a new place to live, as their current planet spirals towards mania.

What We Think: Let me preface this by saying I quelled my expectation for this due to all the hubbub being made about it. That being said this film was one of the most breathtaking cinematic experiences since Avatar. Much like that movie however it suffers from a technical mastery that’s devoid in narrative strength. I like Interstellar far more than Avatar. It is not nearly as derivative as the latter film is. All the acting performances are great and few border on excellent. Nolan’s eye here is as it always is prestine, and ambitious. It’s that ambition that is both the films blessing and it’s curse.

Our Grade: B+, McConaughey is the back bone of this thing as is the central message which upon viewing you’ll discover isn’t some foreign space aged concept but instead something we can all relate to. I won’t go too much into that theme as it’s better for you to interpret it for yourself. See this film as it’s an experience you won’t soon forget, do so in the biggest and best screen possible 70mm IMAX, if you can’t get IMAX then see it somewhere with a giant screen regardless. It’s something that’ll take you breath away.

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