Interstellar (2014) Movie Review
One of Christopher Nolan's classics, Interstellar once again delivers the director's concept of time in a never-before-seen fashion. It features an ensemble of some of the biggest Hollywood superstars and a story that will take you on a wild galactic ride throughout our galaxy.
Like many of Christopher Nolan's films, this will give you a light headache trying to understand its story.
It's 2067, and humanity is facing extinction after a global famine. All scientific methods, such as space exploration, are abandoned. The movie follows the story of ex-NASA pilot turned farmer Joseph Cooper, who lives with son, Tom, and daughter, Murph.
Strange gravitational anomalies have happened as of late in Murph's bedroom. These mysterious events cause some of the farm equipment to behave strangely. Cooper decodes the message, which leads him to a secret NASA facility headed by Professor Brand. The professor explains that their mission is to find an exoplanet capable of supporting human lives. He enacts two plans. The first is to transport a large number of Earth's population to the new habitable planet, and the second they will send a group of people carrying embryos for the new generation to live.
Professor Brand enlists Cooper to join an exploratory space mission aboard a spaceship called Endurance. Three scientists, Romilly, Doyle, and Brand's daughter, Amelia, join him. They are accompanied by two robot assistants, TARS and CASE. They embark on a journey to investigate three planets orbiting a supermassive black hole named Gargantua. Other scientists previously searched these planets, and they could potentially be habitable.
Interstellar brought in the massive talents of Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, and many more.
This movie boasts incredible cinematography that captures one's imagination about space and intergalactic travels. It brings out the creative perspective of someone who wants to see what other planets might look like. Along with its excellent and innovative cinematography, it also features musical scores from the legendary Hans Zimmer.
You can't talk about Interstellar without mentioning the cool designs of the spacecraft and their robotic companions. We are used to seeing rover bots like R2D2 or androids, but TARS and CASE's design is unique by featuring a monolithic figure almost similar to the ones in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Despite having an almost 3-hour runtime, Interstellar is not a tedious watch. It may wrap your head around a couple of times while questioning some events, but it definitely keeps you on your toes every minute.
Overall, I love the movie. It doesn't have that defining conclusion, but it is what it is.
A good 4.5 out of 5 stars.