Interstellar was always going to be a movie that I loved or a movie that I loathed. Sci-fi movies polarise me and my views are often in opposition to…….well everybody else. Case in point…. Gravity. Released in 2013 to great fanfare and praise. They had Oscars thrown at them. I didn’t like it.
So I went into this movie, coffee in hand, super keen to see it but terrified I would hate it. So did I?
I will try to outline the plot as concisely as I can but I fear it will prove woefully inadequate.
Set in a future that sees the world basically run out of food, mankind has no alternative but to look to the stars for salvation. Cooper (McConaughey) is an ex-pilot farmer who is encouraged by his daughter Murphy (Foy) to investigate some mysterious co-ordinates she has gleaned from the ‘ghost’ who inhabits her bedroom. Stay with me here…..
Following the co-ordinates, the pair stumble onto a secret NASA installation where a small team, including Professor Brand (Caine) and his daughter Amelia (Hathaway) have discovered a wormhole to another galaxy. This galaxy could be home to a habitable planet and so a team of space explorers, including Cooper and Amelia, is immediately despatched. This isn’t the first team that have been sent out but hopefully, they will find mankind’s new home.
Our space explorers travel, take the long nap and awaken just in time to slip through that wormhole. Once through to the other galaxy, they encounter some unusual things, including a stranded, slightly demented Dr Mann (Damon) and a planet with 100 metre high waves.
At around this point, the movie shifts into more of a drama mode. Video connections with home and family are featured more and the decision to either return home or continue on to save all mankind is made.
Now, even though I love sci-fi movies, a lot of the actual science stuff goes over my head. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing because if I were as science buff, discrepancies and ‘ but that doesn’t even make sense’ thoughts would ruin the genre for me. So yeah there was some science stuff that I didn’t understand …….but that doesn’t bother me. I just slipped down into my really comfy seat and enjoyed the ride. And it was quite a ride.
This movie is captivating. It is visually stunning. It is breathtaking in it’s simplicity and it’s complexity. It reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey with it’s quiet and it’s dark, foreboding feel. I wonder if anyone else felt that way? The movie was rather ominous to me. Perhaps it was all that absolute isolation.
But it is also the story of a father and a daughter. A story of love and understanding, acceptance and forgiveness. As parents, we try to do our best and sometimes, our children do not understand why or how until much later. This aspect of the movie was beautiful and deeply moving for me.
You really should not miss this movie. At almost 3 hours long, there is nothing rushed or overlooked here. It really is one of those movies everyone should see at least once on the big screen.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Love Flick xx
Director : Christopher Nolan
Starring : Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Matt Damon, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Collette Wolfe
Running Time : 169 minutes
Release Date : 6 November 2014