Running Time: 169 Minutes.
3 and a half stars out of 4.
Director Christopher Nolan fresh off of the success to his 2012 finale to his Dark Knight Trilogy, is back with his follow up to The Dark Knight Trilogy. In Interstellar, a group of explorers make use of a wormhole, to find a new home for mankind, as earth is no longer sustainable. Matthew McConaughey stars as Cooper, a former pilot turned farmer who is faced with the choice of saving the future of the human race, and being forced to leave his young children behind. Interstellar is truly an experience. It is a film unlike any other, that has the potential to change cinema, and make people question are universe and are place in it.
Christopher Nolan is one of my favourite directors. In 2008, when I saw The Dark Knight I was enamoured by Nolans style, and how he directed not just a great comic book film, but one of the best films of all time. The Dark Knight was followed by Inception, and then The Dark Knight Rises. Both films were well received, and established Nolan as a cult favourite. Going into the film, I did not know what to expect. I thought that most of the trailers were very good, but the reviews have been very surprising. A 72% score on Rotten Tomatoes is not something that a Nolan film gets, but most critics who have given the film negative reviews, have still applauded the films production qualities.
Wally Pfister, Nolan's usual go-to cinematographer had a scheduling conflict with the filming of his directorial debut, Transcendence. Hoyte Van Hoytema takes over, and does an impeccable job. This is an absolutely beautiful film, that had me in awe at some of the photographed shots. The faded look of the near future, was effective, and worked with the overall style of the film.
Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career, and had he not won the Best Actor Oscar last year, he would be a near lock for his deeply moving turn as Cooper, a man who just wants to see his kids again. Anne Hathaway is also solid as Amelia Brand, though she does not have much to do, she adds layers to her character, even if the writing is not up to par with the performance. Jessica Chastain deserves Supporting Actress Oscar buzz for her turn as Murph. She does alot with her small role, and she was fortunate to play a well written and developed character. The rest of the large ensemble are all solid, Mackenzie Foy is a standout as young Murph, and does not play just a typical whiny kid, but instead uses the material she is given to create a fully fleshed out, three dimensional pre teen, who wants nothing more than for her father to stay with her.
This film will be very divisive, with many filmgoers loving what Nolan has done, and others (in my opinion) being overly harsh, and panning this film. Personally, I agree that this film is not perfect, but its very close, and what Nolan has achieved far outweigh what he was not able to achieve. At its core, this is a film about love, family, and relationships, set with a backdrop of science, space, and alternate worlds. Interstellar is truly something special that will become a cult favourite years from now. This is a film you must see on the biggest screen possible, to fully experience and appreciate it. Hans Zimmers score is perfect, much better than his previous work, and his best since 2010's Inception. For Nolans next film, he would have another "The Dark Knight" on his hands if he included stronger characters, and condenses the running time, but still Interstellar is a film that has stayed with me, and is a film going experience that I don't think I will ever forget.
Beyond the stars, Interstellar is something truly special.