A Christopher Nolan styled science fiction film exploring deep space where majority of us just cannot fathom that a different universe and dimension can exist. Add in the impending doom for the human race if we continue to ignore all of the signs that say we should leave this planet. Sign me up and take my money right now. Thing is that younger 24 year old me didn’t sign up for this movie (Morgan Freeman voice). Don’t ask why, my guess is that I wasn’t as big into movies as I am now, yet I loved Nolan back then too because of his Batman trilogy. Don’t worry padawan’s I’ll get to those soon, I promise. Judging by the trailers for this, it would appear I would be at the theater day one, with my buncha crunch and large coke in an Imax showing. Sadly, I wasn’t, and I severely regret missing this in theaters, that won’t happen this year with Tenet, don’t worry, I’m beyond pumped for that in a month’s time (fingers crossed). Add to the fact we were in a Mcconausance of sorts, similar to the Keanusance. I mean, have Y’all seen season 1 of True Detective? It’s incredible and McConaughey is unreal with his performance in that show.
In the not too distant future (jeez we are almost there if you really think about it, I mean we surpassed Blade Runner and Back to the Future) crop famine’s and dust storms threaten the survival of the human race. Cooper, a former NASA pilot has become a corn farmer. Living with him, is his father-in-law Donald and two children Tom and Murph. Cooper learns at a parent teacher conference that the school’s curriculum is teaching the kids that history is all a lie; the Apollo missions to the moon were fabricated. After hearing that, Cooper is not happy about the education of his children. After a dust storm rolls through while at a baseball game, Cooper and Murph discover what isn’t a ghost but coordinates to a secret NASA facility. Turns out this facility is run by Coopers former supervisor professor John Brand. Brand informs Cooper that he has been looking for ways to safeguard the survival of the human race by sending a team of astronauts through a wormhole near Saturn. The team sent back positive results of the plants they were sent to. Plan A involves sending colonies into space while Plan B involves launching the Endurance spacecraft with 5,000 frozen human embryos to colonize a habitable planet.
Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) gets recruited by professor Brand (Michael Caine) to pilot the Endurance with Dr. Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway) Dr. Doyle (Wes Bentley) and Dr. Romilly (David Gyasi). Joining the group is a friendly sarcastic neighborhood talking robot TARS (voiced by Bill Irwin). Dr. Romilly stays aboard the Endurance while the remaining investigate a water planet with the biggest tides one could ever witness. Dr. Doyle gets swept up by the tide causing a delay in launch back to the Endurance. That delay caused 23 years to pass by while on that planet Cooper and Brand only experienced an hour. While back Cooper finds all these video messages from his children Tom (Casey Affleck) and Murph (Jessica Chastain) all grown up. Tom and Murph informs her father that professor Brand has passed away along with their grandfather Donald (John Lithgow). The remaining passengers venture to a planet incased in ice where they come across one of the original astronauts Mann (he will remain nameless as it was a pleasant surprise when I found out). Murph who is now a scientist, accuses Cooper that he and Brand conspired that the people on Earth were doomed before launching.
Cooper discovers Mann’s planet is uninhabitable and the data transmitted back to earth was falsified to be rescued. All hope seems to be lost at this point as Mann tries to kill Cooper and escape back to earth using the Endurance. Dr. Romilly gets killed by a booby trap set by Mann while Mann dies by failing to reconnect to the docking station on the Endurance causing severe damage to the space craft. Cooper is able to take control of the damaged Endurance and uses a slingshot maneuver to jettison the Endurance to the 3rd planet that is actually habitable. Cooper gets caught in a tesseract and can see and slightly interact with Murph across the span of several different time periods. Realizing that he can interact with his daughter, Cooper figures out he is Murph’s ghost and communicates with her by manipulating the hands on the watch he left her using Morse Code. Cooper wakes up on a space habitat orbiting Saturn and reconnects with his elderly daughter and her family while learning the younger Murph solved the problem to Plan A.
I take full responsibility for missing this film years ago, its Nolan at his absolute best. There is not a single movie of his that I dislike and shame on me for thinking I wouldn’t have liked this when It first came out. First of all, the acting is flawless from everyone especially McConaughey and Hathaway. Their mission is enticing, be the people that could potentially save the human race from extinction. Jessica Chastain and Casey Affleck are incredible and Jessica’s performance as Murph is one of her best. The story and script were executed in a way that if one thing is off, the movie comes off a little cheesy. Let’s be real this is Nolan we’re talking about, he’s a master craftsman. I liked how rebellious Cooper and Murph are, obviously Murph gets it from her father, especially when she denies what these new textbooks are teaching. It reminded me of those that think the earth is flat or how global warming is a myth.
I also loved and was pleasantly surprised with the person (again, not spoiling who this is) who plays astronaut Mann. Although this person is on screen for maybe 20 minutes, they steal the show. If you think this cast is already stacked, think again. The premise of this film is one we’ve seen before albeit a giant comet crashing into earth but, this film delivers way more than what we’ve seen in the past. Most of the time if a film or tv show is too science heavy the dialogue can get lost on the audience, but this film is not the case. Nolan does a fantastic job of keeping you engaged and understanding of what is going on. The scenes on earth were just as good as the scenes in space. You felt the urgency of older Murph as the dust storms get worse and worse. Also, Topher Grace is in this too like, come on, I’m literally watching this waiting for Morgan Freeman to come on screen too. Another thing I loved about this film is the relationship Cooper has with Murph. It was heartbreaking when Cooper chooses to leave Murph on earth and then seeing his reaction in space watching his children all grown up couldn’t have been acted more perfectly.
Although not always in the forefront in this, the element of time and how its slowly running out has the audience feeling that it’s one of the most tangible resources we have on earth. Time is also Nolan’s best used plot point, ever since Memento, Nolan has perfected the use of time in his films. Just look at This, Inception, Memento and his upcoming Tenet. This film is absolutely breathtaking to look at, the visuals are stunning, and you just can’t look away. There isn’t much I dislike about this film, in fact, I don’t think there is anything at all; minus having to re-watch to get the full scope of this gorgeous looking film. There’s just something special I see in disaster / survival films that I find fascinating and Interstellar is up there on my list. The scope of this film is spectacular. If I were to rank Interstellar, I’d rank it a 4.5 out of 5.
So, tell me guys, have you seen Interstellar and if so, what do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below or send me an email and let me know what you think.
Interstellar is written and directed by Christopher Nolan is Rated PG-13 and has an 72% on Rotten Tomatoes. Interstellar was released on October 26th, 2014 and has a runtime of 2 hours and 49 minutes. Interstellar can be bought online by retailers including Vudu and Itunes.