Escape from Earth: “Interstellar”

JosephShin

Chances are that when you walk out of “Interstellar” you will not have any idea what you have just witnessed. It may take a while to process it, but “Interstellar” is worth the mind-bend. “Interstellar” is one sprawling motion picture event with enough star power and special effects to blow anyone’s mind. The heart of the film focuses on Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a family man who farms in an area that is reminiscent of the Dust Bowl. In the film, the Earth is dying and Cooper is recruited by Professor Brand (Michael Caine) to find a new home for humanity along with scientist Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway). The rest of the plot is merely a framework for director Christopher Nolan to captivate the audience with his vision.

Though this film may sometimes be compared to last year’s blockbuster “Gravity”, the tone of the film is decidedly different. It is clear that the classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” has influence on “Interstellar”. However, Nolan tries to make the film more palatable to a mass audience by adding a distinctly Spielbergian style of mystery and emotion similar to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” The acting in this film is top-notch, particularly from McConaughey who never overacts but rather brings out every emotional nuance possible. His character, Cooper, is the audience’s anchor to the film, and most will find him relatable. Without mentioning any names, an A-lister not mentioned in the film’s marketing campaign will take you by surprise about midway through the movie.

The one major flaw with “Interstellar” is that it does not quite have a strong focus. Audiences may struggle to see at the end of the film what Nolan’s message is. Does it matter? For most people, probably not; the movie will still leave you on the edge of your seat for its entire almost 3-hour run. It is worth noting that the film’s unique organ-based soundtrack and the contrasting silence of space contribute greatly to this overarching sense of suspense.

In the end, “Interstellar” is a beautiful film. It is all about the journey; the story, acting, music, special effects and cinematography all meld together to make a monumental film. In what may be Christopher Nolan’s most ambitious film yet, there is something for all audience members. I give this movie 3 and a half out of 4 stars.

 

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