Movie Review: 'Interstellar'

In director Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’, quantum physics has never felt so good.

This is an admittedly biased review of ‘Interstellar.’ Despite the incredible imagery and thought-provoking ideas behind the film, I was primed to love ‘Interstellar’ before I saw it.

When I first encountered film maker Christopher Nolan, it was from enjoying the experience that was ‘Memento’ in 2000. Nolan followed that groundbreaking film with ‘Insomnia,’ which gave us Robin Williams’ serial killer turn and Al Pacino’s last great performance as the cop hunting him.

After falling in love with Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’ in 2005, I revisited his work with Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman in the under-appreciated film ‘The Prestige.”

The visually remarkable and equally head-numbing ‘Inception’ further cemented Nolan as one of my favorite film directors.

What his films each possess are: creative storytelling, a visual style that seems broader than the screen can hold, innovative use of special effects, and sadly…a lack of warmth or genuine drama. All style and brains, but no heart. And I never cared to nitpick his style, since his films have been so carefully crafted and compelling.

‘Interstellar’ is a game changer for the celebrated director.

In sharing the story (co-written by the director and brother Jonathan Nolan) of our future dying planet and the search for a home for mankind, Nolan has delivered his usual flair for imagery and thoughtfulness along with an emotional gravitas which was unexpected. And welcomed.

And while ‘Interstellar’ is not a perfect film, it is indeed Nolan’s most resonantly “human” and complete film to date.

Matthew McConaughey leads a terrific cast that also includes: Anne Hathaway, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, Jessica Chastain, and Ellen Burstyn along with Nolan regular Michael Caine.

From IMDB: “In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.  Written by Warren D’Souza

‘Interstellar’ is that rare science fiction film that, due to it’s humanity, succeeds where so many genre pictures fail. Those films allow us to “Oooh and ahhh” at the visual tapestry and special effects but seldom deliver the emotional goods by giving us characters and crises that involve the audience on an emotional level.

If Stanley Kubrick had given the classic film ‘2001: a Space Odyssey’ a soul, a sense of humanity, it would look very similar to ‘Interstellar.’ Nolan’s influences from Kubrick are apparent. Yet, Nolan has managed to create characters and a depth of meaning that allows ‘Interstellar’ to transcend the themes presented by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke offered to us in 1968.

While I could go on and on about what I loved about ‘Interstellar’…I won’t.

Just go see it.

And don’t allow the nearly three hour run-time dissuade you, either.  Not only does the film feel shorter than that, but I got the feeling that there is an even more interesting, more complete version of this film to be released when it arrives on DVD.

If you’ve never had a three hour Sci-Fi movie leave you wanting more, then you haven’t yet seen this remarkable film.

‘Interstellar’ is a movie-lover’s experience that is not to be missed in theaters.

Flixnerd Review: ‘Interstellar’  ★★★★½

 

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