Movie Review: Interstellar

by Gloria Han
Class of 2016

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan makes a return to directing after a two year hiatus from “The Dark Knight Rises”, in the feature film “Interstellar”, which premiered on October 26, 2014. And boy, was it worth the wait. “Interstellar” is a science fiction film that revolves around a widowed farmer and former NASA test pilot named Cooper (the audience is unaware of his first name), who lives with his 10 year old daughter Murphy, his teenage son Tom, and his father in law, Donald. The conditions of Earth are now increasingly worsening and growing uninhabitable. One day, during a dust storm, Cooper and Murphy discover binary coordinates through a mysterious coded message, that they believe was sent by an unknown intelligence. The coordinates lead them to a secret NASA institute, run by Professor Brand, who is aware of Cooper’s pilot capabilities. He reveals that a wormhole, created by alien intelligence, offers a chance for humanity’s survival. He entreats Cooper to pilot the planned mission to three potentially viable planets, in order to recover data from the astronauts currently waiting there and see whether it is habitable for human life. However, due to relativity, Cooper will not be able to see his kids until the distant future–if he even makes it back. Despite his daughter’s wishes, he decides to embark on the journey, with the fate of humanity resting on his hands, and soon finds that coming back is not as clear-cut and possible as he once thought it was.

“Interstellar” is one of those movies that makes the audience feel as though they are a part of something much bigger and greater than themselves. Thrilling and visually extraordinary, “Interstellar” is also a thought provoking and complexly built story. Of course,there are points that are difficult to fully comprehend, but it does not detract from the film’s content and remarkability. Themes like hope, family, life, and humanity emerge throughout the story, rendering the movie emotionally satisfying and profound, and integrate well with the scientific aspects prevalent throughout as well. A lot of credit should also be given to the superb cast, consisting of Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting), Michael Caine (Hannah and Her Sisters, Cider House Rules), and Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Help) and Casey Affleck ( The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). Their portrayals, especially of McConaughey, Hathaway, and Chastain, induce the audience to sympathize with the characters and see them as real people, and not just personas on a screen. Also to be credited, is of course the visual effects. The film takes place all over the universe, transcending time in new galaxies and planets that leave the audience in awe, as if they are a part of the space mission as well. Overall, “Interstellar” is a definite must-see, and all mature audiences, not just science-fiction lovers, will esteem and captivate themselves with this film.

Rating: 4.5/5 Wampheads

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