Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
There’s no question that Christopher Nolan is one of the best film-makers in the world today. His technique and ability has been going from strength to strength ever since his breakout in 2000’s ”Memento”. He can be credited for giving possibly the best onscreen representation to Batman in the form of an amazing trilogy, In 2010 he astounded us with his brilliant thought- provoking Sci-Fi ”Inception”, And now he gives us ‘Interstellar’, his most ambitious film yet.
Interstellar tells the story of a future in which earth is suffering from drought and famine with the eventual threat of extinction. The fate of mankind depends on a group of explorers who must travel through the solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. Hot off his Oscar win in ‘Dallas Buyer’s Club’, Matthew McConaughey plays Cooper, A man who must lead the team of explorers through the solar system while knowing the fate of his family and mankind rests on his shoulders. McConaughey is the quintessential hero in this movie and gives an emotionally complex performance to ensure us the McConaissance continues, The acting is top-notch not just from McConaughey but from the supporting players as well; Anne Hathaway (Amelia Brand), Jessica Chastain (Murph), Michael Caine (Dr. Brand) all give solid performances. The love story between Cooper and his daughter Murph acts as the center point of the movie and is a particularly wonderful that succeeds on an emotional level. Interstellar is also amazing to watch because it is visually sublime, Nolan’s direction is superb as he takes us through wormholes to gorgeous vistas, and into the unknown, some sequences are directed with such craftsmanship and precision that the viewer is left stunned. Rounding it all off is Hans Zimmer’s bombastic yet wonderful soundtrack that will send you into a state of oblivion.
Interstellar despite it all, is not a perfect movie, and has some flaws, minute but flaws none the less. The main issues lie with the writing and the screenplay written by Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan leaves one with much to be desired. Throughout the course of the movie the brothers fail to properly develop key characters (Amelia Brand and Tom in particular) which results in characters you could care less about. The pacing is perhaps another flaw. Interstellar clocks at 169 minutes making it Nolan’s longest film yet and the film does drag on at times.
However, the pros outweigh the cons, and Interstellar ranks as one of Christopher Nolan’s best works. Never has something of such magnitude been tried and achieved since Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. Ultimately the movie succeeds thanks to Nolan’s magnificent vision, solid acting, and outstanding visuals. I would like to recommend Interstellar to Sci-Fi fans and moviegoers alike because it’s one of those things you just can’t miss.