"Interstellar" Film Review
By: Nathaniel Simpson
Christopher Nolan's film about astronauts trying to find a new planet for humanity is his most beautifully shot film to date. However, with the beautiful imagery present throughout the entirety of this film, he crafts this complex, wonderful story that never fails to leave the viewer on the edge of their seat, anticipating what is going to come next.
"Interstellar" opens with documentary-style shots of older people describing their childhoods back on Earth, which sets up the story of Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), who is a widowed ex-astronaut turned farmer. He is trying to create a good future for his two kids on an Earth that is to the point of inhabitable. When him and his daughter Murph (whose played by McKenzie Foy as a younger version of the character, and portrayed by Jessica Chastain for the older character) stumble across a secret NASA base, he is given the opportunity to pair up with an old friend's (Michael Caine) daughter (Anne Hathaway) to find a new planet for humanity to grow on.
The film does an amazing job of mixing science fiction with drama, adding a very emotional twist in this story. Cooper is desperate to get back to his daughter, but knows the mission he has embarked on is important. While lots of other characters want to get back to their family in other films dealing with space travel, Nolan adds a lot of depth to this character, making him one of the most personable characters in a Sci-Fi film.
The movie is extremely well acted by every actor in this film, especially McConaughey and Hathaway. One of the best scenes in the film is where Cooper is watching video logs from the past twenty-three years, due to time working different in space. He looks the exact same as he did from the beginning of the film, yet his kids have now grown up into adults around his age (Chastain and Casey Affleck). He starts laughing, happy to see his kids, even if it is over video. However, they quickly turn to sobs as he realized he is missing everything in his children's lives. The entire scene is amazing, and I would go as far as to say this is one of the best McConaughey scenes in his filmography.
The cinematography is breathtaking, accompanied by a genius musical score. The shots in this film genuinely makes the viewer believe they are experiencing space, while the score compliments every shot in the film. It is easy to tell a lot of time, thought, and effort went into every shot and music note in the film. Take the scene, for example, when our protagonists are stuck on the planet where an hour equals seven years on Earth. If you pay close attention, there is a small ticking sound every second, which would signify one day passing on Earth. It's a tiny detail, but adds so much to the film as a whole.
This movie is definitely another masterpiece by this genius filmmaker, and you are able to notice new things after every watch. Many have complained that this film is too confusing (like any other film by Nolan), but Nolan knows most of the viewers have no clue about space or blackholes or anything. He simply just wants you to watch and experience this beautiful spectacle he put in front of us.