It’s fitting that my first official post on this blog is about a movie made my Christopher Nolan. I’m not what you’d call a Nolanite, but I’m a huge fan of his work. I hope this review is meaningful to you, and can push you to see this movie.
What I would first like you to do, is ignore any review you have read or heard of Interstellar, whether they be good or bad. At the end of this one, I advise you ignore it as well. At this point, one might ask, “Why even write this post, a post no one is likely to read?” Here’s why: I feel so strongly about this movie that I need to tell you about it.
I don’t really want to spoil much of the film; I think knowing as little as possible enhances the experience. I will simply comment on what I loved, and what I did not love.
First and foremost, Christopher Nolan and his brother, John, are able to craft such an intricate and abounding story. It is incomprehensible, to me at least, the level of detail and creative juices that were put in to this film. Some dialogue can get sappy or bland, notably a monologue from Anne Hathaway, but the writing within the story is also on point. Yes, there are plot holes and questions left unanswered, but taking each idea brought forth in this movie and scrutinizing each aspect of it is a wast of time. Everything is flawed. We must look past these blemishes to realize the beauty within.
The characters portrayed in this story, on the other hand, had their peaks and valleys. Matthew McConaughey delivers a near perfect performance for this role, but you will most likely not hear his name being called come awards season. I think he performs the role as it should be performed. When it comes to Anne Hathaway, I must admit I’m not a huge fan of hers. Something about her just rubs me the wrong way. In Interstellar, there are times when she speaks, and all I can think is “shut up,” but these scenes are few and far between. I found myself caring for her character more and more as the film went on. When it comes to the supporting cast, I found most fit the role well. When it comes to Casey Affleck and Wes Bentley, the warm feelings did not reach them. Casey Affleck, for the limited role he had, just did nothing for me. He was a ticked off brother, a ticked off son, but was not at all interesting. Wes Bentley, while being a great actor, did not put enough into his character, I feel. I couldn’t have cared less about the survivor of this space explorer.
There were two standout performances from the cast. The first being a human, the second being a robot, the spaceship’s futuristic AI. The first character, the human, was played by David Gyasi. His character brought the scientific facts to the table, mainly discussing relativity. His best scene involves the return of the crew from a mission. Mr. Gyasi’s body language, speech, and overall performance in this scene, and throughout, was one of my favorite parts of the film. The second standout character was perhaps the best part of the movie. TARS, the ship’s wise-cracking robot, was spectacular. He was funny, emotional, and I found myself caring for the hunk of metal. To me, TARS was a huge part of making this film great. The design team did a great job presenting him, he felt futuristic, but not corny, and the voicing done by Bill Irwin could not have been better.
Lastly, I must discuss the ending to this film. It was everything I could have wanted it to be, and then some. Like other films by Mr. Nolan, the ending brought together all relevant loose ends. One thing that separated this film from many other of his works, however, was a definitive ending. You know what happens. Whether you like it or not, that’s up to you.
To wrap things up, I must say that this film is far from perfect. It makes no sense to me, a business major, but at least the physics seem plausible and the explanations given aren’t ludicrous. What makes it so good, however, is the raw beauty of the combined components. Stunning visuals, strong performances, wonderful directing, an engaging story, and a spectacular score from Hans Zimmer come together to make this one enjoyable flick. You may not like it. It may change the way you look at things. Who knows. Just put aside any preconceived notions you have of this film, including what I have written in this review, and go see it.