Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Intersteller Reviewed
Director: Christopher Nolan, Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Matt Damon.
In the near future, Earth is dying, food resources are running low and mankind is now no more than a caretaker population awaiting the inevitable coming apocalypse.
However, hope lies in the discovery of a wormhole near Saturn that leads to another galaxy, wherein it is postulated that there may be Earth like planets that could potentially re-home the human race.
Naturally the wormhole has to be explored – so NASA recruits former air force pilot Cooper (McConaughey) and three scientists (including Hathaway) to boldly go and see what’s on the other side, however things do not go as planned and the team find themselves up against everything from a giant black hole, to the laws of space time and the perils of exploring strange new worlds.
Putting it mildly – Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors working today – thus far all of his films have been imaginative, well plotted and most of all extremely clever – rare traits which are sorely lacking in many of today’s modern blockbusters (the films of Michael Bay being a notable example). So I am very happy to report that Interstellar is no exception.
Nolan once again proves to be a story teller of immense talent and intelligence, weaving a plot that twists and turns whilst cleverly throwing in proper scientific theory, which refreshingly never insults its audience but instead makes one fully concentrate and think properly about what is unfolding on screen.
It’s also technically flawless – with VFX that serve the film rather than take it over completely. In addition Jonathan Nolan’s script is pitch perfect, with nary a clunky line to be heard. Finally the cast is universally excellent – McConaughey continues his stunning run of form with a wonderfully understated performance of real depth and breadth, Michael Caine is fantastic as the NASA scientist who persuades Cooper to take on the mission and there are also superb turns from Damon (in a small but pivotal role) Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck and Anne Hathaway.
One thing I will say is that if you are expecting a slam bang space adventure akin to Armageddon or Star Trek, then Interstellar isn’t the film for you. For a start its very long (3 hours), takes its time to get going, is slow in parts and features some mighty plot twists and mind bending science that may not be for all tastes. However if you like a movie that is brilliantly made, challenging and most of all damned intelligent, then this will be right up your alley.
Don’t miss this one folks
Author: Will Strong