Movie Review: Interstellar
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy, David Gayase, Bill Irwin, Michael Caine
Rated PG-13 for some intense perilous action and brief strong language. Running time 169 minutes, Sci-fi/Adventure/Drama
Compare to: Contact (1997), Sunshine (2007), Inception (2010)
Since his re-introduction of the Dark Knight into film and actually making him dark again, director Christopher Nolan has made himself a brand name that carries with all of his films the comparison to each of his Batman films.
After Inception, it was proven he could go outside the bounds Batman may have seemed to have set around him while his third and final installment of the Dark Knight trilogy seemed to place many on the fence about their interest in him, while procuring his place in many’s minds for possibly the rest of their lives.
After all that, what else can Nolan bring that isn’t already expected of him? A lot apparently.
With a modern day dust bowl looming overheard and the corner humanity has huddled getting smaller and smaller, NASA recruits former pilot Cooper to take the helm of a craft to be sent into a wormhole. This wormhole can lead the crew into a place with habitable worlds available- hopefully.
From the depths of the mind in Inception to the furthest reaches of outer space (and then some) in Interstellar, Nolan is intent on going wherever and whenever the budget will let him. And with the success of such mentioned films between Dark Knight trilogy alone, it seems he can go pretty far.
But as we know budget doesn’t mean quality and while we could label Interstellar the sappiest of his body of work so far, he doesn’t let up on the excitement or tension either. While 2013’s Gravity seemed to have critics in a daze, caught between drama and special effects, Interstellar takes a similar approach on a much grander scale, all while keeping the humanity of the characters in mind. Often times films seem to focus on one or the other while rarely hitting the balance and if this movie doesn’t do it, it’s definitely close enough.
Hans Zimmer’s score could also be considered a character in itself and the one to make you most likely to shed a tear if you’re that type of audience member. While we’re often given a score to tell us how to feel, Zimmer builds on top of the emotional weight already in scene.
The “Awe Factor” found in Nolan’s other films is found here as well and while I wouldn’t say it surpasses that of his other work or the films it takes from (Notably 2001: A Space Odyssey), being better isn’t so much of the desired effect as much as being in the same arena- grand in scope, personal in nature. Something Spielberg has had down for years.
And though any direct comparison between the two may have its ties cut by the sheer number of films Spielberg has done over Nolan’s nine (Spielberg boasts a whopping 52 directing credits), there’s no reason to think the Interstellar helmer isn’t directly on his way to being of that caliber.
Positives: Builds upon the science-fiction genre while adding something of its own, effects and drama are nicely balanced. The music is awe-inspiring.
Negatives: Non-fans of Nolan’s other work won’t have their minds changed by this, length time at just under three hours may be a turn off for some.