Friday, 7 November 2014

Interstellar

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. 



Interstellar is directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Matthew MacConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Mackenzie Foy, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and Casey Affleck among many others. Sometimes heartbreaking, time thrilling and occasionally a little complicated this film balances between themes such as black holes, theory of relativity, gravity, to the power of love and family bound. This is a very interesting movie and it may be Christopher Nolan's most ambitious work. Nolan has the ability to create beyond impressive worlds; whether it's in the vastest of space or the devastation of a small town. This film has some amazingly beautiful space imagery. The CGI is unbelievable, you barely even notice, it becomes part of the movie. Plus Hans Zimmer new score is once again brilliant, even a bit creepy. It makes you feel the intensity of the scenes with this huge organic music, just when you have to experience the right emotions. Interstellar is also a family drama made all the better by its cast. Among all the visuals Matthew MacConaughey is the anchor of the movie back down to earth and up in space. He's the father force who makes impossibly tough choice. 


He continues to impress me as an actor, he's been doing amazing work lately and this one is probably one of his best performance yet. He's terrific! I'm even tempted to write that his performance is PERFECT. It should probably get him a nomination. Mackenzie Foy and Jessica Chastain are both extremely effective as daughters left behind; and the rest of the supporting cast is also remarkably good. There's is these funny robots as well that I  did not expect at all. However, this movie is not perfect. It has some flaws, the script has some issues and some narrative structure problems. If there was not this father/daughter story, the movie would just be an epic space Odyssey with brilliant visuals. The story does not have a perfect flow, the space is changing, still I did not feel the almost three hours running time. Indeed, the last act is actually my favourite part and you can clearly feel that it's detached from the whole movie. This critic might be unusual coming from me because as you may have noticed from previous reviews: I like perfectly raped up endings. Nonetheless this ending seems too perfectly raped up. I was prepared for something like Inception, for an end with an emotional core a little more pronounced; the last ten minutes are too much. Finally, I feel like everyone will be disappointed as fans were waiting for another 2001: A Space Odyssey but it's really not. Nolan might be overreaching in what he had in mind for this movie. Some ideas work very well, some others don't really quite all translate to the screen. 


Overall Interstellar is an ambitious, very interesting and meticulously well directed film; with very good performances from all the cast. I loved the family drama dynamic, the space visuals and the relativity theory. On the other hand the narrative structure feels a little broken sometimes.

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