Christopher Nolan is one filmmaker you can bank on to go above and beyond the audience’s wildest imaginations and come up with movies which not only enthrall through the visual but also the story. Interstellar is no exception and continues the hot streak of the British director. There is no doubt that Interstellar is Nolan’s most ambitious film to date, as evidenced by the $165-million budget but does it deliver?
When it comes to the basic idea and the style of the film, it works wonders and might be one of the most visually striking films ever made. Yet, there are some gaps when you talk about the execution and how Nolan brings it all together. The film’s story doesn’t have to be highlighted, as it has been plastered over the internet since 2008, when Jonathan Nolan first wrote the script.
Handling a complex narrative is something most directors, even great ones, struggle with, but as seen in The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan can tie up loose ends and lead a movie to a satisfying conclusion. It is in this regard that Interstellar falls short but that doesn’t mean it is not worth watching. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a movie as groundbreaking (perhaps except Boyhood) and relevant as Interstellar.
The questions Nolan raises are more important than the film itself and that is what kind of world this generation is going to leave for the next one. At the center of this dilemma is Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a father of two, who takes a team on a mission, traveling through a wormhole. It opens up several new quandaries as the team travels through time and dimension and ultimately comes back to the earth.
Also starring Anne Hathaway, John Lithgow, Topher Grace, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck and Matt Damon among others, the film is long and powerful and is one of those movies which you either love to death or hate outright. This is why a traditional film review just won’t cut it when it comes to Interstellar. A must-watch!
Photo: Interstellar movie poster