Archive Review: Interstellar (2014)

I wasn’t a big fan of this when I saw it in the cinema, but figured it was time for a re-watch, and I loved it a whole lot more the second time around.

Certificate: 12A

Director: Christopher Nolan

Screenwriter: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain  

Genre: Sci Fi, Adventure

Runtime: 169 Mins

Language: English

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Earth’s future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind’s survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the right environment to sustain human life. – From IMDB

I am going to be super honest with you all right now.  When I first watched this film, I had absolutely no idea what was going on, I couldn’t follow the science involved and it frustrated me so much that I think it negatively impacted my experience of the film, and I hadn’t attempted a re-watch since then because I was so convinced I would feel the same way a second time.  I am pleased to report that with a second viewing, and some basic understanding of the plot and science behind me, I loved this film so much more. 

The film becomes so much better when you can stop agonizing over the scientific terms and just enjoy the performances.  With a cast like this there would have to be something catastrophically wrong for there to be a single dud amongst them.  Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, just to name a few, this film is stacked with famous names and they all bring something great to the table, and I am so sad that I didn’t see that the first time around.

OK, So lets try and talk about the plot for a second.  Apparently Dr Kip Thorn, who was an executive producer on the film only agreed to take part if the science used on the film was based on actual fact and could be backed up by actual scientific methods and theories.  I love that!  As out there as all the science in this film sounds, there are astrophysicists out there that are nodding their collective heads and murmuring in agreement that this all sounds very plausible.  No wonder that science in this film is so brain boggling the first time around.  We have all ,earned by now that Nolan likes to mess with time in his films, and to say he gets mixed responses to this would be an understatement.  This is about as confusing as I wish he had chosen to go.  While still heavily science based, it is pretty heavy for your average cinema goer.  Then he did Tenet and…well…physics just went all kinds of bonkers in that film didn’t it.

If you are a fan of those smart kinds of Sci Fi films; Arrival, Moon, The Martian etc, then this is another one for you.  But if you like your sci-fi with space battles and laser swords, maybe not so much your cup of tea? 

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