Interstellar review

Christopher Nolan
Matthew McConaughey
John Lithgow
Michael Caine
Anne Hathaway
David Gyasi
Mackenzie Foy
Jessica Chastain
Rated PG-13

“Interstellar” takes place many years in the future. The Earth has more or less dried up and much of the land looks like a dust bowl. There are constant dust storms and very few crops remain that can grow in the increasingly harsh conditions.

To ensure that humanity has a chance to survive and live on, an expedition is put together by the remaining resources at NASA to travel through a worm hole near Saturn and find a new home. The only problem is they still need a pilot.

Enter Matthew McConaughey’s character Cooper a former pilot turned farmer who, while still has an interest in science, also has obligations to his son Tom (Timothee Chalamet)/(Casey Affleck) and daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy/Jessica Chastain). The fate of the human race, though, pushes Cooper to taking the daring mission and blasting off into space.

There’s no doubt that Director Nolan has a good movie on his hands. From many aspects of filmmaking, technical, design and acting wise, it does work rather well. The film isn’t without its flaws, though.

The story starts off very strong and is quite engaging. The final ship, the final drops of fuel, all put into an improbable mission where there are doubts as to what they will find. It’s great stuff and makes for compelling cinema.

As the movie keeps going, however, things go a little off. Without spoiling anything, there were some moments in the movie that felt unnecessary and the final reveal on what everything is about didn’t work for me all too well.

There’s no doubt that these parts of the film will divide audiences in some way, which is fine. I think the film could have gone in a different route, yet I see what Nolan was going for.

One area that I think the film was just plain wrong at was its three hour runtime. It’s not that there is a problem with three hour movies, but when there is one, it has to really earn that third hour. While I was never bored with “Interstellar,” I did feel that the movie could have been tightened up somewhat and that some scenes could have been eliminated.

As for the acting, without a doubt, McConaughey carries this film. Like his other recent roles where he has knocked it out of the park, McConaughey is solid with delivering various emotions. As the character who is the core of the whole picture, audiences can take solace in knowing that McConaughey’s performance alone can keep one’s interest for the run time.

Another character who had solid acting on two fronts was Murph, who was played by Foy as a child and Chastain as an adult. Both actresses are really good here and they were important in keeping interest with what was happening on Earth.

What wasn’t as interesting was Cooper’s other child Tom. The whole character never seemed all that important and could have been left without. That’s not to say that the actors Chalamet or Affleck who played Tom did a poor job, it’s just that there wasn’t much for those actors to do.

Other cast members such as Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and David Gyasi were solid in their parts. They weren’t award worthy, per se, but still commendable.

From the technical aspects, the film really shines. There are some amazing visuals in this movie, with awesome shots of space and interplanetary travel.

What Nolan put to film in terms of visuals is worth the price of admission. The only flaw technically, and it’s a minor one, was with the sound as there were some points where the score was just too loud.

“Interstellar” is a great space travel film. Despite having some moments where the movie strayed a bit too far from its hard science roots, and a couple scenes that could have been cut, it is still very good. The visuals, artistic design, attention to detail and acting are all commendable and make Nolan’s latest movie worth checking out. Low 4 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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