Interstellar is the latest film from Inception and Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan featuring Academy award winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.
The science fiction thriller is set in the future where only corn grows on Earth. A mission is set up by Professor Brand (Michael Caine) after finding a wormhole which allows quick space travel to another galaxy. Cooper, a former NASA astronaut, (Matthew McConaughey) and Brand (Anne Hathaway) leave a dying Earth in search of a new planet for humanity to continue living. Time relativity in space means Cooper misses much of his children’s lives. And he is also in a battle against other elements of space and distant planets.
Once again Nolan proves that a blockbuster movie can be intelligent. Interstellar is exceedingly ambitious. It is visually stunning and powerful in sound and acting. If Inception is Nolan’s starter, Interstellar is the main course.
The film is not purely a space movie but a film about time, love and family. There are beautifully funny and charming father and daughter scenes between Cooper and Murph (MacKenzie Foy – who delivers a fantastic performance). And superior to that is the heartbreaking ‘leaving scene’ which is one of the best film scenes you’ll ever watch.
The scientific calculations have all been researched leaving Nolan to direct one of best films of the year. McConaughey is terrific – as we’ve come to expect. But he started this film way before the successes of Dallas Buyers Club. Time is a character in its own right. It’s not part of the cast in IMDb but it’s a concept the audience takes an emotional response towards. Whilst the love interest between Cooper and Brand is thin the central love focus is on family. The strength of investment made in the characters is proven when the love of the family is tested time and time again via heartbreaking video messages.
It could be claimed that it’s too clever for the type of film it wants to be. But losing the depth and intelligence would only take away the trademarks Christopher Nolan fans expect. He has come a long way from The Prestige, Insomnia and Memento (which are all great films). It is time he was recognised for his tremendous advancement in film making in the last decade.
The packed screening I was at, sat in silence not dating to move. At 2 hours 48 minutes long Interstellar never drags. It is gripping, compelling and intelligent. I would go back to see it again and again and again.