Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Space/time continuum, spaceships, Anne Hathaway and Christopher Nolan. Interstellar is basically a load of my favourite things in one neatly-wrapped package – which exploded in my face when I opened it.
I needed a complete week to recover from this experience, but I feel I’m ready to talk about it now… Well, we’ll see, anyway.
Every Nolan enthusiast was anxiously waiting this film especially because the plot was shrouded in such secrecy that the first trailer didn’t actually say anything, but we were all so excited because, well… It’s Nolan. And space. And Nolan is a master in the art of blowing the minds of his audience, so it had every element needed to make our brains explode.
It’s been over a week already but I don’t want to give away any plot details in case there are readers out there who haven’t watched it yet.
The story is complicated, Nolan-style: betrayals, love, plot twists and turns that make you want to scream “stop!” just so you can take a breather, have a moment to assimilate what just happened. It’s is hard to follow and to be perfectly honest, the first act and part of the second are a bit slow and sometimes downright boring. Not to worry, though: the third act makes up for it and believe me when I say you will feel your brain start melting slooooowly and then, BOOM! It will explode. Trust me on this. Bring tissues.
It’s fair, I think, to be a bit skeptical about Matthew McConaughey as the lead, but I can assure you that the man has come a long, long way from his How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days years (thank god). In fact, Matthew was one of the reasons I was excited for this film. I do enjoy his acting, whether it’s in a romantic comedy or a drama, and he brings so much emotion to his character in Interstellar… If you aren’t moved by it, then you’re a robot (or a cyberman?).
Anne Hathaway’s performance is great too and it feels good seeing Wes Bentley do some quality acting (because oh my, how I hate his acting in American Beauty). Michael Caine does not disappoint (as per usual) but the one who takes the cake is Jessica Chastain. There was so much emotion in her performance, easily dancing from anger to sadness to frustration; I will be extremely upset if she’s ignored in the upcoming award season.
Visually, the film is so breath-taking that if your attention span is the size of an ant, you will get lost in the space imagery and consequently lose track of the story. This is one of the reasons Interstellar is one of those films that you have to watch more than once; because of the level of complexity of the story requires more than one watch to follow it like Nolan and the gods intended.
Normally, with movies about time and space, my Whovian side saves my backside with some wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey logic, but this time not even my Who-knowledge could save me from my mind being blown. Brace yourselves.
And the music, guys. The music! Hans Zimmer is synonymous with “outstanding music” and the score adds to the beauty of the film. It’s one hell of a trip with all the spacey beauty and the music.
Interstellar is by far the most ambitious project by Nolan thus far, and he did it as only he could. Although it’s ambitious on an entirely new level, it manages to not be pretentious, and it’s well-made to the point that you forget you’re watching fiction instead of a space documentary.
Is it Nolan’s best work, though? In my opinion, it isn’t. It’s visually spectacular, yes, but as a whole, it’s not Nolan’s finest work. It’s no better than Memento or even Inception, but it’s still a film that should be considered.
Thanks for the brain explosion, Nolan! You never let me down.