Reviews: Interstellar

A Trippy Mismash


Intersteller is a hard science fiction film that relied on renown theoretical physicist Kip Thorne to make it as scientifically accurate as possible.

The first two hours are overall a pretty good film. The Blight, wormhole coincidence, and higher dimensional aliens are acceptable extreme fiction to work with a drama taking a more realistic look at humanity facing extinction and asking what it means to be truly live instead of just surviving. The science aspects felt more like background, but worked with the story because they were not as fantasy as other sci-fi shows like Doctor Who or Star Trek.

Then the weird stuff started happening. Theoretical physics relies on mathematical models to try to guess and explain how the universe works. None of it has yet been tested and you can sometimes have competing, but equally valid theories or it could all be wrong. Many of the ideas of theories come across as alien to most human reason that it is no different from magic. And sadly that is what happens here.

The sudden introduction of a tesseract, time travel, humanity's future decedents, and love somehow being quantifiable and a basic part of the universe is jarring and pulls you out of the narrative. If feels like it moves out of the genre of hard science fiction to Science Fantasy. The ending itself felt rushed as if the director realized how long the film was becoming and needed to wrap things up quickly.

It is a welcome chance from the Science Fantasy films that are often found nowadays and is a good exploration of human drama in this setting. However, it could have done without the last twenty minutes or so that get into too much of a mind trip that it takes the viewer out of one genre and into another. This is no way a bad film, but out of recent realistic science films I liked Gravity better.


Free Thinking

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Interstellar is a hard science, weighty, and self-reliant film. If you come into it with any background of scientific research and discipline, it will be as many parts challenging as fulfilling. It is a film that will, perhaps, defy age, even in a post-modern, digital world.

Cooper, ace Spacecraft pilot, is in a race against time. A race that mankind has been losing for almost 50 years. Man has made attempts to leave, and failed. He is destined to carve out his place on Earth for him and his descendants, and wither in the sun. Or so it is thought. Thanks to his know-how and the help from "Them", Cooper finds NASA'S last, super secret, mega-base. A base with the centrifugal gravity in mind built around propelling mankind into a wormhole they did NOT create in an attempt to find a new home and save the human race. The harrows, trials, tribulations, and scientific discoveries that follow him on this journey define and re-define a genre, aiding us on this epic quest to see the beauty and love and necessity of space travel as a living species. It's a tapestry woven from science, story-telling, and love.

Interstellar is not for the hard-science fans. It's not even for past Nolan fans. It's heavy and weighty and self-absorbed, a complete work in itself with a masterful score, script, and performances, making it something beyond a blockbuster. It's a true Tour-De-Force.

I love the movie, so I romanticize it extensively, but it has many bleeding-edge scientific theories, great writing, and a way of warming your heart even in the face of impeccable odds. It's a parable meant to evoke not the spirit of science, but the human spirit. It's a beautifully crafted film, a must see for any science-fiction fan. It's a journey, beginning to end. Performances helmed by Matthew Mc Conaughey and Anne Hathaway help ground the film in a sense of believability, that catapults it into ideas and places and phases of human life that many can barely imagine. It's a non-stop thrill ride with incredibly complex and meaningful themes in play that make it feel like an infinite cycle of heartbreak and triumph that speaks to the audience profoundly and effectively. It may just be Nolan's best so far, which says a lot about what Nolan may do in the future. DO yourself a favor. See this movie.