So, where to begin? As you have been aware that I am a huge, huge, HUGE fan of Christopher Nolan. I love every single of his movies. I love that he has been making movies that are big scaled and very cerebral. His films are never brainless and they don’t include two dimensional characters. He is a man who loves movies and loves making movies. And I am a fan of that type of filmmaker.
The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn and Bill Irwin.
Interstellar is set in a not too distant future where planet Earth is dying. They can’t process food and they have ran out of food resources. So, this requires a job of a lifetime for Cooper (Matthew McConaughey). He has been tasked by Brand (Michael Caine) to help Earth. To help Earth, this means that to travel through a wormhole and find a new planet for relocation of the Earth’s population. This means that he must do an interstellar voyage to find a new home for planet Earth.
That is all I want to tell you as the film needs to be watched by people who hardly know anything about the film. This is so you can be as surprised and amazed as I was when I saw it last night on November 7th.
So, yeah. I had been looking forward to this movie, ever since it was announced back in 2012. When it announced that Christopher Nolan was going to make another original science fiction film, I got so freaking pumped and excited that I was counting down the days to the release date. Was the wait worth it? HELL TO THE YES!
Interstellar is one of the best and breathtaking cinema experiences I have been a part of in my whole entire life. It is also one of the best movies I have ever seen. The film is just brilliant and breathtaking from start to finish.
It is also one of the most ambitious films I have ever witnessed on the big screen. When I was watching this extraordinary piece of cinema, I kept on thinking just how groundbreaking and ambitious it really is. It is ambitious in terms of narrative structure and storytelling. You will understand when you see the film.
If you thought that Inception messed with your mind, I am here to inform that was nothing compared just how much of a mind bender of a film Interstellar really is. And that is saying it in the best way possible. The film is just a roller coaster of a ride. It tells the story in the most ambitious way by including scientific terminology with the story and the characters.
The performances are just extraordinary. Matthew McConaughey gives the best performance of his career. This has to be the best performance that he has ever given and yet I have seen him in his Oscar winning role in Dallas Buyers Club. He portrays this widowed father who loves his children so much that he has no choice but to go on this mission. His performance is incredibly believable. It honestly didn’t felt like an actor performing, it felt like a real person on screen. And that is a success when it comes to acting in a big budget science fiction epic.
Anne Hathaway again as Matthew McConaughey gives her best performance of her career as well. She portrays as the scientist Amelia Brand who states that she is a believer. A believer of what it takes to get to the furthest limit. Sounds like a metaphor for this film on how further it can take in order to help bring it on the big screen. Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine are also terrific. They also help provide the emotional depth of the film. As is Mackenzie Foy who is just emotionally incredible as Cooper’s daughter Murph.
I love how this film’s cast is filled with brilliantly underrated actors. Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, David Gyasi, John Lithgow and even Topher Grace. They are all fantastic in the film. I can’t really say who stole the show, because they were all just so outstanding in their roles. They were all just believable and provided a true realism towards the film. And also we cannot forget Bill Irwin who voices the robotic character T.A.R.S., who is sort of similar to HAL from 2001 A Space Odyssey. Bill Irwin help provide the humour of the film. And that is another thing, the film has quite a few moments which involves some humour. The film is told through the dark tone and we get hints of humour thanks to Bill Irwin and it works brilliantly.
But the main star is the one and only Christopher Nolan. How can we not talk about him? The man just knows how to tell a compelling and emotional story on the grandest scale. He co wrote the film with his younger brother Jonathan Nolan. These two make a terrific team when it comes to telling a story on film. They wrote The Dark Knight Trilogy together and look how incredible they are. Christopher Nolan is my favourite director and this film just shows his higher directing skills. By that I mean that the idea is so ambitious that he just took the risk anyway. He told a complex story filled with emotional characters.
The film looks beautiful. Each frame looks like true art, especially the scenes in space. Those scenes look gorgeous. It is shot on 35mm film and IMAX and it looks truly breathtaking. You must see this film on the biggest screen you can possibly find. I wish I could have seen this in IMAX. I saw this on a 4K screening at the cinema and it looked beautiful. I was amazed not just the story but also the breathtaking vision.
When I was watching this film, I kept on thinking that this is similar to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. You could just tell that this is a straight up homage to that film. I respect and admire the fact that he still found an original take of the telling the story. It is nothing like 2001 as it follows a narrative rather than having segments as 2001 did.
The film uses visual effects and practical. Nolan is a director who likes to shoot as much on camera as possible. He knows how to get the edge of your seat effect. And for a film that is 169 minutes, it flies by fast. You never feel like it is that amount of time when you are watching. It is because you are so glued on screen that you enjoy and love it that much.
Hans Zimmer score was fantastic as well. And that was another thing. It didn’t have that ambient vibe in previous Nolan films. It gelt highly original and organic. It had this true hidden beauty involved in the film’s score. It had that Spielberg feel for which I fully admired and respect. It worked brilliantly when it came to the father and daughter relationship. Terrific score by Hans Zimmer and he has succeed again with another brilliant score.
Overall, I loved, loved LOVED this brilliant film. It wasn’t even a film, it didn’t felt like one. It felt more than a film, it felt like a universe. It felt like I got out of the real world and entered into this world. And when a film does that, it succeeds on so many levels. PLEASE GO AND WITNESS THIS BREATHTAKING PIECE OF CINEMA ON THE BIGGEST SCREEN POSSIBLE!