After looking forward to Interstellar all year and anticipating the premiere all week, I was honestly expecting to be disappointed. The hype of a new (non-superhero franchise) Christopher Nolan movie was huge and my own anticipation for a sci-fi story of time travel and wormholes was high. Leaving the theater after this 3-hour space epic, however, I felt like in addition to meeting all my expectations, it surprised and moved me as well.
Matthew McConaughey’s character, Cooper, is a former test pilot turned farmer in a near-future earth where survival is the modus operandi and most higher pursuits are abandoned in favor of putting food on the table in the midst of a worldwide Dust Bowl. When he is presented with an unexpected mission, he gets the chance to realize his dreams and save humanity, but must leave his family behind.
With any movie that’s so anticipated, there’s bound to be a lot of detractors. While I’ve seen some pretty ridiculous criticism, many have pointed out some very valid flaws. For instance, the speed at which is mission is assembled is unrealistic, given that training and physical or mental evaluations that would need to occur, especially given the length and importance of the mission. in addition, some events that occur in space cause unrealistically little damage or otherwise don’t correspond with reality. Some of the conversations also veers off into monologuing or over-explaining. With a nearly 3-hour film, Nolan certainly could have afforded to trim dialogue in places. Unlike many, however, I didn’t find the science too difficult to follow – I was familiar with the general concepts and the rest seemed as plausible and understandable as any science fiction.
If you’re at all interested in seeing Interstellar, I’d highly recommend seeing it in theaters – the special effects are mind-blowing in an immersive way and make the film a real experience. Hans Zimmer’s score is also as unique and intense as the rest of the movie, dramatic organ melodies and all.
While Interstellar obviously features credible science and impressive music and visual effects, the human interactions are where the film really shines. The film was long and complicated and interesting and emotional. I had heard tell that people were leaving the theater in tears and I ended up being one of them. The emotional toll of travelling long distances through space and time is apparent, as is Cooper’s love for his kids and the care that the crew members have for each other. Although parts of the moral seem a little cheesy, the strong emotional arc of the story proves that love is a stronger force than space and time.