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11/23/2014

Interstellar (2014) - Nolan heads to space in opulent, exciting epic




+ Best Science Fiction Movie of the Year

Super-exciting poster for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar

Interstellar is the great space opera of 2014, and we may note that this and last year have been awesome in this respect: Gravity (2013) captivated the world last year and was a tremendous survival space thriller ride, while Interstellar this year is a grander, incredible epic. I didn't, unfortunately, experience it in IMAX, which it is made for (co-writer/director Christopher Nolan (Inception (2010)) is an avid fan of the format), but I highly recommend you to catch it in IMAX if in any way possible,  because the scope of the exploration in the film indeed begs for this huge format.

In a dystopic future, mankind is threatened by dust-storms and hunger as crops die out, and a former NASA astronaut is put back into service after receiving a mysterious clue from the beyond. Together with a small crew, he must go through a wormhole to search out new planets for the human race.

Nolan cements his position as one of the world's most exciting, ambitious film-makers here: Co-writing with his brother Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight (2008)), the two have here created a journey into space that transports its audience with awe, because they seem to spin their narrative with a top physicist's integrity. Indeed the events of Interstellar are well-researched and generally realistic, and the seriousness and lack of condescension of the film is liberating and remarkable. It also, especially towards the end, makes for a dizzying and hard to grasp film, not unlike the effect of Nolan's best picture so far, the head-spinning masterpiece Inception.
The end is the only weak spot on Interstellar in my opinion. Never one to include religion or God in his pictures or world-view, Nolan here instead SPOILER ends with a time-relativity ghost of sorts, as well as a total embrace of lead Matthew McConaughey (Mud (2012)) as a near Superman of the film. I could have seen it end (better) SPOILER with him not surviving the black hole. - I had a similar sentiment about Nolan's previous film, the disappointing, messy The Dark Knight Rises (2012), in which Batman, incredibly, seems to die, - but then didn't anyway ...


Interstellar is still wildly exciting and an exciting present. I like the robots designed for the film, who also account for some of the film's humor. (It does have some, no matter what others are writing.) 
A high-point of Interstellar concerns our space mission's visit on the icy planet that a Dr. Mann (Matt Damon (Elysium (2013)) has lived on by himself for years. Casting Damon against McConaughey in this part of the film, whose face has puffed up with age, while McConaughey's has become more taut and emaciated (perhaps because of work and straining roles the last few years), is a masterstroke. This whole chapter of Interstellar was incredible.
The film has several other great performances and a cast with so many stars, it hardly only happens on a Nolan-film: McConaughey is plausible as the firm, smart astronaut hero; Michael Caine (Children of Men (2006)) has his best role in a Nolan film so far; and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty (2012)) makes the adult daughter work with strong acting.
Interstellar makes people gasp out, sniffle, laugh, scream, urge at the screen and ask questions. It is a voyage that will no doubt thrill little boys and girls the world over to pursue the sciences. - Don't miss it!

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 Watch the awesome trailer for the film here

Cost: 165 mil. $
Box office: 204.1 mil. $ and counting
= Too early to say
[Interstellar had a good American debut (#2 with 47.5 mil. $ behind Disney's Big Hero 6 with 56.2 mil. $). It has reached 200 mil. $ worldwide in just 6 days, and will rely on a longer, strong run (similar to Gravity's last year) to turn a profit due to its high budget.]

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