I had never experienced anything quite like ‘Interstellar’ at the movies before and I doubt I ever will again.
‘Interstellar’ is the first offering from visionary director Christopher Nolan since he closed the book on the Dark Knight trilogy with ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in 2012.
It’s been almost a two and a half year wait but boy was it worth it.
‘Interstellar’ is a serious contender for film of the year and not only does it abound in spectacle and awesome special effects but the film’s encapsulating message is wonderful, thoughtful and utterly original.
If you go to the cinema to leave your brain at the door then you might not enjoy ‘Interstellar’ but if you sometimes want a film to enrich your life and force you not only think but use your imagination then I wouldn’t just recommend you go and see this film, I would advise you to watch it as many times as humanly possible.
The year in which ‘Interstellar’ is set is never revealed but it’s safe to say that the film is set in a not too distant future.
Food and breathable air are on the decrease and the human race has but only decades left before it becomes extinct.
After a ‘gravitational anomaly’ leads Cooper and daughter Murphy, (played brilliantly by Mackenzie Foy) to NASA.
On arrival at the secret base, Cooper meets with Professor Brand (Michael Caine) and is convinced to lead a team of explorers through a wormhole in outer space and search out a habitable planet on which the human race can sustain itself.
I can scarcely remember a time when I enjoyed 169 minutes in a cinema so much.
Everything about ‘Interstellar’ is wondrous and spellbindingly brilliant.
The film’s script, which was written by brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, is not flawless and there are a few plot holes but due to the film’s originality and outstanding special effects it’s easy to turn a blind eye.
The genius that is Hans Zimmer returns to work with Nolan for the umpteenth time and his score is without question one of the best of the year. It is truly atmospheric to say the least.
McConaughey is superb and there are impressive supporting roles from Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain but without Christopher Nolan ‘Interstellar’ wouldn’t be half the movie it is.
Cooper’s character mutters a line at the start of the film where he says the human race used to look up the stars but now they just look down - my gaze was drawn towards the moon and the stars on exiting the cinema!
VERDICT: 5/5 - I don’t make these kind of statements lightly but the world is a better place with Christopher Nolan in it.
‘Interstellar’ will get into your mind and force you to think and use your imagination - for a film to this it takes a great amount of skill. Nolan is without question one of most talented filmmakers of recent years and ‘Interstellar’ is his most impressive piece of cinema to date. It’s scary to think that he is still in his early forties and has years of movie making still left in him.
‘Interstellar’ is wonderful, thoughtful, orginal, some of the greatest sound of the year and is sure to be a contender for movie of the year