[Movie Review] Interstellar

November 8, 2014

Christopher Nolan does it again. His latest profound and immersive space epic “Interstellar” is a film that is surely one of the best movies in 2014. The movie is about a bold galactic adventure with sufficient melodrama and the surreal, yet it seems legitimatised by philosophy and physics, leaving it grounded in its deadly serious reality.

Thanks to Nuffnang, I had the opportunity to watch the premiere screening of “Interstellar” before everybody else at TGV Cinemas, OneUtama on 6th Nov(last Tuesday).

*Picture credits to Nuffnang*

Frankly, I was rather hesitant and unsure of attending the premiere screening, the reason being that I didn’t find the trailer interesting. But my friend on the other hand…

“It’s Christopher Nolan’s movie! It will be nice! Trust me.” 

(It is obvious enough that I did not know who Christopher Nolan is, else I would definitely go without contemplating.) #iliveunderarockfyi

But, thank goodness I went to watch the movie! It was too good I just cannot! :O The whole movie took a good 3 hours, yet we allowed time to slip away while trying to keep up with the pace of mind-boggling ideas before our eyes.


Official trailer:

Synopsis // Interstellar explained // spoiler alert
It’s difficult to give a review of the movie without spoiling its excitement. So let’s be obscure.

Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) lives with his father-in-law (John Lithgow) and two kids – in a near future where being a farmer is the only way to make ends meet. Dust storms brew, and there’s an ecological apocalypse- earth is dying.

Cooper’s ten year-old daughter Murph(Mackenzie Foy) believes their house is haunted by a ghost that is trying to communicate with her.

Challenging Murph to prove the ghost's existence through scientific inquiry, Cooper discovers that the "ghost" is an unknown form of intelligence sending them coded messages by means of gravity anomaly by altering dust on the floor, directing them to a secret NASA installation.

Cooper has a strong bond with his daughter. But when this former pilot is given a chance to head a mission into space, he grabs it. This secret project to save the Earth is directed by the ageing Professor Brand (Michael Caine).

"Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light." -Professor Brand

Cooper blasts into orbit in the company of Brand’s daughter (Anne Hathaway) and two other scientists (Wes Bentley, David Gyasi). This is no bus hop to the Moon: their aim is to slip through a wormhole near Saturn and search for other planets capable of sustaining life. Let’s just say that their return ticket is flexible.

For certain people(like me :P #nerdyViolette), you might understand the science (influenced by the involvement of physicist Kip Thorne), but the chances are you won’t. Yet, it demands you to think hard and look hard to try to understand the ample talk of astronomy and physics.

"Love is the one thing that transcends time and space." -Brand

I was so excited when there was a blend of science and love(about family and friends) in this movie. ‘Interstellar’ inspires trust, and despite all the science talk about dimensions and intelligence, it is kept in tune with its emotions.

The real star is McConaughey: his earthy grit and family-man vulnerability are well placed. My tears flowed like Niagra falls at the part when Cooper viewed the videos his family sent him when he returned back to his spaceship after delaying one hour on Miller’s planet(where every hour spent on the planet surface, 7 years passed elsewhere). He discovered that 23 years have passed on Earth. Brutal is the word: this is a sharp, tense experience.

‘Interstellar’ is a spectacle. Why only ask for the stars when you can have moons, distant planets, extra dimensions, lectures on physics and a sobering shot of terror? ‘Interstellar’ has it all! Definitely a must-watch movie!

"Interstellar" is out now in cinemas.

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