is INTERSTERLLAR out of this world or grounded? [film review]


PhotoGrid_1415401392862Last night I got to check out what one of my favorite directors has been up to. Apparently, he had been up in space crafting yet another masterpiece following his wildly successful Dark Knight trilogy and slew of other films like Inception and The Prestige. But one of many questions one might be wondering is “how does this film rank with his previous ones?” Honestly, I don’t know who would be asking that questions because if you don’t know what you’re in for by now when you walk into a Nolan film, then you’ve never seen any of his movies.

I say all of that to say Christopher Nolan, for me at least, has done it yet again. While I recorded my “snap judgement” for a soon to be released podcast episode, I have nothing but praise for Interstellar. Granted, I’m already a little biased as I list Inception as one of my top favorite movies and Nolan can do no wrong in my book. But why is this film so good?

To keep this review short, I’m going to say that this is another film to be experienced, like a previous spaced adventure Gravity. It’s important I throw that comparison out there now because due to that movie, I have a healthy fear of space travel, more so than I already did. However, a more correct comparison would be 2001: A Space Oddessy, as that was inspiration for Nolan for this film. And if you’ve seen that film, you’ll be able to see the parallels when they happen. Will TARS the robot pull a HAL-9000? Watch and find out! Another comparison is the third act, which I’d have to explain the plot in order to explain what happens, and I prefer to keep this review short and spoiler-free so I won’t be doing that. But again, in 2001, things get weird in the last chunk of the movie. The same can be said in Interstellar. What other critics have a problem with, I can’t be too sure. One thing I’m most pleased with is how everything that happens early on in the film does pay off later.

I say that because this movie is close to 3 hours. I can attest the last hour breezes by once you get through the first 2. That’s not to say it’s boring, because it isn’t. But if you aren’t a fan of science and space than maybe this movie isn’t for you. There’s some quantum theory speak and even some existentialism that goes on for a few scenes, but like I said, everything pays off if you’re paying attention. Even if you aren’t, the visuals are stunning. And the sound mix: hold on to your seats.

I will take a moment to note that yes, there might be a technical error depending on your screening where the score and sound effects drowned out the dialogue. Aside from that, the bass and booms were meant to rock you seats. And finally, here’s another space movie that respects noises in space. Gravity did it too.

Top notch acting accolades all around. McConaughey cries a lot. And a lot of the times, I almost wanted to cry with him. The central thread of this story, if you will, is the love between a father and daughter. She resents him for taking on this space mission without knowing when or even if he’d ever return. Why is he going into space? Out by Saturn is a wormhole to another galaxy that might have a more hospitable planet that can harbor human life as Earth has run out of food and is basically becoming the Dust Bowl: Reloaded. But what they find through the wormhole is where I stop talking. Yeah, you see things in the trailers but I can’t explain that without spoilers. And speaking of spoilers? Avoid the IMDb page like I did, as I was surprised to see some actors pop up I wasn’t expecting. Wes Bentley, most recently seen as Mordrake on American Horror Story makes his appearance, yes with his beard, no second face was visible.

So, go see this film. I wouldn’t take the kids unless they have an interest in space (like wee Sterling did) or like science and nerdy things like it. OR if they are interested in great filmmaking and storytelling. To me, if I were a child and watched this, I wouldn’t really know what was going on but would remember it when I got older and would appreciate re-watching it then. What I’m saying is, it’s a movie about family, but not really a family movie. Not for the little kiddies, as they’d be bored of their mind. Teenagers and up, buy a ticket. And Academy voters, please nominate Christopher Nolan already. Thank you, and let us not go gently into that night. (I know, I misquoted)

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in movie, review

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,920 other followers

Follow the indoob! network on WordPress.com
November 2014
S M T W T F S
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30  
Blog Stats
  • 29,844 hits
  • 137. dreamstorming gingerbread November 11, 2020
    What is Dreamstorm? We couldn't tell you but it's fascinating and you need to experience what we know of it (watch the YouTube clip here) and if it can help manifest the gingerbread Oreos that Sterling craves. Also, Sterling learns a startling fact about Kortney! Sterling also freaks Kortney out with the rules of the Elevator Game which may or may […]
  • 136. spookums country October 29, 2020
    Sterling and Kortney invite long time fan and captain of Sterling's Auntie Army: Aunt Cindy, as she spooks the pod with ghost stories from the haunted building she clocked in at daily. Also, Kortney discusses her experience with the FIYAH Lit Mag writing conference she attended, and Sterling shares more pod recommendations to enlighten your life. Sterli […]
  • leaving lovecraft country season 1 October 21, 2020
    Sterling invites Vilissa and Neysha to dissect the good, the bad, and the ugly as they take a look at the first season of HBO's Lovecraft Country. Be warned, heavy spoilers throughout as they start with the finale and discuss all episodes. Did you watch the show? Did you read the book it's based on? What did you think?
%d bloggers like this: