Time and again, Christopher Nolan has delivered through his unique method of creating films that explore time, morality, humanity, and philosophy. Films such as Memento, The Prestige, and Inception are key examples of his superb work, and Interstellar is no exception.
Matthew McConaughey plays Cooper, a former NASA pilot who, after Earth’s crops have been ravaged by blight, turns to farming with his family: his daughter Murphy, his son Tom, and his father-in-law, Donald. When humanity is faced with an extinction-level threat, Cooper is chosen to travel to the far reaches of space in order to save both his family and humanity.
All of this film’s aspects are brilliantly executed — the acting, the score, the cinematography, and the story. Together, these elements make for an experience that I’ve relived in my head over and over. McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, and more are all superb in their roles. McConaughey, especially, was outstanding, and there were numerous moments throughout the film that his acting elicited an emotional response in me.
Hans Zimmer did the score for the film, as he has in a number of other Nolan films, and this tops Inception as the best of them. Should one watch this movie with no dialogue, the score captures almost all of the emotion and delivers big-time.
Christopher Nolan uses a film style that is uniquely his own, and this is shown in Interstellar. He places an emphasis on special effects here as well, making this film a spectacle meant to be experienced in theaters. Watching it on a television or computer screen will most certainly diminish the awe-inspiring experience it was to see, and hear it, in a theater.
Another Nolan-esque element is time. Memento, Inception, and Interstellar all touch on the idea of time. In the case of Interstellar, Nolan plays with relativity, time flowing differently in certain areas of space as compared to others. This plays a big role in the film, although no further details of that will be discussed for the sake of spoiling the film’s plot.
Throughout the entirety of Interstellar, I was emotionally connected to the main characters, and I desperately wanted McConaughey’s character to succeed. Through Interstellar’s enormous scope, I was humbled by the vastness of our universe and made to feel how small I am, but also how much of an impact I can have.
While the final 20 minutes of Interstellar took a disappointing turn, it is otherwise a fantastic film. Through its complex characters, emotive score, jaw-dropping visual effects, and relatable story, Interstellar had me hooked, and I highly recommend it.