Just when you think that filmography is dead and everything is just another cheap knock-off, Interstellar brings a truly novel production to life.
This nearly three hour long epic is a journey through space and time, that keeps the audience tense and thrilled throughout. The filmography is beautiful, capturing sweeping vistas (on several planets) and the majestic expanse of outer space, which makes you question your significance in the world.
It is these grand, beautiful scenes, coupled with powerful music and intense action, which make this the type of movie that has to be seen on a big screen for the desired effect. The movie cuts between loud, chaotic flashes and serene, peaceful, silent images of outer space.
It’s not just the imagery that makes this movie beautiful. The relationships between Anne Hathaway’s character and her father, and Matthew McConaughey’s character and his daughter are raw. The constant concepts of the film are human companionship and family, which is said to be what drives humanity’s survival instinct.
The underlining apocalyptic element makes the film move fast. The rush to save the world and his daughter motivates Matthew McConahey’s every action. He visits three planets in the three hours of the movie. However, to add a dimension, each planet has different laws of relativity. He spends four hours on the first planet, which are equivalent to 27 years on earth. As a viewer you are guaranteed to be internally screaming “HURRY”, wanting desperately for the protagonist to see his daughter again.
This film will make you value your dad and probably give him a call, wherever he may be. Fans of Christopher Nolan’s other popular production Inception are bound to fall in love with Interstellar as it plays with the concept of relativity and flexibility of space and time in a similar way, and is equally likely to lead to thought-provoking discussions about the relativity of life itself.
One of the most notable aspects of this film was the refreshing lack of romance. The entire movie was focused on a touching father/daughter relationship, which drives McConaughey’s character into other galaxies, wormholes, and black holes to ensure his daughter’s future.
There is no predictable romance or love scene between Hathaway and McConaughey (despite the extended time spent alone on a spaceship together). There isn’t even a scene where Anne Hathaway wears revealing attire. The depiction of strong, powerful women as opposed to women of pure sex appeal is inspiring and different.
Happily, McConaughey was not used as a sex object either, as his character was one of a serene, parental nature. He was also able to remain fully clothed throughout, with no unnecessary topless scene thrown in (a rareity in Matthew McConahey movies). This kept the movie fast-paced and intense, but also touchingly serene and made the characters seem real emotionally.
This touching production will restore faith in humanity, love and family. It is far from your typical sci-fi and will be enjoyed, not only by physics nerds, but by anyone with a heart.