Interstellar

 

Three quarters of the films I’ve caught over the last few years have been fairly run of the mill and hardly the stuff of awe, but Christopher Nolan and Interstellar bucked the monotonous trend so much so that this usually reluctant and rather disillusioned movie goer caught it twice within the space of a single week. Such is the lure of the concept, jaw-dropping visuals and characters in this masterpiece, and it conveniently sets the ball rolling for a further generation of space operas in the years to come.

 

STARRING:
Matthew McConaughey
Anne Hathaway
Jessica Chastain
Bill Irwin
Ellen Burstyn
Michael Caine

 

DIRECTOR:
Christopher Nolan

 

DATE OF RELEASE:
7th November, 2014

 

RUNNING TIME:
169 minutes

 

Do not walk into the neighbourhood multiplex expecting an action packed cerebral thriller, for starters. The plot amidst its characteristic science-fictional roar dives into its fair share of sentimentalism in fact, all brilliantly executed by McConaughey and his counterparts on and off the ground – giving enough credence to the solidly written storyline which in turn is scripted to interweave seamlessly across virtual worlds, other dimensions and time travel. ‘Murph’, played by several actors throughout the film is especially endearing, and arguably the heart of the film from start to finish, and the two robots TARS and CASE add a judicious touch of spark and humour to an otherwise dark and dramatic script.

 

References to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gravity and even Inception will be plentiful, but I would daresay Interstellar surpasses all of them in its zeal to encompass a human-themed drama inside of a space and time loop, cleverly veering away from the abstract nature of the former, and the documentary-like feel of Gravity and Inception – which albeit were very good stories in their own right. The pace of the nearly three hour long script also has a touch of seasoned class for its length, and just enough of a graphical shower of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ without rendering their splendor redundant through overuse, of which there are plenty of specimens in the industry today.

 

The film comes packed with a soundtrack of course, likely the best one for a sci-fi flick by far. Master concoctioner Hans Zimmer is fast becoming a household name at this game, though even he might concede that it would take some doing to exceed the inspiring and sonorous crescendo of harmonies that he lends to every scene of Interstellar with his arrangements.

 

Another member of the personnel who might find it a feat to secure a higher pedestal is director Christopher Nolan. Some might call it his best work so far, and another subset of fans – also of a certain winged superhero – might place it at second or third. All we can have a consensus on is that the trophy shelf should be roomy enough to welcome in some more pieces of well deserved metal after this effort.

 

 

 

 

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