Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Releases November 7th, 2014
2 hr 49 mins
Rated PG-13
Action/Adventure, Drama


Director: Christopher Nolan

Astronaut Crew
Matthew McConaughey as Cooper
Anne Hathaway as Amelia Brand
David Gyasi as Romilly
Wes Bentley as Doyle
Bill Irwin as the voice of TARS
Josh Stewart as the voice of CASE

Additional Characters
Jessica Chastain as Murph
Mackenzie Foy as Young Murph
Ellen Burstyn as Old Murph
Michael Caine as Professor Brand
Casey Affleck as Tom
Timothée Chalamet as Young Tom
William Devane as Old Tom
John Lithgow as Donald
Topher Grace as Getty
David Oyelowo as Principal
Matt Damon as Dr. Mann

Review by Stephen M.

Interstellar, whether a tale of humanity's fate on Earth heading toward impending doom or a science fiction rich space odyssey, is an epic tale that can only be told by Director Christopher Nolan.  Despite being almost three hours long, the story moves along well.  Such that time flies both in the theater and in the movie.  Humanity's rescue from their dying planet lies in the hands of pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway) as they enter a wormhole to another galaxy that has planets that may be inhabitable.

Besides the superb storytelling, I love the sets and costume designs that gives this space fantasy a more 1980s look than what you would imagine.  This fits in well with the theme of the movie of the planet being resource strapped, secretly continuing a space program to save the remaining humans.  The only futuristic technology comes in the form of what looks like old IBM mainframes that are actually transformable old military robot units that have multiple functions and apparently personalities that are programmable.  From the Waterworld type planet to a planet with frozen clouds, the beauty in the settings the astronauts explore are equally frightening as the filmmakers create wonders in simplicity.

With regards to the acting, it is hard to find fault with the stellar cast.  From Matthew McConaughey as the lead, to the various iterations of Murphy, they all did a phenomenal job in their roles.  The robots, TARS (Bill Irwin) and CASE (Josh Stewart), with their own unique voice and personality was odd but made for some humorous moments.  The only character I would say that didn't stand out, perhaps not by fault of the actress, is Anne Hathaway's Amelia.  Compared to Cooper's kids or even the other astronauts, she just paled as far as being an interesting dynamic character.

Overall, I would recommend the film, though you will be in for a doozy trying to wrap your head around the science behind Interstellar.  From wormholes, to black holes and event horizon and theories of relativity, the film will probably take you two viewings to fully grasp the ending.  Composer Hans Zimmer, extraordinary in most films, does a good job in the film with the score, but nothing to write home about.  Matt Damon as Dr. Mann would be my other standout performer besides Matthew.  Though perhaps a little predictable, it was still a nice change of pace with him in the scenes than just Matthew and Anne.


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