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Nov
10

Interstellar is a Masterpiece

Interstellar is an astonishing spectacle that has redefined what it means to be a remarkable film. This movie is incredibly emotional, visually-stunning, thought-provoking, and something that I have never felt about any other film – inspirational. Watch Interstellar in IMAX and your life will never be the same.

Relax – this is spoiler free.

Acting
Matthew McConaughey delivers a phenomenal performance as the protagonist, Cooper. His character is very likeable and relatable. Now just because he’s easy to connect to doesn’t mean Cooper is a simple character. In fact, people in real life aren’t simple – they’re complicated! Cooper has conflicted and complex thoughts and feelings just like us. Whether it be explicit excitement for new discoveries or subtle facial expressions for inner angst, McConaughey knocks it out of the park and you can understand every thought he has and feel every emotion he experiences.

However, as good as McConaughey was, Mackenzie Foy as his daughter Murphy, definitely stole the spotlight whenever she was on the screen. She’s an intelligent person who has a clear sense of her values and beliefs and sticks to them despite the pressures she gets from her family and society.

And finally, an honorable mention goes to Bill Irwin as the robot TARS. We’ve all seen artificial intelligence in other science-fiction films and TARS is just as likeable, if not, more likeable than others. His sense of humour is clever and sarcastic but never crass or trashy and most importantly, his comedic relief is truly appreciated in this emotionally-heavy story.

They’re so nerdy…but still cool at the same time

Phenomenal casting

Visual Effects
Chris Nolan is known for being incredibly particular when it comes to visual effects and uses practical ones (e.g., fully-functional sets, miniatures, etc.) whenever possible and only uses CGI effects when necessary. In a time where CGI effects are blatantly obvious in TV and films, I couldn’t be more grateful for Nolan’s approach. The sandstorms, spaceships, and new planets were so tangible and I can’t help but believe that this is due to Nolan’s approach of filmmaking.

Even in a film like Interstellar where the majority of things takes place in outer space, Nolan somehow manages to make everything look and feel so real. There are parts of the film where the characters have to travel through black holes and worm holes and these scenes were easily the most breath-taking and memorable parts of the film. I’m not a physicist so I have no clue what real black holes and worm holes are supposed to look like, but their representations in the film were simply unforgettable and mesmerizing.

They’re so nerdy…but still cool at the same time

What a cool way to make movies

Story
Humanity is on the brink of extinction as people are barely able to harvest the last remaining crops due to the poor environment. Cooper is then forced to decide between staying on Earth to be with his family or to risk everything he holds dear to him by travelling in outer space in hopes of finding a way to save humanity.

That’s all I will say about story but more importantly what’s so good about the Interstellar story?

It’s an emotional and heart-felt movie about the beautiful relationship between parent and child. The movie explores several aspects of parenthood but obviously the largest area they explore is responsibility – raising your children or leaving them for other responsibilities. I think it’s pretty obvious that Cooper leaves his family and goes to outer space otherwise, we wouldn’t have an interesting movie. Now just because he goes to outer space doesn’t mean this conflict is resolved and forgotten. In fact, parenthood is an integral part of the entire story and I lost count of how many times my eyes swelled with tears whenever they explored the various facets of parenthood.

They’re so nerdy…but still cool at the same time

Incredible on-screen chemistry

The movie is ridiculously thought-provoking. Like I said before, I’m not a physicist but I want to learn so much more about worm holes, black holes, and of course, the concept of time after watching this movie. The film provides just enough information so we have a general understanding of these incredibly complex concepts. More importantly, the movie reminds us that our understandings of these concepts are really just theoretical and the possibilities are infinite as nobody has actually travelled through worm holes. Nolan obviously uses this as a writing tool to move his story forward but he cleverly plants these concepts into our heads and now I’m thinking about them all the time!

The movie briefly talks about the 4th dimension which is time and they even mention the 5th dimension. Can you imagine what we could accomplish if we could manipulate time the way we manipulate things in our 3rd dimension? What about the 5th dimension – whatever it is! There are no limits and just thinking about what happens to time and energy in a worm hole is beyond my comprehension but incredibly exciting. I sincerely doubt that I’ll ever have an opportunity to understand these things in my life time, but I’m so excited and hopeful that one day, our species will travel through worm holes or manipulate time. Life would so different – I can’t wrap my brain around it.

Critics and Nitpickers
I’ve read other people’s reviews for the film and the ones who didn’t enjoy the film were definitely nitpicking. They all justified their dissatisfaction with the same reasons: “plot holes” and unrealistic. It’s one thing if almost everything in Interstellar was unrealistic – then yes, it’d be a terrible movie but that wasn’t the case. I can only think of less than handful of things that came off us implausible in Interstellar.

It’s a movie, so why would it be 100% realistic and accurate? 100% realistic is called real life. Even non-fiction isn’t completely 100% real because people’s biases always get through one way or another.

Every single TV series or film that I have watched was never 100% realistic and that’s the point – we watch TV shows and movies to escape reality. Just because something isn’t 100% realistic doesn’t mean it’s bad. The most important thing is how the story is told. A good storyteller will make you forget or overlook the unrealistic parts because you’re enjoying the story and completely invested in the characters and the plot.

Take Breaking Bad for example. Myth Busters proved that unrealistic things happened in the show – like the acid that Walter and Jesse used to get rid of bodies. In real life, that acid did no where near the same amount of damage as it did in the show. Does that mean Breaking Bad is a terrible TV show? Of course not, it’s the best television series.

Anybody who didn’t like Interstellar because it was unrealistic is a complete hypocrite because that would imply that The Avengers is a bad movie because there’s no such thing as the Hulk or Loki and his mind-controlling weapon. That movie got 92% on Rotten Tomatoes so pretty much everyone liked that film and trust me, it’s not because it was a scientifically accurate movie about an alien invasion.

Finally, the so-called , “plot-holes” aren’t a valid reason for disliking the movie either. The movie made it very clear that anything is possible because we’re dealing with black holes and worm holes where things aren’t confined to the rules of our 3-dimensional world. This movie talks about going into the not just the 4th dimension, but the 5th dimension! Anything is possible! And let’s face it, all movies and TV series have some plot-holes, but you over look them because of good story-telling and Nolan is one of the best storytellers of our time.

I have yet to read or watch a review where the person commented about the pacing of the film, the acting, the cinematography, action sequences, soundtrack, visual effects, or the storytelling. These are valid factors that determine whether a movie is good or not.

Overall
I watch movies because I love being pulled into enriching and engaging stories. I want to relate and bond with the characters and go on a journey with them. Interstellar delivers a heart-felt and emotional story with relatable characters and most importantly, evokes inspiration and hope for what the possibilities of the future may hold.

Nolan could’ve taken the easy route by sticking to the same formats as other movies to please the mass audiences. Instead, he pushed and challenged himself as a storyteller with Interstellar and I’m so glad that he did. I don’t understand critics who have said, “Nolan tries too hard with Interstellar.” Does that mean you want a director not to put forth his best effort and to stay in their comfort zones? How would things ever progress or get better with that attitude?

I genuinely hope that Chris Nolan doesn’t stop making films because he always outdoes himself every single time. However, if he did decide to stop making films, Interstellar is the perfect master piece to be his swan song.

Until next time, nerd out.

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  1. Dave Jenkins says:

    Finally, a review for Interstellar that I agree with 100%. I have watched this film several times now and still find the story, acting, score and visual effects spellbinding. Chris Nolan continues to make movies that I can watch over and over again. Excellent review

    1. Matt says:

      Sadly, I’ve only seen this movie ONCE! However, I did just get it on blu-ray and I’m enjoying the extra features right now, before I watch the film again.

      Hands down, Inception has been my favourite movie for the past few years – I really didn’t expect another movie to top it. And of course who else would top it? Nolan!

      Thanks for the feedback Dave!

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