Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Interstellar: A Cinematic Disappointment

Director Christopher Nolan is back with another mind bending sci-fi flick focusing on a man whose been called upon by NASA to help a team of astronauts travel through a worm hole in a risky attempt to save Earth. Nolan co-wrote Interstellar with his brother Jonathan Nolan, as he does with most of his films. He is most famous for the most recent Batman trilogy, but notorious for creating these incredible thought-provking flicks such as Inception, The Prestige, and the lesser-known Memento.

Interstellar starts off beautifully. It tells this intriguing story of a ten year old girl, Murph (played by Mackenzie Foy) living with her father, Coop (Matthew McConaughey) her brother, and grandfather (John Lithgow) in the middle of nowhere, but the chemistry between Murph and Coop is fun, and charismatic. They bond over science, theories and space. There is so much joy and love between them that nothing can tear them apart. Or so that’s what the audience believes, until everything takes a turn for the worst. Coop is offered to work with NASA on a mission that could save all of humanity, but it would require him to travel through time, meaning possibly not seeing his daughter for years, or if at all, again. He meets up with Professor Brand (Michael Caine) and his daughter Brand (Anne Hathaway) and they devise up a plan to best execute the quickest, best way to travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life in order to save the Earth. Murph is devastated and begs her father to stay, and although Coop is an intelligent character, he regrettably leaves his daughter in her devastated state and sets out for space. And the worst is yet to come.
The acting in the film is mediocre at best. Honestly, the film focuses so much on the plot and the intricate details of space there is not enough time to have the characters develop. None of the actors really stood out in their performance. This was definitely not Academy Award winners McConaughey and Hathaway’s best performace. Jessica Chastain portrays Murph at an older age, and although the film’s running time is 169 minutes, there is too many facts stuffed into the film that the audience isn’t watching for Academy Award winning performances, they are watching to have their mind blown by another one of Nolan’s masterpieces, which unfortunately, Interstellar does not come close to Nolan's other works.
The first half of Interstellar is great, it has heart, it has sci-fi, it has adventure and fun. The second half of Interstellar is depressing, somewhat confusing, and a complete disappointment. To sit here and explain the reason it is a disappointment would give the entire ending away but it was not particularly enjoyable after watching nearly 3 hours of a science fiction film and anxiously awaiting the arrival of Coop's return for his daughter to finally be with her father again.
In conclusion, Interstellar is recommended to Christopher Nolan fans, people who enjoy sci-fi films that focus primarily on the specifics of space-time continuum and the like. Also to people that enjoy films that are soaked with deceit, betrayal and the constant feeling that no character can be trusted in this enormous solar system Nolan creates.

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