For almost two years now, we have had nothing but a trailer and a few stills of Interstellar to live with. Every Nolan fanboy was literally bursting at the seams with anticipation. Well, the movie is finally here, and all the hush-hush around the plot seems completely fair. But first, full disclosure: Do not try to compare this film to Nolan’s previous films. Because that is bound to happen.
The fate of humanity is bleak after a “Blight” hits the earth, leaving only dust and dead crops in its wake. Corn is the only crop that grows and almost everyone has turned to farming for survival. There are no engineers, no armies and no NASA. Or are there? Cooper (Mathew McConaughey) is one such NASA pilot-turned-farmer, who shares a special bond with his daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy). Inexplicable events lead him to a secret facility, where he reunites with Dr. Brand (Michael Caine) and also meets his daughter Amelia (Anne Hathaway). He is then chosen for a space expedition, which has been pegged as the last chance to save mankind. Thus, four humans and one giant sarcastic robot set out to look for an alternate planet where humans can repopulate to survive total annihilation.
Written by Christopher and Jonathon Nolan, Interstellar does not try to oversimplify things. There are a lot of theories thrown around involving Relativity, Quantum Theory and Wormholes. And you will definitely want to sit up and catch it all, because it comes around, and how! The reason why Nolan works best with sci-fi is because he dives deep into the basics and wants the audience to think and put the pieces together themselves. Treating time as a fabric, the Nolan brothers construct an engaging plot that keeps you hooked till the very end.
And then there is Hans Zimmer‘s fantastic score. His music compliments every scene to the T. From the deafening boom of the shuttle to the tranquil nothingness of the space, your mind is blown every time the tension builds up. You take in the beauty with your eyes wide open and your mouth ajar. Thanks to the beauty of the scenes shot with IMAX cameras, you can’t help but feel one with the characters.
The movie does, however, fall prey to convenient plotting at some point. Truth be told, it is as grand as 2001: A Space Odyssey in scope and as visually enticing as Gravity. Yet, there will come a point, where you will feel like you are watching an M. Night Shyamalan film. The movie also doesn’t do much for its leads. Established actors such as Mathew McConaughey, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway never go beyond their comfort zone to showcase what they are truly capable of. Jessica Chastain, as the older Murph, is perhaps the only one who gives a well-rounded performance. The script is laced with genuine humor, and ironically, it is the robot who gets the best lines.
Why should you watch this film?
Interstellar gives space travel a whole new dimension. But even with all the scientific jargon, the film bears a lot of soul. The love that connects a father and his daughter transcends time, and eventually, the space. This is a beautifully shot film from an ace director that succinctly captures what inter-galactic travel would feel like. Its only flaws, as pointed out, are weak acting and a lived-in storyline. But you will definitely leave the theatre with your mind blown and a desire to watch it once again. If you do, make sure you get the IMAX experience.