This review does not contain any spoilers.
Interstellar marks the latest film release in the science fiction genre, journeying through time and space against a backdrop of pending apocalypse on Earth. Interwoven into the film are universal themes of love, survival, courage and betrayal, as could be expected from the films Oscar-laden cast, including Mathew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon. Government conspiracy and hidden agendas collide with the latest theories of gravity and black holes as distant galaxies are explored in hopes of finding an alternative planet for the human race to inhabit. With a running time of just under 3 hours, the film can be summed up in one word: ambitious.
Unlike Gravity, last year’s Oscar-winning science fiction film that wowed audiences with gripping special effects and a solo acting performance, ‘Interstellar’ strains to weave together a story of the intricate personal relationships among the ensemble cast, while still employing all the latest digital effects. It’s a worthy effort, giving the film an emotional core and keeping audiences in awe, but viewers should be prepared to manage sensory overload in grasping plot twists interlaced with quantum physics. While Gravity succeeded with a simplistic plot, Interstellar is dense in managing a multi-layered story along side several futuristic assumptions — some believable, some not. Moviegoer Diane commented, “A very thought-provoking movie that takes you on an emotional journey. Great soundtrack and effects that resonated in our beautiful vintage Village Theatre.” While the movie may be a lot to digest intellectually and visually even with a healthy dose of ‘suspended disbelief’ it will keep you thinking about much of it’s story line long after the credits roll. My advice, sit back and enjoy the ride — the Cliff Notes will be out soon.
Running Time: 169 minutes
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain