Interstellar Viewers Review
Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, etc.
With extreme excitement and anticipation, I had gone to watch Interstellar when it first released in the cinemas here in the UAE. Truly, it wasn’t just a movie for me. It was an experience. Never in all my years of watching movies, had. I have gone through an emotional experience while watching a “Sci-fi” film.
Now, to those of you who are from Mars (not being sarcastic, but this movie and its subject is not everyone’s cup of tea), you might find it very difficult to understand what’s going on and hence will be very confused and bored. The reason being that most of the conversations in this movie is based on Physics. Theory of Relativity, Worm Holes, Black Holes, bending of space and time, time going slow for one and going fast for the other and it goes on…. I am no master of Physics, but always had a special interest in this area for as long as i can remember and so i used to and still do read up anything and everything about this subject. Even then a few things in the movie went over my head and I did some reading again to get it. Which is probably why the sci-fi genre appealed a great deal to me always. Which again is the reason for my addiction to the subject of UFOs and Aliens. I am one of the millions of people who truly believe that we are not alone in the universe.
If I may quote the great Author/Scientist Carl Sagan –
“The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, it seems like an awful waste of space.”
This is from his book “Contact” which was made into a beautiful movie of the same name, with Jody Foster and guesses who else, yes, Matthew McConaughey again. One of my favorite sci-fi books/movies of all time. People thought that the last few minutes of the movie Contact, was unbelievable when Jodie Foster went windsurfing on Vega with her dead dad! But then again, why not?
Christopher Nolan is a novice in dark brooding cinema. As well as his passion for subjects related to Time is evident from movies like “Inception”. I had watched 2001-A Space Odyssey, at an age when I never understood much of it, except for being in awe of all the space travel and technologies. But I did make it a point to watch it again and again once I was older and as almost everyone in the world stands united in their opinion of Stanley Kubrick’s gem, I too felt that it was a classic. Something other directors looked onto when making a sci-fi movie. So I have read every reviewer comparing this movie to 2001. But I believe these two movies will always stand apart from the rest, for its sheer brilliance, magnitude, and its core theme.
Matthew McConaughey was the pillar of strength in Interstellar. One of my favorite actors, his versatility is amazing. What he portrayed in Dallas Buyers Club is no small feat. And that eventually won him his first Academy Award for Best Actor. Well deserved. His relationship with his daughter brings too much emotion into the movie and tugs at our hearts. His need for his kids to be safe and hence not telling them that he is going to save the world, when he leaves them, knowing that maybe they will die if he is unsuccessful in his mission. Its Love that matters. A dialogue in the movie goes like this – “Love is the one thing that transcends time and space”. This is spoken by Anne Hathaway’s character, Amelia Brand, during an emotional conversation with Matthew’s character, Cooper. Anne has a very mature role here, though she seems a bit cold at times. The Blackhole was mesmerizing! Never seen anything like it ever! I had read that theoretically, this was the perfect Blackhole and this is how it might look actually.
I loved the movie. I know there will be lots of confusion for many people watching this just like how people were when watching Nolan’s “Inception”. Probably watching “Inception” a second time cleared up all my doubts. Almost! This film throws so much information at you that it’s natural to be confused. The last 10 minutes have been criticized a lot but I thought that those 10 minutes clear up whatever was nagging your mind till then. Kind of like bringing it to a full circle. It is Directors like Chris Nolan and movies like “Interstellar” that make me proudly say that “This is exactly why I love movies”.
With close scrutiny, it might have its flaws, but then which great movie or director doesn’t have those!
Definitely a must-watch. Especially for those who love this genre combined with extreme human emotions. Something we all badly need in this crazy world. Love for humanity!