Interstellar: What I Thought!

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Christopher Nolan is undoubtedly one of the best directors in the industry now. While there are some skeptics who’d disagree with me he does know how to craft a great movie be it drama, a thriller or revamping the superhero genre. Christopher Nolan’s 9th movie Interstellar, had been already soaring sky high with anticipation and excitement and it does deliver…to a certain extend. Its hard to critique a movie thats complex without letting a bit of spoilers and believe me you are better off with knowing the least of Interstellar’s story.

Touted as the next best space opera/drama, Interstellar tells us the story of Cooper who, in a time of Blight and humanity at the point of extinction, has to abandon his family and travel to new dimensions in search of new inhabitable worlds. Part family drama dealing with love, choice and sacrifice and part space adventure, Interstellar felt both heartwarming and tragic at times and mind numbingly intellectual the other.

What I loved about the movie is that it doesn’t walk you through it and its deliberate. While it hinders accessibility to the movie for certain audiences, Interstellar has a great sci-fi story along with a touching drama that pulls the right strings with your emotions. The best of both worlds right? But the nuances arise when it overly tries to be intellectual just for the sake of it. Agreed, Nolan’s movies always try to play with your gray matter in ways unimaginable but putting an ambitious movie at stake, injecting time-space continuum jargon and whatnot ruins the experience a bit. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey would be the first thing to come to mind while watching Interstellar but this is in fact a commercial movie that tries to be both OTT brainy and touching and succeeds only mediocrely. And apparently its caused by writers Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan writing two different stories and trying to blend them up. Its just not as easy as ‘voila’, and the differences could be seen throughout the movie. The first act focussed in on the blight and the perils Coop and his family goes through, an emotionally straining moment where Coop has to leave his daughter, unable to tell her when he’ll be back. The second act centered more on Coop and crew’s travel to space and into black holes trying to find a planet that can sustain life. The third act is where it takes a turn showing both Coop’s space spoils and his daughter’s revelations and how its all connected.

Interstellar isn’t hard to comprehend in any way and it’s way less complicated than Inception. I’d loved Inception and was very much in sync with it from frame one, while being extremely ambiguous there weren’t any perplexity if you put your mind to it, but Interstellar needlessly complicates things trying hard to be Inception‘s prodigal son. I wonder if its made so, coz it can be called a Christopher Nolan movie.

It’s safe to say that Matthew McConaughey carried Interstellar on his sole shoulders. I’d recently rewatched Tropic Thunder and he’s definitely come a long way from there. From Dallas Buyers Club to True Detective, he has become a force to reckon with. Everybody else from Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain to Michael Caine, John Lithgow and Casey Affleck did their roles fairly well. Brownie points for Mackenzie Foy who played Young Murph (Coops daughter) exceptionally well. There is also a huge cameo which I am not gonna spoil for obvious reasons. All said, I need to quote it once more, “McConaughey steals the show”.

Make no mistake, Interstellar is gorgeous. The visuals are superb on the big screen, space, its infinite bounds, the black holes and all are visualized in sheer grandeur. TARS the robot, especially was a sight for sore eyes. Nolan is known for using practical effects instead of heavy CGI and its fantastic to look at. Same goes for Hans Zimmer’s score which is nothing less than spellbinding. I’d say the score had an equal hand in making you feel those inevitable goosebump-moments. There was this article about how Hans Zimmer composed the main theme for Interstellar and how it turned out to sound very personal and it shows! I just cant wait to get my hands on the soundtrack and put it on loop.

I did like the space travel and relativity application bits a lot, but I was equally inclined towards the beautiful father-daughter relationship and family drama. It just proves that just crafting an intellectual movie doesn’t essentially make a ‘great’ movie. Believe me coz this is coming from a die hard Nolan fan. I am someone who enjoyed The Dark Knight Rises despite its flaws and I was sure Interstellar wouldn’t let me down and it didn’t. I liked Interstellar but it failed to give me an experience that I’d felt during Inception or The Dark Knight. As opposed to the movie’s hype, this isn’t Nolan’s best work. And a few months from now there’d doubtlessly be a Movie Sins’ Everything wrong with Interstellar video pointing out a gazillion mistakes in the movie. Should you give this a pass? I’d firmly say NO, as its something you don’t get to see everyday. Even though this is one of Nolan’s weakest, Interstellar is an ambitious movie with a lot of heart put into making it; its heavy on drama and its heavy on sci-fi and its worth a watch or two.
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