Movie Review: ‘Interstellar’

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In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan.

 

A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race. (Imdb.com)

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Woah.

Seriously guys, I have no words. While explaining how I feel about a book or movie has never been easy, I know it’ll never again be as difficult as trying to explain the greatness that is this movie. Period.

Interstellar is truly a tour de force   one that I never saw coming until it had already swept over and knocked the wind out of me. I went into the theater expecting to see something with about the same kind of action and emotional level as the new Star Trek films, and the style and feel of Gravity. And I was terribly, inconceivably, so-far-off-I-might-as-well-have-been-in-another-galaxy wrong.

Mankind was born on earth. It was never meant to die here. — Cooper

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While as a Sci-Fi film, many might expect it to be lacking emotional depth, I was one big mess of all kinds of emotions throughout the movie. Interstellar has its emotional foundation mainly in Cooper’s (Matthew McConaughey) touching relationship with his daughter, Murphy. Coop must leave Murph (and his son) behind to try to find mankind’s salvation somewhere in the stars — but all the while he is gone, he can think of only how to get back to his kids, and how to save them, while still trying to do what is necessary for the human race. It’s heartbreaking to see the pain that both father and daughter go through during their separation, and how beautifully they struggle to try to get back to each other; I cried (sobbed) at least twice, if not three times during the film. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever cried so much during a movie.

“Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.” — Brand

But heartache wasn’t the only emotion I felt while watching Interstellar. When the crew of the Endurance was flying through the wormhole (“rip in the space-time continuum”), or viewing new planets that could possibly sustain human life for the first time, I was overwhelmed with a mind-stretching sense of awe and inspiration. To see the Endurance’s crew going further and doing things that no human has done before gave me shivers and really sparked my imagination as to humankind’s capabilities, and the incredible stubbornness of the human spirit to survive.

“Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.”  — Cooper

But never mind just heartache and and awe — for a majority of the movie I was verging on a heart attack! (Okay, not really, but I might as well have been.) So many scenes throughout the movie featured actions that were so crucial, and so urgent, that I think my heart nearly burst a couple times over. Seriously — I was curled up in fetal position in my seat, one hand hugging my legs, the other alternating between covering my mouth, biting my fingernails, and poking my sister next to me (sorry, Renee!).  I was pretty much suffering a (nearly) silent death for a lot of the time, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

(CASE:) This is not possible. (Cooper:) No. It’s necessary.

Of everything that created so much emotion, nothing was more essential than the gorgeous and dramatic soundtrack created by Hans Zimmer. The powerful organ pipes, the haunting piano notes that were often repeated, and the space-y sounds used combined to create tracks of sheer genius. They packed quite the punch in the action scenes, and gave even more emotion to the heart wrenching scenes. I couldn’t get the music out of my head after the movie, and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack in my spare time for days now. So. Much. EMOTION!

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And of course, Interstellar is incredibly visually stunning. The innovative camera shots, the astounding beauty of the Endurance’s travel through space and the wormhole, and the the terrain of the new planets appear simple extraordinary. I didn’t have the option of seeing it in IMAX, but it seems that everyone that did has no regrets.

(Brand:) There’s the mountains! (Cooper:) Those aren’t mountains, they’re waves.

Everything, simply everything was on-point in this movie. All the actors did phenomenal jobs, and countless thanks need to go to director Christopher Nolan.

And while many complain that the science in Interstellar is unrealistic, they need to check their facts. Astrophysicist Kip Thorne worked closely with Nolan to ground all the concepts and visuals of the movie in real math and science. Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson applauded the film for its accuracy, and stated that all of the science in the movie is completely plausible. For further reading on the science behind Interstellar check out these links (beware for SPOILERS, links only for those who have seen the movie): http://screenrant.com/interstellar-ending-spoilers-time-travel/,  http://www.indiewire.com/article/watch-neil-degrasse-tyson-explaining-the-end-of-interstellar-might-make-your-brain-explode-20141114, http://www.wired.com/2014/10/astrophysics-interstellar-black-hole/.

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Whew. Allow me just a few more words to finish up this love letter. Interstellar captures the title of being my new favorite movie by far. I desperately want to go see it again, but between my limited time as a student and my limited budget as a college student, I’m not sure I’ll be able to. (But I’ll find a way, who am I kidding?) I hope every one of you can make the time to see this movie because it’s unreal. 

(All quotes from Imdb.com)


Bottom line: Drop everything now and GET TO A THEATER!

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  • acps927 says:

    I like that you pointed out the theme of mankind’s desire to explore and pioneer, as that was definitely a big part of the movie that I think is really important to think about. I was so sad when I heard they were stopping the space shuttle program, but I’m happy that now private companies are giving space exploration a go.

    *SPOILER ALERT FOR OTHERS* And yeah, in the end when Cooper sees Murph, I definitely cried.
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  • I haven’t heard of this movie before. (I loved the new Star Trek films!) I like Hans Zimmer. (The Pirates of the Caribbean theme rocks!) I’ll have to remember this movie for when it comes out on DVD. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
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  • Oh I MUST see this movie! I hadn’t been sure, but now I am. I was afraid it would be too “science-y” but now that you have described how emotional it is…. well, I must watch it! GREAT review, I can’t wait to see this movie!
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    • Thanks! 🙂 It’s a beautiful movie all around, and I think the science aspects are definitely balanced well with the emotional aspects. I’m actually going to see it again tomorrow before it goes out of theaters (so psyched!!).

  • Megan says:

    I was already really excited to see this film, but your review just amped the excitement level up a hundred times. Gahhh, I need to pay a visit to the theater soon!

    Yeah, I’ve heard a lot about the emotional aspect, too. When I watched the last trailer and read the comments for it, it gave me goosebumps. Not only from the stunning visuals, but from the emotions I could sense from Coop and Murph. I even remember this one comment on YouTube that said something like, “After I watched this movie, I went back home and immediately hugged my daughter.” Gosh. I’ve never cried while watching a movie before — not even while watching Les Mis or Harry Potter, and basically everyone cried during those films (I’m heartless) — so that’s one more reason why I’m looking forward to Interstellar.

    It’s shows like this that make me so fascinated in space and planets and time and how humankind might one day be able to achieve interstellar travel. And it also makes me feel so sad that space travel probably won’t happen in my lifetime. I mean, we haven’t even landed a human on Mars yet, much less come up with technology that can withstand the pressure of a wormhole. But hey — it’s always nice to dream, right?

    THE SOUNDTRACK. I immediately looked for it on Spotify when it was released on the 19th. Hans Zimmer just never fails to disappoint. It’s so, so, so beautiful I feel like my heart might break just by listening to it. What’s your favorite track from the score? For me it’s a tie between First Step and Day One and Cornfield Chase. The piano and the organ (I think?) both work together incredibly well. OH, and the trailer music is brilliant as well. Go search up “Final Frontier” by Thomas Bergersen. <3

    Also, I think NASA said that the blackhole depicted in Interstellar looked just like a real one. If that isn't proof that the visual effects are perfect, I don't know what is.

    Okay, I'm starting to get a little fangirly right now, so I'll stop here! (I haven't even watched the film yet!) Amazing review, Lina. Looking forward to watching this so I can fangirl with everyone else who has!

    • I was about to put in my review that this movie made me cry even more than Les Mis! You’ll have to report back to me when you see it if you cried or not. 😉

      Interstellar sure does make our progress look small, I have to agree. But hey — we have a rover landing on Pluto soon! 😀 And if Earth were ever to be as threatened as it is in the movie, I would think (or at least hope) that NASA would kick into hyperdrive and begin bigger projects.

      Omg, I seriously CANNOT stop listening to the soundtrack. It’ll definitely break you while you’re watching the movie to it, haha. There is organ music in it, yes, and it’s pretty much the best part! I think my favorite tracks are Day One and S.T.A.Y., but Mountains and First Step are great as well (and the rest too!!). Haha and I already have Final Frontier bought on iTunes!

      Please come back and fangirl when you’ve watched it!! 😀

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