Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan, Interstellar isn’t the typical Hollywood space adventure. Although it is jam-packed with brainy scientific theories and theoretical physics, Nolan was nonetheless able to produce a thought-provoking science fiction film. In the not-too-distant future of Interstellar, Earth is in poor condition with an environmental disaster called Blight, similar to a dust storm but far worse; the disaster kills all crops except for corn, the only available crop now left on Earth. Not only does the dust affect crops, but it can affect a person’s lungs, leading to possible death.
Even though the movie revolved around a more scientific theme, it had its doses of humor to lighten up the serious aura emitting from the characters. It was also a tearjerker; I cried at least five times during the movie. The impeccable and well-thought out plot was not the only piece that made the movie so enjoyable; half of the entertainment came from the alluring soundtrack. No movie would feel the same without the background music playing to its relevant scene. Hans Zimmer did a magnificent job on luring the audience into feeling like they were in the movie themselves. When the movie is trying to build up suspense the music plays a big part in doing that. It starts off with a soft and steady beat that leads up to a loud and low pitch. My favorite cue in the soundtrack is when the calm music comes to a sudden stop and is replaced with nothing but silence. The silence represents how no sound can be heard in outer space. That kind of style and detail put into the music is why many admire the soundtrack.
Although the storyline on its own is exhilaratingly and marvelously complex, Interstellar would not have been as compelling a movie if not for the beautiful deliverance from the cast members. Matthew McConaughey had decidedly become one of Hollywood’s top actors when he snatched an Oscar for his lead role in Dallas Buyers Club (2013). Some critics had even dubbed this era as the “McConnaissance.” With the eyes of the entertainment world on him, he without a doubt, stole the spotlight with his ability to convey such powerful—yet such delicate, emotional—scenes of heartbreak and separation, of love and betrayal. Being a real-life father must have been the magic behind his power to draw out tears from the viewers: Scenes with his onscreen, ten-year-old daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy) brought tears to my eyes more times than once—and not because I’m a cry baby (or maybe that’s half the reason); the connection is so raw and real—their emotions so hopeful, yet so helpless. These two left me stunned with their acting. They proved that the bond between a parent and child could never be broken no matter the distance—and they were galaxies apart. Literally.
Though the film is primarily McConaughey-centric, the support of Anne Hathaway (Brand) and Jessica Chasstain (Murph) helped to highlight the overall theme of Nolan’s newest blockbuster—a beautiful, emotional journey through the unknown; a fight between saving your family, or saving humanity. And, through this heart wrenching journey, is the fun-filled company of robots TARS and CASE (voiced by Bill Irwin and Josh Stewart) who much look like giant, electronic Kit Kats. Because of them, viewers were able to experience emotions other than the pain and sadness of separation and isolation. Robots who, for once, don’t turn evil and rebel against their human masters. Robots who, much to everyone’s satisfaction, added those heartwarming dashes of humor that was much needed amongst the sea of tears and tragedy. Without such a genuine cast, the movie would not have made such the impact that did. But, what is the cast, without the director?
From the man who had brought to us the brilliance of The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Prestige, viewers and critics alike expected no less of Interstellar. Christopher Nolan had produced—unsurprisingly—one epic piece of science fiction that is sure to snag some awards by next year. He seems to be the only director whose films can be up to three hours long, and I still wouldn’t feel sleepy at any given moment in the movie. Brought to life by the compositions of Hans Zimmer, who helped to underscore the beautiful intensity of the film; the behind-the-scenes staff who created those enchanting graphics; and the entirety of the cast who put on incredible performances—this movie is impossible to sleep through with its dramatic suspense. As per usual, Nolan has again struck the chord with the breathtaking masterpiece that is Interstellar, revolutionizing the world of science fiction.