Quick Review - Interstellar

Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.

Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction adventure film directed by Christopher Nolan, written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, produced by Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Syncopy, and Lynda Obst Productions, and distributed by Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. The film was nominated for and won Best Visual Effects. It was also nominated for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.


"I love you forever and I'm coming back." - Joseph Cooper

Plot


As Earth becomes less and less habitable for humans, NASA recruits ex-astronaut Joseph A. Cooper to lead a mission out into space to find the next home for humanity. Coop chooses to leave his family behind, including his 10-year-old daughter, doing so for the good of the planet, not knowing when he will be back. As the mission becomes more and more desperate, Coop keeps going with the assurance that he will see his daughter again.


My Favorite Part of Interstellar


There are so many good things about Interstellar that's it's hard to talk about just one. But I think that my favorite part is probably the family aspect of the film. Interstellar is a breath-taking movie with beautiful visuals and some awesome, Nolan-esc sequences, but the core of the movie is rooted in a devastating familial relationship that is incredibly sad but incredibly hopeful at the same time. Cooper's relationship with his daughter will rock you to your core. It's so heartfelt and so emotional, and it makes you feel a connection with Interstellar that you would rarely feel in an epic space story like this.


My Least Favorite Part of Interstellar


While great, I can't see myself rewatching this film anytime soon. It's such a mind-blowing first viewing experience (as most of Nolan's films tend to be), but it's three hours long. It's such a heavy and emotional film that takes a lot out of you. So those two things combined make me not really want to rewatch this film. It requires a lot of its audience. It gives you a great film, but definitely not one that I will revisit very often.


Why Interstellar Works Overall


In a world with Star Wars and Star Trek, Interstellar manages to stand out among space stories with this intensely emotional and creative story. It keeps you invested throughout the entire story with these insanely inventive and cool sequences. Christopher Nolan is my second favorite director of all time, and he just continues to deliver on every movie I watch. It's emotional, its theme of love is poignant and strong, and its epic story is just fabulous.


Final Score


Interstellar is a film that will require a lot of patience and brainpower from the viewer...but if you can muster that, you are in for a wild, wild movie.


I have to go Sweet here. Age range is 10+.


SWEET N' SOUR SCALE

Sweet (Great) Savory (Good) Sour (Bad)

Moldy (Terrible)


"Interstellar"


Fun Factor: 8/10 Acting: 9/10

Story: 9/10

Characters: 8/10

Quality: 8.5/10


WHERE TO WATCH

Hulu: Available with subscription

Amazon Prime Video: Available for rent

Apple TV+: Available for rent


Directed by Christopher Nolan


Rated PG-13 for moderate violence, frightening themes and images, minor language, thematic elements


Released on November 5, 2014


2 hours and 49 minutes


Matthew McConaughey as Joseph Cooper

Anne Hathaway as Amelia Brand

Jessica Chastain as Murphy Cooper

Mackenzie Foy as Young Murphy

Michael Caine as John Brand

David Gyasi as Romilly

Wes Bentley as Doyle

Casey Affleck as Tom Cooper

Timothee Chalamet as Young Tom

John Lithgow as Donald

Matt Damon as Dr. Mann

Bill Irwin as TARS

Josh Stewart as CASE Topher Grace as Getty

Leah Cairns as Lois