Friday, November 7, 2014
Moving onto the actual movie now, as I was watching this movie I had the thought in my head that this is a movie that Christopher Nolan has always wanted to make since he was young, but never had the means to do so. But now that his popularity is at an all time high after The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, he finally has the opportunity to live out his dream. This is of course all theoretical as I've not read anything of the sorts from Nolan. But I mean, come on, who doesn't love space as a child? Who wouldn't want to make an epic movie about space? That's what this is. A space movie. As we know from the trailers, Earth is in ruins and the remaining inhabitants need to find a new place to call home or else the human race will get wiped out. So Matthew McConaughey and company go on this epic journey to another galaxy to find an acceptable planet to call home. And you know that all kinds of crazy things will happen with the theory of relativity, wormholes, black holes, and all that jazz that make interstellar travel possible. Because, you know, it totally is, right?
There are three major things with this movie that deserve a ton of praise that I feel it's perfectly fine to praise without giving anything away. The first is the acting. Matthew McConaughey has been an actor that has received a lot of negative criticism in the past. However, if you haven't been paying attention in the last few years, the man has turned into quite the excellent actor. His best actor win last year for Dallas Buyer's Club was no fluke. And if you missed that movie or if you also missed Mud from last year, you're going to be pleasantly surprised by how amazing he is in this. Same story for Anne Hathaway. Not always been a respected actress, but after The Dark Knight Rises and Les Mis, her stalk has shot through the roof and once again she pulls off an excellent performance. But that's not it for acting. Michael Caine gives his usual Christopher Nolan appearance and, like always, he does a great job. Matthew McConaughey's two kids in the beginning as well as the kids' grandpa are great as well. There's even more worth praising, but I'm not even going to mention them. Overall, this movie was just cast to perfection.
Alas I have spent a lot of time with this review, which might make you confused because I did say that I wasn't going to spend as much time as I wanted to. And I haven't gone back that. There's a lot more I want to say, but I'm just not going to say it here. As you can see, there is a lot that is done right in this movie like acting, visuals and sound/music. But you'll notice I haven't even talked much about the story at all outside giving you a brief summary, which you already knew from the trailer, and that weighed heavily on what I thought about this movie. In fact, based on everything that you've read so far, you may guess that I will award this movie a 9 or a 9.5 and call it one of my favorite of the year. But I'm not going to. My grade for Interstellar is actually an 8/10. That means I enjoyed the movie. It's good. But it's not great. Why is it good not great? You'll just have to wait and see. Part two of this review will be coming soon. But see the movie first before you read that, because major spoilers will be given.