Interstellar is a 2014 science-fiction film co-written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon, and Michael Caine. Set in a dystopian future where humanity is struggling to survive, the film follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for mankind.
Familial love. Is there anything more important than that? How about the survival of the human race? What would you do to save the world? In his latest original scifi film, Christopher Nolan takes the notion of the protagonist fighting to see his children again (last seen in Inception) to almost ridiculous levels.
Structurally, the story is rather simple. Cooper (McConaughey) is given the opportunity (in rather fortuitous manner) to save the human race from extinction but to do that, he has to risk never seeing his children ever again. Thus, throughout his mission, his main priority is returning to the Earth and his children.
Along the way, he faces numerous challenges – the biggest of which is the theory of relativity – as he races against time (and conflicting agendas) to complete his mission before everyone on Earth dies. All well and good, and the manner in which Nolan pushes the story forward is well executed, with spell-binding visuals to match.
However, rather like Inception, there is a nagging suspicion that something is wrong. Almost as if, should one take a closer look at the story, it would all fall apart. The complexity that the Nolan brothers add on to bring the narrative to a climax ultimately does not make much sense with Cooper’s explanation that the love that he feels for his daughter will save the day, ringing hollow.
There is much to admire about Interstellar, as Nolan tries (in vain?) to strike a balance between Stanley Kubrik and Steven Spielberg in his approach to a human drama set in a speculative scifi environment. More positives than negative overall, Interstellar is essential watching for its ambition and verve, and that’s good enough.
Watch Interstellar on Amazon.
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