Sunday 19 April 2015

Interstellar: Mini Review...

What's it about?
The earth is dying and it's up to test-pilot-turned-single-father/farmer Cooper to pilot one last mission through a black hole to search for a new home for mankind.
Who would I recognise in it?
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, and others.
Christopher Nolan is big on ideas and even bigger on presentation, and his science-packed sci-fi is no different. The most common criticism levelled at Nolan has often been the apparent 'coldness' of his films, the extent of which is debatable, but Interstellar undoubtedly ups the heart factor - prepare to have your heartstrings plucked a few times (and wail "Murph!" like it was karaoke). Indeed, its this wrestling between the scientific head and the lovesick heart that provides much of the films dramatic backbone - at times a rocky relationship, but one which pays off when all is said and done. Set in a semi-dystopian future, the world still looks beautiful - aside from the 1930s-alike dust storms, and the inevitable selfishness of mankind that seeks to sleepwalk everyone into oblivion...

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Utilising hardcore theoretical physics and lots of other clever stuff that will sail over most heads (hence some handy explanations at key junctures, like the worm hole summary straight out of Event Horizon), the film's drive to produce intelligent science fiction for the masses must be lauded. The music is typically impressive - Hans Zimmer's use of a vast church organ literally breathes life into the airless void of outer space - and the production design inspires (e.g. the clunkily functional ex-military TARS and CASE robots). There's plenty to think about during and after the film, which is definitely the sort that will benefit from multiple viewings. Just as keen on taking the time to examine the reveries of desperate souls as they watch mankind stumble into peril as it is on staging thrilling set pieces, Interstellar serves up a highly intelligent slice of sci-fi for the masses. Nolan's films have always sought to offer up something meaty to the audience and in many ways Interstellar offers the meatiest of all Nolan's films to chew on. On the cusp of Great.

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