Interstellar (dir. Christopher Nolan, 2014) – A team of astronauts travels through a wormhole, seeking a new inhabitable planet.
Interstellar balances science and narrative in an affecting story on the human condition, atop entrancing cinematic visuals.
Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey has stood the test of time, its visuals as spectacular as they had been in 1968. The movie’s influence remains prevalent in modern cinema. Add Interstellar to the list, but do not mistake it as a copy. Christopher Nolan’s own space venture begins from a rather different place, somewhere a little less lonely and more intimate in familial terms.
In the future on a dying Earth, former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and scientist Brand (Anne Hathaway) set off towards a wormhole in search of a new inhabitable planet. But the uncertain mission to ensure the human race’s survival comes with a great cost: leaving their loved ones behind.
Nolan’s latest movie is ambitious, and as such, divisive. But whether you loved it for its intrigue or hated it for its intricacy, there is one thing we can agree on – the massive odyssey across universes is nothing short of stunning. From the immersive vastness of deep space to fascinating planets of frozen clouds, the future world of Interstellar is an absolute marvel to watch and begs to be seen on IMAX.
Space travel puts forth many scientific concepts that may be difficult to grasp, and translating these into accessible cinema is no doubt a huge challenge. But Jonah and Chris Nolan have crafted a layered narrative that satiates tastes for both good science fiction and drama.
Undaunted by its own complexity, the high-concept movie grips with grounded motifs, rivalling Nolan’s past works in exploring the human condition. Convoluted rules of physics make way for a human story with heart.
There are weak spots in the script, namely sentimentality in Brand’s exposition of love transcending space-time. Back stories of the remaining crew (David Gyasi, Wes Bentley) are lacking, while surprise casting choice. Even so, familial relationships were sincere through honest performances, especially that of Cooper and his daughter throughout the years.
Long-time collaborator Hans Zimmer is as always, a highlight. With grandiose equal to Nolan’s imposing imagery, his score is magnetising. The atmospheric composition makes the visceral experience whole with his recognisable brilliance.
Entrancing in hollow echoes, soft rousing strings in the quietude of deep space leave an indelible impression. The symphony resonates as it leads us along this beautiful and emotional journey of mankind, in optimistic hopes of a better future.