Reviewed: Intersteller

Reviewed: Intersteller… Worth it?

While there is no dearth of movie reviews, most reviews in popular publications tend to get a bit technical and snooty. Many reviewers become self-obsessed and end up filling up their reviews with suggestions on how things should have been done in the movie. And often their ratings and the review do not match.

Here’s an attempt to write reviews for Guys Like Us – “GLU”. The review highlights what’s good about the movie and what one should expect from the movie. And finally a recommendation that tells you if the movie offers enough bang for your bucks…

Interstellar essentially is a story of Murph, an inquisitive daughter of an ex-NASA pilot, who grows up to become a NASA scientist in her pursuit to retrieve her father back from unknown limitless space.

The movie is also a testimony to Director Christopher Nolan’s courage to pick a subject that is difficult to understand, leave alone explaining, and to present it in all its seriousness. Yes, this movie is not in 3D and definitely not Avatar kind of movie. It is much more serious, emotional and yet visually stunning movie.

Sure, he is not the first one to try his hand at this complex subject of time and space. And for critics he may still have fallen short on his admitted inspiration, 2001: Space Odyssey. But it is quite unfair to compare Interstellar with 2001: Space Odyssey where the author of the latter has left the interpretation of the entire movie to the audiences. Interstellar on the other hand is a conclusive adventure story.
What makes Interstellar gripping and a visual delight is the choices he has made for this movie. An impending apocalypse on earth; schools discouraging students pursuing science and encouraging them to become farmers (so that the earth has enough good); the mankind’s need to look for an alternate home, inconclusive knowledge of the outer space despite advancement in space research; multiple manned missions and finally a father-daughter relationship amidst all this makes Interstellar a kind of emotional adventurous rollercoaster ride.
While the a giant tidal wave on a distant planet and the frozen clouds on another planet ensure that you are glued to the screen (with mouth open), Nolan takes this opportunity to teach you a lesson or two on wormholes, singularity and gravitational pull and it is love that transcends all the boundaries. I am sure you would want to refer to Wikipedia for these terms. I suggest doing so before you go for the movie.
Nolan’s choice of actors to play key roles is also very interesting. While Matthew McConaughey is flawless as ex-NASA pilot turned farmer, Anne Hathaway does not show any sparks in her character as a fellow NASA scientist. Instead of portraying a scientist who is determined to save the planet, which Jessica Chasten (old Murph) exudes remarkably, Ms Hathaway mostly appears as a damsel in distress. Michael Cain is excellent as an aging scientist who has devoted his entire life in pursuit of a certain goal.
The show stealer is clearly Mackenzie Foy who plays young Murph. Inquisitive, sharp and methodical and yet vulnerable given her age, Ms Foy displays all emotions quite deftly. It is her character that builds up the movie and it’s her character that will have you glued to the screen till the very end.
If you are a diehard fan of Christopher Nolan, you would have already seen the movie by now. For those who are not familiar with Nolan’s earlier work (except Batman trilogy), this movie is a good start to know this man’s work whose imagination knows no bounds. Then go home and watch Memento, The Prestige and Inception till he comes up with another gem.