Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Do people still dream about going into space?
Interstellar has brought multiple questions and thoughts about our society into my mind. Christopher Nolan has to be my favorite director (The Prestige, Inception, the Batman trilogy) and again, he doesn’t disappoint.
It is some near enough future of mankind. The Earth has been exhausted of most resources and people are running out of food supply. “We need more farmers,” a principal tells Cooper (McConaughey). “Universities are only accepting a handful of students.” Imagine a world where engineers, thinkers, problem solvers, accountants, businessmen, military, and more are useless. Professor Brand (Caine) tells Cooper there was a generation where almost every day humans were coming up with new technology, new toys to play with, and it felt like Christmas all the time. Ring any bells? Interstellar’s future is left with almost no food to feed the planet and dust storms that keep destroying promising crops.
Cooper has to make a difficult decision whether to leave his children to save them, or stay and try to keep them alive from Earth. Cooper used to be a pilot for NASA, and then he was needed for another cause; to be a farmer to help feed the planet. He was born to be an explorer and the thought of going out into space excites him, even if it means he will have to leave his children and not know how many years will go by until he sees them again.
The mission is to fly into a wormhole. The crew must check out the remaining planets in an undiscovered galaxy for which one may be habitable to humans. Meanwhile, they have to keep in mind the amount of resources are left for them to return to Earth. Through the wormhole into a new universe, time runs slower than the one they were used to on Earth. On one planet, one hour meant they lost seven years on Earth. If they can return home, their friends and family will almost be unrecognizable in age, if lucky to discover they’re still alive.
There are numerous tense moments in Interstellar to make you hold your breath. First, the film takes place in space so seeing the vast emptiness and blackness gives a claustrophobic impression. Combined with the score created by Hans Zimmer the music presses in on you and gets the adrenaline pumping and soon-you-can’t-breathe-and-oh-my-god-what’s-going-to-happen-next?
I didn’t think it was as complicated as Inception. There are subtle messages sprinkled throughout that make you think about what is going on with today’s world. If you’ve enjoyed any of Nolan’s other movies, you’ll most likely come out of Interstellar highly impressed. I went into the theater excited and left with my expectations met.
*Okay, so I saw some articles talking about how Interstellar was a big disappointment. 1) That Hans Zimmer’s musical composition overshadows the conversations going on (I didn’t have a problem with that) or that 2) Nolan can’t write decent female characters. I have to disagree. While Hathaway’ character was willing to risk the mission to go to a failed planet to see the man she loved (who went to that planet on a mission), wasn’t McConaughey’s character essentially doing the same? He rationalized his actions so that he could have the opportunity to get back to Earth to see his grown up children. I don’t think it made Hathaway’s character a bad example of a woman. It was unjustified to write her character off like that.