Look up Interstellar in the dictionary next year and you’ll see this; the moment when Christopher Nolan managed to make limitless lifeless space, science beyond comprehension and (I’m going to say it) the best actor in the world right now, into the best film of the decade.
OK, big statement. Breath.
Now we’ve got that straight, what a film. Trying to describe how I felt walking out of the pre-release press screening earlier this week is going to be nigh on impossible. Forming words post-film was a task itself, feeling only coherent perhaps a day or two after the curtains drew. Such things as the clarity of the script only really felt real on the Wednesday, in truth Ladies and Gentlemen, I have been in constant confusion and wonder, whenever I thought back to Monday night. In the same fashion this review arrives the weekend after release, to allow those who now know, an opportunity to clarify their thoughts, just as I did. I’m ready if you are, and there is but one place to start, Matthew McConaughey.
McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Mud, The Wolf Of Wolf Street) is appearing to be one of those rare actors who stands above Hollywood looking down upon and eventually selecting, artistically, anything he wants; no door is closed. I’d even wager a bet, the morning the script arrived on his desk somewhere around 40,000 ft above the Hollywood sign, the man himself sat back, smiled and thought maybe Oscar number 1 need not be so lonely. Brilliant throughout, McConaughey portrays Cooper, a former NASA test pilot, now farming corn somewhere, we can only guess amongst the southern states. Corn being one of the remaining food stuffs that can still grow on an arid land, laid almost untenable by solar flares from our sun. Cooper lives with his two children and his deceased wife’s father. It can’t be denied that you can feel yourself falling for the warmth and love between the family on screen. Young Murph is acted to such excellence and subtleness by Mackenzie Foy that one truly experiences the sadness-come-anger the small girl vents when Cooper accepts a mission to save humanity, after finding what remains of NASA. The mission is simple, and nicely portioned into two:
Plan A: Find a new planet to bring Earth’s remaining population to, via a mysterious appearing wormhole just south of Saturn, whilst relying on Professor Brand (Michael Caine) and eventually Older Murph, (Jessica Chastain) to solve an equation to build the spaceship large enough to bring them there.
Plan B: Use aforementioned wormhole to find a new planet to inhabit, but upon the highly likely failure of the equation staying incomplete, re-spawn humanity via genetically diverse fertilised eggs.
A few other key mentions in this epic include Anne Hathaway as young Dr. Amelia Brand, and a surprise appearance of Matt Damon (Dr. Mann) midway through the film. And of course, somewhere between the billions of lightyears and millions of planets, Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (Lion King, Inception, Man Of Steel) manages, as he always does, to convey everything. Haunting, lonely and deep. I could go on to talk about, the science of it all, how confusing the beginning is and how it all makes sense, gradually and in my opinion exactly when it should. However I’d say, go watch it, spend the money. Re-learn to formulate your sentences then tell 5 people, in hope that this exponential word-of-mouth can help us beat Avatar to the top of the highest grossing pile, a film I never truly liked. In all seriousness however, this is certainly my film of the decade, and in my eyes, of the century so far.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Sir Michael Caine, Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain
Running Time: 169 minutes
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