If it’s a no-brainer popcorn flick you are after, then this is not the film for you. Much like Inception, Interstellar offers a truly thought-provoking and complex storyline which requires the audience’s undivided attention throughout. Created by Christopher Nolan, the genius behind the Dark Knight Franchise and Memento, the film focuses on a team of NASA astronauts on an intergalactic mission to find a habitable planet for humanity, who currently reside on a dying Earth. Led by farmer and ex-NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), the team set out to retrace the steps of three astronauts, who a decade earlier, were sent to planets believed to be fit for human habitation.
Based on the work of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, Interstellar explores a range of concepts which according to scientists, could potentially occur in real life. Although a science heavy plot, it is a film, much like Inception, built up of layers. Nolan lays out and explains its aspects in an easy to grasp manner, providing you concentrate.
Although many will call the film innovative and inimitable due to its scientific themes, Interstellar is predominantly about humanity’s relationships. In particular, a father and daughter relationship. Yes, as vast as the film is, the relationship between Cooper and his daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy/Jessica Chastain) is ultimately the heart of the film. Nolan brilliantly emphasises the love that these characters have and successfully uses this element to add power to those emotional scenes later on in the film.
Aside from its excellent script, the films ensemble cast deliver exceptional performances. Leading man, Matthew McConaughey is definitely Oscar worthy, as he oozes emotion and love, driving the film and helping the audience connect with his character. Anne Hathaway is also brilliant as fellow astronaut Amelia Brand, who joins McConaughey’s Cooper on the mission. Jessica Chastain and acting heavyweights, Michael Caine and John Lithgow also feature in the film, delivering great supporting performances. However, it’s 14 year old Mackenzie Foy’s portrayal of young Murph, which truly stays with the viewers. Her performance as Cooper’s daughter, played with such innocence and warmth that truly touches the hearts of the audience and helps them connect with the story. Foy is definitely a child actor to look out for during award season early next year, as well as in future film projects.
There is no doubting Nolan’s film-making ability. Interstellar’s cinematography, in particular its visuals, are one of the most remarkable aspects of the film. The elaborate set designs and scenery aid in making outer-space look more realistic and believable. If you thought 2013’s Gravity was the best film ever to depict the solar system, then prepare to be blown away. Interstellar makes Gravity look like something off the Nickelodeon channel. Another great aspect of the film is its music. Composed by Nolan’s long-time friend and collaborator, Hans Zimmer, the films score works flawlessly in emphasising key moments throughout the film and makes each scene more emotional, memorable and epic.
Nolan succeeds in creating yet another amazing film which is guaranteed to stay with you long after you leave the cinema. It really is the film of the year.