Stellar Cinematography Inter Personal Drama
Huff. What to say about this movie? Strangely, I’ve been thinking about this film for a few days now and I can’t think of much to say about it.
I blame Christopher Nolan. Really it’s all his fault because Interstellar is like the new BMW 3 series. Not that I have enough money to buy one or even test drive one or generally be anywhere near a brand new one without car salesmen throwing rocks at me but the analogy stands true. When the new BMW 3 series comes out it’s going to be very good, just like the last one and the one before as there is a certain quality to the cars that is carried across each iteration.
Christopher Nolan has obviously directed Memento and Inception and the latest Batman films and The Prestige so is Interstellar good? Of course it fucking is. There is nothing truly outstanding about the film, except perhaps the cinematography which was remarkable and perhaps superior to anything else you have seen this year but whilst nothing is mind blowing everything else is just really really good!
The worst thing I can say about this film is that it tries to be part drama part sci-fi and does a very good job of both, not amazing, just very good. The drama part is mainly focused around Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his daughter Murphy (Mackenzie Foy as a young Murphy and Jessica Chastain as an adult) and whilst some of these scenes are powerful enough to make even a grown man cry, obviously I didn’t well up…… err… but I soon found myself forgetting these moments as we dipped into the sci fi setting.
Not being a scientist I can’t say for sure but this certainly feels like it is more science fact than science fiction. Perhaps that’s not true but it feels, for the most part, believable. This may turn off some sci-fi fans as it lacks any strong fantasy elements but the planets they visit are visually appealing to keep your attention.
One of the planets the Cooper and the crew visit is an planet where the clouds are ice. It’s here we meet Matt Damon who for me absolutely steals the film. It’s also here that the film get’s one of it’s many minor plot twists and for me this was the most intense and entertaining parts of the film.
Whilst there was no big reveal or cliffhanger like you find in some of Nolan’s other films there are enough twists and turns to make this 3 hour film feel more like a 2 hour film which is a marvelous achievement in itself.
Whilst this film might not be the best at any one thing it is so good at everything that it deserved of the hype that surrounds it. Go see it, if you don’t like it then you can shut your wormhole!
One question though, where does Nolan go from here? I don’t know but I can’t wait to find out.
- Its good. Really good
- Matt Damon is terrific
- Groovy robots
- Overly weepy in places
- Not a strong drama
- Not a strong sci-fi piece