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Film Review: Interstellar

Posted on November 17, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews
By USM Free Press

Krysteana Scribner | The Free Press

By Sergey Miller

Interstellar, the newest movie directed by the famous Christopher Nolan, is a solid film which bends dimensions in space time and makes one ponder about even the smallest of physical phenomena in our daily life. The all-star cast of this film includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon and Michael Cain. This film does not fall short of an experienced and star studded cast, yet this is not the movie’s best feature. The movie’s strongest points are in its visual imagery and music, which takes the viewer on a journey to foreign worlds. The whole viewing of the film is a journey of color, intensifying music and the ability of cinematography to create a surreal movie going experience.

The movie begins with McConaughey’s character, named Cooper, who is leading an ordinary farming existence in an otherwise unordinary worldly environment. Droughts, dust storms and famine plague the Earth. The death of Earth is imminent, and the need for interstellar travel has never been higher. However, organizations like NASA have been pushed to underground status and are no longer available to travel into space.

Luckily Cooper is a trained pilot, astronaut and explorer, all qualities that have been inherited by his lovable daughter Murph. Once the movie takes off into space, the rather sublime viewing experience takes off into a world of fantastic representation of wormholes, black holes, watery planets and icy planets. Alongside the excellent visual effects are also a strong plot and a moving performance of the entire cast.

Cooper’s daughter (Murph) is a precocious child who seems to overshadow her older brother in both intelligence and a sense of spirituality. The plot moves forward quickly when Cooper is called in to his daughter’s principal’s office to address the serious charge that she has dared to argue to her fellow classmates that the moon landing was an actual event in the history of the world.

While remaining home, his daughter discovers a ‘ghostly’ presence in her room that has given her a message via lines of dust that has formed on the floor through her window. Since Murph is a child who understands binary code she decodes the short and long dust lines for a geographical location.

Together Cooper and Murph travel to the mysterious location that leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat with curiosity. Gravity is a recurring theme throughout the whole film as is the notion of relative time. These two concepts penetrate the whole course of the movie and also these two concepts travel across space and allows for Cooper to be given a very special mission from an old professor Michael Cain. Save the human race, take a team with you, including the daughter of the professor (Anne Hathaway playing the character of Brand,) and either find a way home or start a new colony. The four astronauts are to find another (hospitable) planet in a different galaxy by way of a worm hole. Along the quest, questions of ethical, human, and emotional complexities run through all the characters.  The quest of the four brave astronauts assigned to this last NASA mission and a robot named Tars is a helpful companion along the way.

The plot of this film focuses on saving the human race. This can be accomplished in two ways: by either finding a new home on a distant planet or starting a new colony while leaving the people on Earth behind. The journey is a long one, the characters find their deepest feelings tested constantly. The characters explore other worlds, the meaning of human life, what it means to survive, and the quest for hope throughout the film.

There are enough plot twists to drive one’s mind into many conceptual knots and the deeper meaning of the film comes out shining through at the end.The four astronauts are to find another planet in a different galaxy by way of a worm hole. Along the quest, questions of ethical, human and emotional complexities run through all the characters,  the quest of the four brave astronauts assigned to this last NASA mission.

This movie is sublime in many complex ways which include visual imagery and imaginative exploration of interstellar proportions.

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