INTERSTELLAR Movie Review
Getting this out of the way now, I don’t want to give away any details of Interstellar, so this is a spoiler free review. I won’t be giving away any plot details so read on without any fear. Interstellar, how long have we waited to see Christopher Nolan’s latest directorial event? It feels, to me anyway, that Interstellar creeped up on us. We heard nothing about it, whispers, rumours and shenanigans and then boom that second trailer hit and for the first time since Man Of Steel something tugged at the child in me. This time, however, it wasn’t because my hero had returned to the big screen but instead it was because maybe for the first time in a long time I felt like a child watching something magnificent unfold in front of my eyes. The only question left now is this, does it live up to the lofty expectations set by its trailers or will it fall flat on its face like so many other before it?
Interstellar is an event. I felt emotionally exhausted when I left the cinema. When you sit down in your local IMAX to experience this movie, be prepared for something incredibly emotional, akin to what I believe people felt when they first saw 2001: A Space Odyssey in cinemas way back in the day. Also I ‘d just like to say this something I’ve never said before: see this in IMAX. If you don’t, you will regret it. Interstellar was overwhelming on the sense’s in a big bad way. It felt incredible and really, the only way to experience Interstellar is going to be in IMAX. Not only that but the score, the score is absolutely beautiful and I guarantee that it will bring you to tears when it is accompanied by the gorgeous cinematography. Even before leaving Earth, there were some stunning scenes set in the slowly dying planet. There is a loneliness and eeriness set against the beauty of the cornfields that are on show in the early scenes of Interstellar. Then you get off planet and without giving anything away I will say this, I was awe struck, dumbfounded and felt like a child again.
Now all this spectacle is great, but you know what else has spectacle? Transformers, and you know where that movie series is in most people’s minds. Well you’ll be happy to know that the story is equally as phenomenal as the spectacle, for the most part. With a cast that is lead by Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, there is a lot of substance in this galactic sandbox and for the most part everyone is giving their A game. This is where Interstellar starts to falter though, some of the cast give less than stellar performances, another problem was that some of the supporting cast also seem to give nothing but exposition speeches making this the most Nolan Nolan movie in a long time. Matt Damon in particular is one of the weakest elements of Interstellar, giving one of the poorest performance he’s given in a long time. Not only that but the length may get to casual movie goers, clocking in at about two hours and forty minutes make sure you head to the toilet beforehand. My final gripe is really a warning, if you are not invested in Interstellar you may be completely lost in the final act but if you fully buy into this modern age space opera you will have the time of your life.
In the end I have these three simple points
Get to your local IMAX, Interstellar needs to be experienced in glorious IMAX, and it’s not in 3D thank God. Make sure you’ve been to the toilet because it’s going to be one hell of a long and trippy journey. Try to see as little about this movie as possible. The less you know going in the better. Interstellar is as close to perfection as a movie has gotten this year and I will definitely going back for a second trip.