A group of explorers discover a wormhole through space and travel
through it in order to find a planet with a sustainable atmosphere.
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, Matt Damon,
Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn, Bill Irwin, Josh Stewart
Oscar Wins - Best Visual Effects
Oscar Nominations - Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer)
Christopher Nolan has proved time and time again that he knows how to craft a story that is both humanizing and otherworldly. Interstellar exceeds the standard expectations for a Nolan film (which is already fairly high) and gives audiences a realistic depiction of how humanity would fare in the future in the event of a potential mass extinction.
Matthew McConaughey has evolved into a fine actor and he delivers yet another fantastic performance as Cooper, the farmer turned astronaut who's thrown into the role of humanity's savior. While at first, he displays typical McConaughey-isms that are reminiscent of his Failure to Launch days, as the story progresses, we begin to identify with Cooper and he becomes a hero who must make a terrible choice. Anne Hathaway is great as Amelia Brant, the scientist of the mission who also evolves into a heroic character that we at times, cannot sympathize with because of her selfish choices. Remarkably, the standouts in this film are Bill Irwin and Josh Stewart, who provided the voicework for the robots TARS and CASE, who were some of the most human robots I've ever seen.
Interstellar shines with its visuals, which are remarkably astounding and will definitely turn some heads. Every moment of outer space changed the game for sci-fi films, establishing a higher standard that surpassed even Gravity as the most awe-inspiring depiction of outer space ever filmed. Christopher Nolan will find it difficult to top himself with this heart-wrenching and moving masterwork.
Christopher Nolan has done it again. He made another film that felt like a summer blockbuster that, at the same time, commands your full attention and makes you think. Nolan provides an interesting look into the future of humanity as a mass extinction threatens the end of all mankind. He also provides a very interesting, and fresh, take on the sic-fi genre.
Matthew McConaughey gives another excellent performance as Cooper, a farmer who accepts the mission to save humanity so that his kids have a better chance at life. McConaughey has come a long way since he first started acting, really showing his evolution as an actor and proving to be one of the best. He tones down a lot of his signature trademarks in the film to create a sympathetic, and almost heroic, character. Anne Hathaway is also excellent as Amelia Brant, a scientist who joins the mission. While she starts out a little selfish in the beginning, she evolves into a heroic character that you root for. Josh Stewart and Bill Irwin gave excellent performances as robots that assisted the scientist on their mission in space. The rest of the cast is also excellent, making the film that much more enjoyable. Also, lookout for a surprise celebrity cameo that I didn't even see coming.
The area that Interstellar shines the most, though, is the visuals. The film looks absolutely remarkable. Space has never looked this good since Gravity. I also recommend that you see this in a theater on actual film, it looks that much more amazing. I also really appreciated the sound design, with moments taking place in space happening in complete silence. Nolan once again proves himself to be an excellent filmmaker, giving us a solid sic-fi film that dares to ask you some difficult questions.