Emotional space journey from Christopher Nolan is a true masterpiece.


Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway

Budget: 165 million | Box office: 45 million (1 week)

IMDB: 9.1 (#11) | Metacritic: 73

Interstellar, Christopher Nolan

There are no words to describe the feelings and emotions after three hours of epic journey in space and beyond. Interstellar is everything I dared to hope from the next Chris Nolan’s film, and more. Four years of waiting for the new work since Inception (The Dark Knight Rises was great of course, but it was expected) now seems a small price to pay for such a gift I might say, not only for sci-fi lovers but for everyone believing in original grand ideas and possibilities of humanity’s drive to reach new horizons.

The film premieres in perfect time as the interest about space exploration and believe in new possibilities seems on the rise. Renewal of classic documentary Cosmos, exciting Mars human mission projects, the close prospect of first touristic space flights (hopefully the recent tragedy won’t stop the effort), landing on the comet surface and many more smaller, but no less important steps in the long journey to reach the stars inspire more and more people.

I was a bit afraid that this time Nolan revealed too much about his idea in trailers, but thankfully there’s so much more to it. And I’m not talking about his “business card” twists and totally unexpected turn of events. Here Nolan stays true to himself, but the essence of Interstellar is not what happens in the film, it’s how it happens and how it affects the travelers, those who stayed behind and in consequence the viewers. It’s so powerful emotionally that I almost stopped breathing during several scenes. I think that’s the main reason behind such high viewer ratings (some critics as always tend to be too mean for such films). Interstellar is really worth to reach the top places in all time charts. What’s more, I think every great director who can get the needed resources for such grand productions must make a space exploration movie. Interstellar continues the legacy of 2001: A Space Odyssey and I really hope will inspire more creators and give confidence to studios to finance them.

Talking about a plot in any of Nolan’s films would be a disaster, so I want to focus a bit more on production side. Interstellar hopefully can make an impact in other area too – film cameras. Nolan is one of several big directors who are actively supporting traditional film versus digital and Interstellar looks beautiful, natural and very, very real (check the name Hoyte Van Hoytema – brilliant cinematography works!). You don’t necessary need 4K, HFR or 3D to create an epic sci-fi film and I hope equipment makers will take this into consideration.

And the soundtrack… No words again. I don’t understand how Hans Zimmer can achieve this for every Nolan’s film. It’s very different from Inception but equally powerful and inspiring. Perfect music for that trip to outer space. Some day, hopefully.

Kip Thorne, Interstellar
The man behind the idea
Interstellar was inspired by the works and ideas of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. The renowned scientist was not only the consultant for the film, but also one of executive producers. His works in the fields of gravitational physics and astrophysics are numerous and had great impact for all generation of scientists. Probably best way to get some understanding about the ideas in Interstellar is to read his popular science book Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy (not a full title, as it would probably disclose too much about the film).

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