Film & TV

Review: Interstellar

Movie poster for the film Interstellar

Coming from the minds of one of the most prestigious directors and writers that the 21st Century has had the privilege to witness, Christopher Nolan continues to strike gold with his new film Interstellar.

Having grossed over $3.5 billion worldwide from his previous films as director (including The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception and Memento), Interstellar had quite a reputation to live up to. Starring Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar is a science-fiction adventure that follows a team of space travellers who journey through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet to escape the demise of planet Earth.

Much like other Nolan blockbusters; Interstellar provides the viewer with a special effects masterpiece, this time in the form of an intergalactic visual spectacle. After being consulted by Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist who was there to ensure the depictions of wormholes and relativity were as accurate as possible, the scenes of a wormhole may not be wholly accurate (as you cannot actually see a what it looks like anyway) but the cosmic scenes within the film are enough to wow the audience, that is, if the cast and storyline hasn’t done so already.

Matthew McConaughey as the character Cooper in scene

Nolan’s films are mainly rooted in philosophical and sociological concepts and ideals, exploring human morality, the construction of time and the malleable nature of memory and personal identity. Interstellar does this expertly through the experimentation of metafictive elements, solipsistic perspectives, non-linear storytelling and the relationship between visual language and narrative construction that permeate throughout the entire film.

With an excellent cast supporting McConaughey (Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon), the film really starts to hit home about morality when highlighting the relationship between Cooper and Murph (McConaughey and Chastain respectively).

Without giving too much away, Interstellar is a fantastic film to add to the Nolan Collection and a nice alternative to the constant remakes, reboots and adaptations currently plaguing our cinema screens. A highly recommended film, even for people who are not a fan of Sci-Fi, this is one of the best films of the year… just be prepared for a convoluted storyline that will really only make sense by the end of the film.