There is a line in Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight, Inception) space and human survival film that goes like this: “Maybe it means something more, something we can’t fully understand yet.” This is a perfect encapsulation of Interstellar. I’m not sure that I completely understood all that was going on and yet I felt an instantaneous connection to the film. Look beyond on the space and science jargon and open your heart to the innately human story that is going on. It is about family, love, survival, and sacrifice.
It is complex, dense and at times head scratching, but always satisfying. Christopher Nolan has thought of everything down the minutest detail to support the telling of the story. From the sets to the costumes to the special effects to the score. Everything has the goal of helping along the plot in the best way possible. The entire package draws you in and the film absorbs you with its expansion of the boundaries of human imagination. It is long (2:48) and requires endurance just like it does of its cast. Despite all of the science and space talk at its heart it is about a relationship between a father and daughter. Plenty of emotion involved and an exploration of the essence of what it means to be human.
Despite the fact that it earned five Academy Award nominations, Interstellar is not your typical Oscar film. It is much more intelligent and less concerned with entertaining (though it manages that) than it is with creating a film watching experience. Yes, there are incredible special effects and cinematography, but they are not there just to impress or fill a void due to lack of story. This is not a film for the masses and as a result not as many people saw it as should have. The blu-ray/DVD release is the chance to correct that.
Christopher Nolan seeks to explore a major theme in each of his films. This time he is examining what is possible and impossible. Space and time. Other worlds and galaxies. We are brought along on this journey by this master filmmaker and it is a trip you won’t soon forget and a film that deserves multiple watches in order to absorb all it is trying to communicate.
Cooper (Matthew McCnaughey – The Dallas Buyer’s Club, Wolf of Wall Street) is a former space pilot, who due to necessity has become a corn farmer. Because of the abuse that human beings have heaped upon the planet, Earth has become a dust bowl and corn is the only remaining sustainable crop. Corn is the only food left on the planet. As a result planes and the space program have been shut down in order that everyone focuses on growing corn.
Being a widow, Cooper is raising his two children, Tom (Timothée Chalamet – Men, Women & Children) and Murphy (McKenzie Foy – The Conjuring, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), with the help of his wife’s father, Donald (John Lithgow – Shrek, This is 40). In his daughter’s room he sees some signs of gravity and gleans a message from its manipulation of the dust. The message is coordinates that leads Cooper and Murphy to a secret space program led by Professor Brand (Michael Caine – Batman Begins, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and his daughter, Brand (Anne Hathaway – The Devil Wears Prada, Rachel Getting Married).
They tell Cooper about a program they are running that involves sending a team out into space through a wormhole to another solar system in the hope of finding a planet there that would sustain human life. They want to bring him on as the pilot. There is no guarantee this will work or that the team will ever return meaning that Cooper would never see his children again. He decides, along with Brand, Doyle (Wes Bentley – The Hunger Games, American Beauty) and Romilly (David Gyasi – Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises), to undertake the mission with the goal of saving humanity.
-Previews of Terminator: Genesys, The Gambler, Selma
-The Science of Interstellar
-Plotting an Interstellar Journey
-Life on Cooper’s Farm
-Tars and Case
-The Space Suits
-Shooting in Iceland: Miller’s Planet/Mann’s Planet
-The Ranger and the Lander
-Miniatures in Space
-The Simulation of Zero-6
-Across All Dimensions and Time