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Interstellar (2014)

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  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • With:Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
  • 169 Minutes

“For 3 hours I felt like I was in space alongside with McConaughey saving mankind from extinction because deep down we are all explorers and in the end the fact we were born here doesn’t necessarily mean that we were not meant to die in Earth for sure…”

One year of waiting… During this time my expectations regarding the latest film directed by Christopher Nolan increased to absurd levels and I must say I thought that Interstellar could have potential to become one of my favorite movies of all time. Well, sadly, this was all over when I read the first mixed reactions. I am a big fan of Mr. Nolan’s movies as you may have noticed already… From The Prestige to Inception, without forgetting the amazing Memento, Christopher Nolan has already gave me enough reasons to consider him as one of the most brilliant directors I have ever heard about. His movies, a bit unconventional I must say, are addictive and they attract my mind in several aspects. So as soon as I heard about Nolan working on “his own 2001 Space Odyssey” I knew it was going to be something big but, after reading so many mixed reactions I couldn’t imagine anything like what I’ve seen.

“With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.” (by: Paramount Pictures)

Cooper (Mathew McConaughey) is a former pilot who decided to become a farmer after the crisis that followed the first plagues. He’s the father of two kids, Murph and Tom, and he loves them unconditionally, specially his youngest daughter who is a tremendous bright kid that loves science. Their family home was ruled by science and for Cooper there were no limits for Mankind… He sees everyone as explorers who have simply forgot their roots when nature to endure the troubled situation. When the gravitational anomaly that leads him and his daughter to the most secret place in the world occurs, Cooper is confronted with the horrifying truth that our planet as we know it was walking towards an end. Invited by professor Brand (Michael Caine) to lead the team of explores in which Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway) is included, Cooper has to make the terrible decision of leaving his kids in order to save mankind from extinction or to stay in Earth while waiting for the inevitable ending. As an explorer and an engineer, Cooper’s instincts forced him to pick the expedition even knowing the risks of doing so. So Cooper accepts the call and suddenly that bright relationship between a father and a daughter transforms into a mix of sadness, anger and solitude. Interstellar is filled with touching moments like this one in which both Cooper and Amelia need to decide between love and salvation.

For a sci-fi film, Interstellar focuses a lot of attention in familiar aspects that allowed it to be more human and realistic. The characters suffering during the movie is almost agonizing and thanks to the relativity the feeling of loss increases when they witness everyone back in Earth aging while they were only at mission for a couple of hours. Cooper’s decision is a clear sign of bravery but at the same time of selfishness.  However I prefer to look at the picture of a more heroic Matthew McConaughey because I think that is Nolan’s intention.  Both McConaughey and Anne Hathaway were amazing with their performances and the complexity of the situation was, in my opinion, dealt in a great manner. While McConaughey had his kids, Amelia had his father… And this ended up giving the humanity factor that failed in the previous missions.

But what about the people that stayed in Earth? Well… While Cooper and Amelia were occupied trying to find a new home for mankind, Earth was falling apart… Several years passed in Earth and mankind was almost about to face extinction for not being able to breathe. Poor Murph (Jessica Chastain) was still devastated with the fact that her own father has decided to abandon everyone to save the planet so she decided to help professor Brand solving the problem that could save us all from death. She turns into a woman consumed by loss who is still confused without knowing why Cooper left them. But while the characters work in so many different levels because they make a great balance between physics and feelings, the story isn’t simply that remarkable and some minor flaws like the fact of being predictable ends up causing some disappointment. For what I expected, Interstellar satisfied me in almost every aspects but I was sad for not witnessing another amazing story told by Nolan. However it’s still an amazing movie and, in my opinion, the great things about it are what remain from the whole experience.

Without any doubt and clearly one of the movie’s strongest aspects is its visual brilliancy, with top quality visual effects that almost made me forget that I was in a theater and not inside of a spaceship. In this aspect it’s almost impossible to be synthetic because everything deserves to be mentioned. From the amazing black hole (often mentioned as the most scientifically accurate visualization of a black hole) to the worm hole effects or to the amazing spaceship sequences filled with so many details of the technical operations of Cooper’s mission. Nolan tried his best to not give a 3-hour long Physics class and fortunately I think he was able to find a balance in this aspect, allowing people with less knowledge in Physics to understand a bit of the movie’s beauty. The earth-shattering sound accompanied by the best IMAX resolution made the whole experience even more awesome. While Cooper and the rest of his team were inside the spaceship I felt like was inside of it thanks to the vibrations and the powerful sound. The black hole sequences alongside with the wormhole ones are truly amazing and all the praise that was given to them is well deserved and thanks to Nolan’s way of telling stories we are still introduced to some of the theoretical aspects behind them. Each minute of Interstellar has an approximate cost of $1.000.000 and for what I’ve seen the money was well spent. There were scenes in which an IMAX camera was installed in the nose cone of Learjet and as far as I’m concerned, mostly for those who love this format as much as I do, Interstellar demands to be seen in an IMAX theater for featuring the most ever footage shot using 15/70mm IMAX cameras for a feature film.

Now imagine all this amazing things accompanied by another dazzling soundtrack by the great Hans Zimmer who by request of Christopher Nolan left a bit his comfort zone and has composed a more calm and ambitious set of music. In the end, when all the pieces were introduced and the credits began to roll, I felt a gigantic enthusiasm and I couldn’t stop smiling. The whole experience of Interstellar is breathtaking and even though the story is a bit far from Nolan’s previous works, it’s still a work of art. I enjoyed it a lot, from the beginning to the end and I will watch it for sure with my friends. It’s true that Christopher Nolan didn’t show the amazing story I was expecting but the movie as a whole was really close from reaching that level. Intense, breathtaking, visually brilliant and with great performances by several Academy Awards winning actors and actress, Interstellar is probably one of this year’s best movies and in my opinion, for those of you are wondering if it’s worth to spend the money after the mixed critics reactions, you must trust me when I say that Interstellar is a movie one could easily find amazing but at the same time can cause some confusion or some disappointment to those who are too strict or who simply don’t like this kind of movies. In the end, it was worth to be one year waiting for all this.

See it in: IMAX | Dolby ATMOS | 3D Theaters | 2D Theaters | Rental

★★★★½

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