Interstellar

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Christopher Nolan directs the eagerly anticipated outer space epic, Interstellar, which incidentally, was written by his brother Jonathan Nolan. It’s the far future and Earth is being plagued with famine and drought and the planet is dying when a worm hole is discovered near Saturn. A spaceship named Endurance is piloted by an ex-test pilot named Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) who has been sent to investigate the wormhole, which leads to habitable planets. Along with Cooper, the other explorers are scientist Brand (Anne Hathaway), along with crew members Doyle (Wes Bentley) and Romilly (David Gyasi), and robots Tars and Case. When the spaceship travels through the worm hole and lands on different planets, one hour of time for the crew on the Endurance equals seven years to people on Earth. As Cooper sends and receives transmissions from his daughter Murph (Jessica Chastain) who was ten years of age when he left, he watches her grow old before his eyes. While on one of the glacial planets in the worm hole they find an earthling named Dr. Mann (Matt Damon) who has been stranded there for decades. Even though this is a science fiction film with action, it’s a human-interest story. At times it’s emotional and sentimental which helps with the drama but slows down the story. The acting is fantastic all around and there may even be an academy award nomination for Matthew McConaughey. The script is fantastic and the music from Hans Zimmer was unique with some fresh ideas when it wasn’t too loud. In fact, at times, the music was so deafening you couldn’t understand what the characters were saying. At other times the dialogue was so muddled that even with no music it was unintelligible. (Yes – sometimes I was deaf and blind.) I just think Christopher Nolan was too ambitious and needed a lighter touch on some of the dramatic scenes, music and the running time. Did I mention this runs almost 3 hours leading to people listening to their watches? Okay you may have picked up that was me that had to listen to my talking watch) Now that I complained about the sound I will mention the visuals that was all in IMAX. —— And that is all I saw. Okay, I did hear everybody say it looked breathtaking and didn’t hear one negative comment about the visuals. I’m not really sure if this movie is a melodrama, disaster flick, or a sci-fi film, but it comes together perfectly in the end. This could have been a fantastic film but it had several flaws dropping it to a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA