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Interstellar - Film Review

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by Ricardohead (subscribe)
Budding screenwriter, electro/indie music lover, TV watcher, cinema frequenter, living in Sydney, graduated from RMIT, raised in Brisbane born in El Salvador.
Published November 10th 2014
The first film in 5D
I know, I know religious experience is stretching it but bear with me. I mean it in the sense that if you have faith in the film and allow yourself to be taken by the conceit and splendour then you will have an incredible time. Or you can scrutinise the logic holes in it and reduce your viewing experience to a futile frustrating venture - you will have a million questions afterwards so why not do that after the film?

Interstellar film review
Interstellar film poster

If you're unfamiliar with the plot, basically it's a dystopian future where the earth is plagued by a blight killing off the food on earth and space exploration is a thing of the past. A former pilot - turned farmer - Cooper (Matthew 'Alright, alright, alright' McConaughey) stumbles upon a private company's desperate attempt to find and colonise a new planet, thus saving the human race. And Cooper is the only one that can fly their ship.

This is an almost three hour ride through space travel, wormholes, time relativity, other worlds, black holes, robots and fifth dimensions. All the science stems from the work of theoretical physicists Kip Thorne who initially wrote the treatment and then Jonathan and Christopher Nolan re-wrote and directed film. Initially Steven Spielberg was attached to direct but he was too busy - classic Spielberg.

It's truly an unforgettable experience, with Hans Zimmer soaring score and fantastic special effects. What let it down for me is that the start had a lot of exposition - a lot. And I found the ending too convenient but then what do I know about theoretical physics? I'm just an entomologist (no really, I am).

The second act of the film is most interesting with the space exploration. The film's emotional thread grounds it with Cooper's relationship with his daughter on earth. I can't say too much without spoiling it.

Please go see this with someone else and I urge you to just go along with it. You can fight about it after the film is finished.
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