Christopher Nolan’s lastest emotional rollercoaster is out of this world

EMOTIONAL. This is undoubtedly the word that will be most used to describe Christopher Nolan’s latest cinematic epic Interstellar. Many of my more esteemed colleagues have mentioned this in their reviews, claiming that this is an unusual move for Nolan. However, I feel this is unfair, as many of his films have hinged on the emotions of their characters.

Set at an undisclosed point in the future, Earth is dying and – in an attempt to save it – humanity has placed a strong focus on the growing of crops. However, with each type of crop slowly disappearing, the remnants of NASA has decided to explore a recently opened wormhole in the hopes of saving humanity. Matthew McConaughey leads this expedition as Cooper, alongside Brand (Anne Hathaway), Doyle (Wes Bentley) and Romilly (David Gyasi).

interstellar-featWhile my above description portrays the film as a massive space opera (and it is), where the true heart of the film lies is in the relationship between Cooper and his daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy). The two deliver spectacular performances, and make you feel the pain of a father being separated from his children.

McConaughey continues his incredible comeback, giving what can only be described as a wonderfully moving performance as Cooper. It is strange to think that this is the same actor who, only a few years ago, was considered a laughing stock by critics such as myself. Never let it be said I am not prepared to eat my own words.

One scene in particular, in which Cooper is sent a number of videos from his children on Earth, ranks as one of the most powerful scenes in cinema this year, and one of the finest of McConaughey’s career.

Like every Nolan film, the cinematography is utterly breath-taking, allowing us to believe in these vast alien worlds. Despite the loss of Nolan’s former cinematographer, Wally Pfister, Hoyte Van Hoytema has taken up this enormous challenge, and delivered a beautiful cinematic experience.

Nolan has developed a movie that is simply a marvel to behold, with a spectacular cast and beautiful visuals. As for the script of the film… this is ultimately where critics seem to be divided. Given the secretive nature of this movie, I shall not say exactly what happens, but the third act of this film has been polarising to say the least. While I cannot account for personal taste, and your experience may differ to mine, I personally enjoyed the final act. This is primarily because it kept the film’s heart rooted where it always has been – the relationship between Murph and Cooper.

I cannot guarantee that you will love Interstellar; it is a movie that will sit with you and will leave you with strong opinions, one way or the other. However, as this is a review, and I am required to give my own opinion; I feel that this movie is a success. While the run time approaches three hours, the movie never dragged. Nolan and his team have crafted a spectacular tale of a man, trying to save humanity, who wants desperately to return to his children. To say any more would potentially ruin some of the movie’s surprise, so in summation… go see it now!