Interstellar: A Stellar Movie

Toronto, ON, Canada / SayRadio

Before I get into it, I just want to let it be known that this movie’s nearly 3 hours long. This is the reason why I chose to watch it after it came out on Blu-ray. Sitting in a theatre for 3 hours isn’t for me. That being said, I really enjoyed this movie and I’ll tell you why.

First of all, I thought the acting was pretty good. Matthew McConaughey had a solid performance but I may be a bit bias since I genuinely like the guy. If someone isn’t a fan of him, I could understand not wanting to sit through nearly 3 hours of him but I think Interstellar is pretty close to a must-see movie. Interstellar was written and directed by Christopher Nolan, who happens to be one of my favourite directors. He has directed the Dark Knight trilogy and Inception. Hans Zimmer composed the soundtrack. This movie was already set up for success in my eyes.

Let’s get into the plot and what Interstellar is all about. The movie takes place in the near future where the Earth has been ravaged by drought and famine. Food is extremely scarce and it is only a matter of time before humanity becomes extinct. Everyone on Earth is losing hope until a rip in the space-time continuum is discovered. It’s essentially a wormhole that allows people to travel through space. Interdimensional travel, awesome. The decision is made to send astronauts through the wormhole in hopes of discovering a habitable planet with the chance of saving the human civilization and continuing life on this new planet. The only problem is that nobody knows for sure if this will work or how safe it is. Anyone who decides to travel through the wormhole has little to no chance of returning to the planet Earth but like it’s said in the movie, “we love people who have died…”

Matthew McConaughey’s character Cooper is selected as one of the astronauts and he will pilot the spacecraft “Endurance” into the wormhole. Cooper will be leaving his family behind for what will most likely be the rest of his and their lives. Cooper, being a man with good morals and intentions, decides to put the human race before his own life and embarks on the mission well aware of the risks and uncertainties. At this point, Cooper knows that he will never be seeing his family again.

The scientists have already scouted the universe for possible Earth-like planets that could potentially be liveable for the human race. Predictably, the journey does not go as planned. There are several complications that Cooper has to deal with and he does what he can to survive.

Along the way, there are several stunning scenes in space. Christopher Nolan once again did an amazing job. The special effects are spectacular and it almost makes me wish that I had seen Interstellar while it was in theatres so I could experience it in 3D.

I’ve written this review with almost no spoilers. I merely outlined the plot to give you a general idea of what Interstellar is all about. I highly recommend this movie. It’s unique, exciting, suspenseful and full of beautiful special effects. I give Interstellar a solid 9/10. It’s one of the best movies I’ve watched recently. The ending is mind-boggling.

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