Interstellar runs on a simple premise: the world is at danger, and these astronauts must go on an expedition to find possible life form for humanity to live in. The film was heavily reliant on Cooper, who connects the space story line with the events on earth. He was a pilot-turned-farmer during the famine years, and when recruited, manages to tarnish his relationship with his family, was viewed as a selfish being only thinking about his self and was surrounded with characters that were written off as sacrificial lambs as the film progressed. If it wasn't for McConaughey's ability to shift from one persona to the next, the film would have easily lost its charm.
The Earth story line was rather weak, even if its addition makes sense towards the end. There were conflicts added to the story just so that the Earth people (particularly Murphy) has something to work with. While it can solely focus on finding a way to save humanity, Murphy was given a story that comes to play in the third act, which was when the film stumbles from its strong lead. The exploration parts were intensified by the score provided by Hans Zimmer, who kept the exploration in danger, as the characters never found a moment of peace. The score seemed to be constructed to keep us at the edge, waiting for something major to take place.
The film was also particularly reminiscent of past space movies. One that came to mind was Gravity; there were elements at play that were similar to the Alfonso Cuaron hit last year, particularly in the technical aspect of things. As I've mentioned previously, the third act was where the film fell. It seemed that it brought a whole new level of logic that just skipped the current path the film was taking just to bring closure. It was questionable, to say the least.
There were a lot of emotions at play, and while some hit the right notes, there wasn't much of a follow through. Despite the dangers of everything they went through, somehow it finds its way to go back to Cooper's family. It tries to mix humanity with science, and while it works at some point, there was something missing. I thought that the whole 'love for humanity' concept failed to translate well onscreen, and the third act tried to salvage that but it became technical, expanding to surreal. The film left me questioning the technicality of things, instead of the wonder and amazement that a space exploration should have given.
This isn't a perfect film, far from it actually. This however, will spark discussion and theories, though not similar with Inception's scope. The actors have somewhat started campaigning for awards season, and while they were truly some of the best parts of the film, I don't think this one is the film for some of them. Still, it was terrific work from Nolan, and it was worth the wait.
Final Word: A great space exploration film. It has factors of previous space explorations, and its last act might be divisive for viewers, but it was a great film from Christoper Nolan.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Director: Christopher Nolan