Movie:  Interstellar

Rating:  4 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Earth, the foreseeable near future.  Climate change has turned the United States into a dust bowl worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s.  There is world wide hunger, and the quality of air is degrading at a rapid pace.  It looks like it’s curtains for the human race.  Still, life goes on as best it can, and Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot, is surviving by raising corn on his farm with his dad Donald (John Lithgow) and daughter Murphy (MacKenzie Foy).  Then one day after an especially bad dust storm, Murphy shows Cooper a strange phenomenon that appears to be a form of communication, but from where?

A series of events leads Cooper to hook up again with the remnants of NASA, where he meets the eminent physicist Dr. Brand (Michael Caine), and his daughter Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway).  Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, there is a plan in the works to launch a spaceship from Earth that will leave our solar system with the mission of finding a habitable planet for humans.  Thus begins the voyage of the Endurance, with it’s crew:  Cooper, Amelia Brand, Romilly (David Gyasi), and Doyle (Wes Bentley).  It will be an amazing adventure of danger and discovery.  The human race will “rage against the dying of the light.”

This is a blockbuster movie, no two ways about it.  Nearly three bladder-busting hours long, it is packed with plot turns and impressive special effects.   I expect the film will get a Best Picture nomination.  Definitely worth seeing.  However, unless you are a science geek, you might want to get a copy of Quantum Physics For Dummies, and brush up on your knowledge of gravity, polarization of photons, qubits, quantum entanglement, string theory, and the fifth dimension.

Actor To Watch:  Michael Caine, always a pleasure to see him in any role.  He has had an amazing career.

Huh?  What the….:  If you know anything about black holes, don’t think you can power around their gravity field.  Anything near by gets sucked in and squished.  Just saying….

Unless you have the hearing of a bat, there are scenes in the movie where the background noise is just too loud to easily hear the dialogue.  Very frustrating.

Dialogue Nuggets:  “We didn’t run out of planes and machines; we ran out of food.”

Cooper:  “You don’t believe we went to the moon?”

Cooper:  “We used to look up in the sky and wonder.  Now we just look down in the dirt.”

Dr. Brand:  “We’re not meant to save the world.  We’re meant to leave it.”

“Everybody ready to say goodbye to our solar system?”

Crew Member:  “You’ll do that?”  TARS:  “Before you get all teary, remember that as a robot, I will do anything you say.”




2 thoughts on “Interstellar

  1. Amazing special effects, but the uber scientific, gravity, polarization mumbo-jumbo story line and dialog made it hard for me to stay interested. Agree with Best Pic nom, but definitely should NOT win. After seeing this overly intellectual movie, I’m ready for a good old “rom-com” flick lol.

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