Interstellar (2014)

Space. Time. Gravity. Love?

This first part will be spoiler free. I'll leave a break for the spoilers, because if you haven't seen this yet, I really recommend you do.

Interstellar is set in the near future...Earth is running out of food, and as a planet, we've got to figure out what to do next. I'm not a sci-fi fan. I'm not really into the fantastical, space, time travel stuff. I like my movies a bit more grounded. However, I'm a huge fan of Christopher Nolan and I've become a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey, so I knew I would be seeing Interstellar.

I'm glad I did.

Interstellar is not without it's problems - I'll get into that in the spoiler section - but one of the problems I felt it did NOT have was inaccuracies in space travel. One pet peeve of mine is when someone goes to see a movie like Interstellar and treats it as a documentary. Yes, there are wild jumps in logic and imagination here, but that's true of all great movies. Terminator, for example. Smartest thing Skynet could have done to prevent John Connor from existing? NOT SEND THE TERMINATOR. If they didn't send the Terminator, Kyle Reese wouldn't have been sent to protect Sarah Connor, they wouldn't have gotten busy in an old Motel 6, and John never would have existed...but without that small gap in logic, we would have missed out on one of the great movies of 1984.

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This movie will, as the kids say, make you 'feel some kind of way'. When it ended, I sat there with my friend in awe of what we had just seen. It presents some ideas in a way I've never seen on screen, and I thought they were fantastic. This movie is an ode to adventure, a throwback to older blockbuster movies about traversing new terrain. Hans Zimmer's score is fantastic, and every actor here holds their weight. If you haven't seen it yet, get to the theater before it's too late. We saw it in a 'Lie-MAX' theater, so the screen wasn't official IMAX size, but it was good enough. If you watch this at home, you're robbing yourself of at least some of the experience. Space travel has never looked so good.

MY FINAL GRADE: B+

SPOILERS. If you haven't seen the movie, don't read past the next picture. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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Some things I loved about this movie. The banter from the robots. Matt FUCKING DAMON showing up halfway through as a space-crazed bastard, hell bent on human (or possibly just his own) survival. The way EVERYTHING looked. It looked so damn good. The girl who played a young Murphy was fantastic. Everyone was great. The scene where McConaughey gets back from a botched mission and sits down to see his kids grow up in front of his eyes on a screen was just heart wrenching. The only person that I didn't love in this movie (acting-wise) was Anne Hathaway.

Some things I didn't like about this movie. Hathaway has a speech about love that does two things very wrong - one, it's written horribly and delivered so awkwardly that you could tell she wasn't 100% into what her character was saying. Two, it completely discredits her as a scientist. It may have been one of the worst monologues I've ever heard. The sound mixing was a bit off. Certain bits of dialogue were very hard to hear, namely what Professor Brand says with his last words. The setup felt rushed. One minute, McConaughey is in the secret NASA building, and seemingly an hour later, he's packing up to leave for a long fucking time. Build that up a bit. Let him work it over in his mind, build up some drama. Finally, the ending was very off, namely McConaughey walking into a hospital room to see his daughter (who is now older than him) and no one else in the room acknowledging him like he's Bruce Willis in the Sixth Sense. He then proceeds to have what looks like a 10 minute conversation with his daughter (whom he hasn't seen in close to 100 years) and then bounces. That's it???

Overall, this movie had it's issues, but those are small nitpicks. I really liked this movie, and the experience was amazing seeing it on the (semi) big screen.