I went to see the movie INTERSTELLAR today.
For a complete breakdown of cast/direction – please visit IMDB, they do a far better job than I can, if I cared to, capturing the basic stats, summary, and other related info. This film had a LOT of talented people and money behind it – and that shows in the results.
Christopher and Jonathan Nolan are the writers behind this project. The writing is outstanding, but the production work on the part of artists and special effects engineers matches the vision and perhaps is even more powerful than the vision the writers had. The space-scapes of the wormhole, the blackhole and the terrain/aspect of the various planets were incredible. This film is transporting as great art should be – and you can feel yourself drifting, with these characters, through the cosmos.
I am very glad Matt Damon played the douche-bag in the film. He is clearly type cast for this role and the effect is synergistic with the intention. For Damon, playing this kind of self-involved muddled scum bag must have been rather easy – not requiring him to go too deep (as if he had any depth). Damon’s acting was barely required since I doubt the character he played was that different from his own essential nature, and thankfully his presence was the briefest of interludes that did not damage and may have been valuable.
This is an honest and emotional film despite being filled with tons of technology. Even the robots are “alive” and not some re-drawn version of other robot tropes from other films. In many ways, the robots represented some of the more interesting and enlivening supporting cast.
Anne Hathaway had a smaller role in this film than in others, but she played her part fantastically. She is an amazingly skilled actress and as she grows in her craft she simply gets better.
There are others in the cast – too many to list – that would be worth noting, primarily for their “stellar” work as well. A sign of a great film is that there is too much to say and you always run the risk of giving away the plot – so I won’t be that guy.
The following science/technology topics are covered in the film: a) interstellar travel and relativity, b) time travel and c) artificial intelligence (and maybe a few others). Time travel is always hard to do well without a lot of confusion, but this film does as well as many – probably better than most.
Seeing films these days, especially if you have a family, can be expensive – so perhaps it is better to wait and see at home. But the film does come alive on the big screen as great ones often do. Like the film INCEPTION (another Nolan hit) this film wants to be shown on a large canvas. So, if you have the cash – go see it.
Finally, don’t be surprised if you find yourself teary-eyed before the end at multiple moments – I did, and I’m ok with that.