By Jacob Rogers (UK)


Christopher Nolan is my favourite director. His previous works such as 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2010’s Inception have helped me to come to this conclusion, but it can be said that without a doubt that Interstellar solidifies this belief. It’s difficult to think of where to start with a film as complex and mind-boggling as this one, however it must be immediately declared that the pairing of Hans Zimmer and any Christopher Nolan film is a sure-fire way to produce lighting in a bottle.

The score for Interstellar does things to you; goosebumps, tears, the whole shebang. It is as if Zimmer is directly pulling at all of your heartstrings with his constant yet very meaningful use of the sombre church organ to again and again give the stunning visuals (that this film rightfully won an Oscar for) depth, so that they do not fall into the void of space – which our protagonists Coop and Dr Brandt (Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway) are in constant jeopardy of doing.

There is one specific scene about halfway through the picture where our protagonists are faced with an intergalactic time zone issue if you will where each “tick” of the score represents 7 hours on Earth. It is the small details like this coupled with the grandiose elements of Zimmer’s masterpiece that help to give the film structure though its two and three quarter hour ride, allowing it to resonate with the audience on a much higher level.

The acting in this film is crazy good. Leading actor McConaughey does a stellar job (no pun intended) in expressing the disjointed life that humans now experience on their tainted planet. A former pilot turned farmer, Coop, is faced with the seemingly insurmountable task of finding a new home for his race where humanity is no longer at the hands of merciless dust storms that threaten both the food supply and people’s health constantly and saving his family back home. There are a few emotional scenes which highlight McConaughey’s skills as an actor whilst also providing depth to an already incredible adventure.

Hathaway is just as good, as is Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine (no surprises there) which don’t make the film feel like one dominated by the leading role with supports thrown in for the sake of it. However, there was one member of the cast who stood out to me and who I don’t believe deserves enough credit. This is Mackenzie Foy (young Murph (Coop’s daughter.)) She adds an element of rawness that Nolan needed to create a good build up in the first act, allowing the audience to understand the impact that a father leaving a child can have. Although there are some criticisms that this build up is played out for too long, personally it seems to be the perfect length for the audience to understand the dire situation that the planet it in while also fleshing out the characters (especially Coop which allows us to see how his long trip from home affects him emotionally.)

For me, this is one of those special films that will without a doubt have a long lasting impact on how I view the world of cinema and also confirms the seemingly endless potential that Christopher Nolan has as a creative mastermind. To put it simply, this film is a triumph.

Rating: 5/5



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