Another of director Christopher Nolan’s science fiction epics, Interstellar (2014) tells of a strange future Earth that has experienced an environmental catastrophe leading to large-scale food shortages. As a result of this disaster, a crew of astronauts must explore the universe to find an alternate home for the citizens of Earth, where resources are abundant.
I only watched Interstellar recently, and after finishing it I almost felt jet-lagged, as if I’d returned home from a long space journey. Below are some of my thoughts that were floating throughout my brain during and after watching.
Be warned: There are a couple of spoilers below.
- Interstellar is described on its Wikipedia page as a “science fiction epic film”. Is it just me, or is the term ‘epic’ synonymous with ‘exhausting’? Because this film was truly exhausting. But also quite good.
- I went into this without having seen one trailer, so I didn’t even know much about what the story might contain. I knew there was space travel and perhaps a bit of time travel, but that was the extent of my knowledge.
- I really enjoyed Interstellar, and I wonder if it’s because I went in with little to no expectations for it.
- Matthew McConaughey’s emotive performance was top notch. That scene where he is essentially watching his son grow up before his eyes was heartbreaking.
- Mackenzie Foy’s performance as McConaughey’s young daughter (who grows up before our eyes to become Jessica Chastain) was another highlight.
- I know a little bit about science but the majority of the scientific information in this went way over my head. There was a whole bunch of exposition (scientists explaining science to one another?), but it was way better than the insane amount of exposition in Inception (2010).
- The score by Hans Zimmer is so great. It was nominated for a Best Original Score at the Oscars however lost out to Alexandre Desplat’s work for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
- What I loved most about the score was how it sounded similar to music by Philip Glass, who I love for his strange mathematical-sounding tunes. There was a strange clock ticking musical effect throughout that built tension so well.
- I also loved the brief snippets of information about the strange future world that the story was set within, to build the world one puzzle piece at a time. We weren’t given a big spiel at the beginning, which is the curse of a lot of films that have a complex world or lore.
- Christopher Nolan is the master of developing suspense and tension in his films. Say what you want about Nolan’s spinning top antics, he truly knows how to keep an audience on its toes and to keep drip-feeding information so that the audience’s intrigue is maintained.
- And who can forget those strange visuals when McConaughey’s character is stuck within the black hole towards the end. I loved the way this was conceptualised, and even though some of the “it was love all along” sentiment threw me off a bit, the visuals in this scene were mindblowing enough for me to not really mind.
- I felt like it was really easy to get lost in Interstellar, kind of like getting sucked into a black hole.
- By watching this film, I’ve finally crossed off one of my New Year’s resolutions. So that’s great as well.
- Bonus: If you want to hear an explanation of the ending from the one and only Neil deGrasse Tyson (also known as my secret science husband), enjoy:
Watch the trailer here.