Plot: “A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.” (imdb.com)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama
Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece, Interstellar, is a film with brains and heart and, in my opinion, his best one yet. Interstellar has it all; everything, from the stunning cinematography to the breathtaking soundtrack, is simply magnificent. One of its assets is that it is scientifically accurate, mostly avoiding all those scientific errors that ruin other sci-fi films.
The film is set in the near future. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot, is recruited by astrophysicist Professor Brand (Michael Caine) in order to find a new habitable planet. Despite the protests of his daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy), he decides to go and leave his two children with their grandfather, knowing that he might not be able to return to them. A team of astronauts, led by Coop, venture into the beyond to find a new home for humanity. Along with Coop, the Endurance’s crew includes Dr Brand’s daughter Amelia (Anne Hathaway), geographer Doyle (Wes Bentley), physicist Romilly (David Gyasi) and TARS and CASE, two androids. However, the passage of time differentiates exponentially between space and Earth. Because of this time discrepancy, while Cooper barely ages, his children back on Earth are now adults.
The film’s score, composed by the brilliant Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lion King, The Da Vinci Code), is truly extraordinary. In my opinion, this film can be appreciated whether one has knowledge of astrophysics or not. It perfectly stimulates both the audience’s intellect and emotions. The combination of science and familial love is a strong one. In conclusion, Interstellar is an incredibly beautiful film to watch, with aesthetically pleasing images and music that can bring you into tears.
Fun Fact #1: The screenplay was based on theoretical physicist Dr Kip Thorne’s work (More specifically: The notion that there could be at least five dimensions while we are only aware of three of them).
Fun Fact #2: No green screens were used in the production of Interstellar.