Posted on November 15, 2014
Christopher Nolan films are not like other motion pictures; they take on a life of their own, well before they even see the light of day. Over the years, we have started to notice patterns for his films, and Interstellar, which first began taking shape in 2006 with Steven Spielberg, is no different.
In early 2013, after the Batman trilogy was laid to rest, we got word of Nolan’s next project and “fan-boys” collectively lost their mind. The first of the stages I mentioned is the build up, then comes the search for information, followed by rumors, the first trailer, the advanced screening reviews, the first critic to bash the latest Nolan film, and finally the public seeing the movie and scratching their heads, but loving it no matter what.
It is those final two stages that have scared me about every Nolan film since Inception, yet could also apply to Memento, and once again rears its ugly head with Interstellar.
Boasting a strong cast, the film takes place in the future, where crops and humanity are seemingly dwindling. The fight to preserve life is paramount. When a dust storm causes a strange pattern to appear on his daughter Murph’s (Mackenzie Foy) floor, Cooper (Matthew McCounaughey) gets in his car and stumbles upon the hidden station of NASA’s headquarters. It’s there where he runs into his old teacher, Professor Brand (Michael Caine) who informs Cooper they need him to pilot a mission to save and preserve humanity.
Interstellar is as grandiose a film you will see this year, its scope is far beyond anything you can fathom, which is where it falters. While the visuals presented will blow you away, a clunky script, which sacrifices a connection with the audience, for the sense of scientific realism will leave the non-physicist spectator more than a little confused.