Interstellar: An Epic, Beautiful Film

Christopher Nolan’s latest science fiction drama epic is just that – it’s epic. Its runtime is a lengthy two hours and forty-nine minutes, it traverses galaxies, wormholes, and blackholes, and all the while seeks to convey human trials relating to love, betrayal, fear, and loneliness.

The story revolves around Cooper, a widowed astronaut, played by Matthew McConaughey. After stumbling onto a secret NASA base and meeting his old colleague Dr. Brand (Michael Caine), Cooper must travel through a wormhole with three others (Anne Hathaway’s Amelia, David Gyasi’s Romilly and Wes Bentley’s Doyle) to find a more habitable planet where the human species may survive. He leaves behind his son (Timothée Chalamet), his ten-year-old daughter, Murphy (Mackenzie Foy), and his father-in-law (John Lithgow). Because the trip involves time travel, we eventually see Murphy as a young woman (Jessica Chastain).

To say that the story is complex would be an understatement, but it is enthralling nonetheless. The quest to save humanity is balanced by Cooper’s struggle to find a way back to his daughter, and though the theme of love overcoming all odds to save humanity is clichéd, it is still powerful. McConaughey, Hathaway, and Chastain bring the emotion to a film heavily influenced by the scientific aspects of space travel.

The script is occasionally clunky, but that is to be expected in a film that seeks to find a balance between highly complicated science and raw human emotion. In fact, some of the most beautiful moments in the film are those without any dialogue or a sweeping score in the background. These scenes allow us to experience just a fraction of the loneliness that haunts the characters.

In spite of its flaws, Interstellar is visually stunning, emotional, and entertaining. In our day and age where special effects and CGI seem so very commonplace, the film manages to leave the audience in awe of the worlds that filmmakers can create. As long as you sit back and enjoy the singular experience, Interstellar is a beautiful film.

–Khush Dhaliwal, Staff Writer

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