Flash Movie Review: Interstellar

A mound of recently fallen autumn leaves became an ancient fragile pyramid that was ready to be explored by us. We had to be careful as we dug our way inside so the colored walls would not crumble and fall. The discarded stove in the alley turned into a rocket ship with 4 blazing thrusters and a retractable dock door that revealed a double landing deck made of steel. For a child the world was this huge amusement park, filled with infinite places to explore. I feel exploring is part of our human nature. Not necessarily in the same way, all of us do it in some kind of form. There are people who explore various stores to find the cheapest price on an item before buying it. When I take a trip to an unfamiliar place, I go into full explorer mode. After researching and mapping out my trip; once I arrive I usually go non-stop to cover as much territory as I can before I return home. Think about it; isn’t taking an art or dance class a way for us to explore our creative side? Throughout the ages there have been individuals who spent their entire life looking for something new and different; as I said, it is just in our nature.    EXPLORING for a new planet to call home was imperative if mankind wanted to survive as a species since the Earth was dying. For Professor Brand’s, played by Michael Caine (Harry Brown, The Dark Knight franchise), plan to succeed he would have to depend on the skills of retired astronaut Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Mud), to pilot the spaceship. One of the passengers was the professor’s daughter; a scientist who Cooper referred to simply as Brand, played by Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables, The Devil Wears Prada). No one knew if the crew would be back in time before the planet expired. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight franchise, Inception), this science fiction adventure was a major piece of work. Without the use of green screens for the special effects, the actors were able to react in a more realistic way to the sets around them. Visually the movie was stunning with its broad spectrum of varied scenes, both on Earth and in space. Where I felt this movie stumbled was its story. Though the script per se was well done, even with the past and present story lines going simultaneously, the story had some muddled spots in it. With a running time of 2 hours and 49 minutes; I felt the film could have used a little more editing. The hardest part watching this movie was at the end; after sitting all the way through, I found myself confused to the point I felt I was left out in space.

 

3 stars 

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 11, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Hmmm, I really like science fiction movies but hate it when they end like that. But you gave it three stars, so it is probably worth it anyways! (I wonder if they’ll come out with an “edited” version and a new ending. That has been known to happen, at least in my memory, lol!)

    • Usually any editing done for a 2nd release catches the viewer with extra, never before seen scenes. lol I hope you get to see this film and who knows, you may get a different read on the last part of the movie. Thanks for the comments.

  2. May I make a suggestion about your presentation?
    If you divide your writing into paragraphs, with a line space between them, it will make the text much easier to read.
    It can be off-putting to see a whole lot of text without a break. Your readers will appreciate it. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a suggestion. I have been told before and recently made a change by putting in a double double space and bolding the opening word in caps. I’ll take a look and see how things go, thanks again.

  3. Really looking forward to this one! The interweaving of past and present was Nolan’s trademark in his early masterpiece, Memento. That’s a magnificent film and I’m hoping Interstellar will match it.

  4. Marvellous tour-de-force… One of the reasons why this film is found lacking to the North American audience is that it is not the usual heroic, and frankly unrealistic, ending that is standard fare in American film directed by Americans of the same genre. This film is rather realistic right down to the juvenile confrontation between matt damon and matthew mcconaughey’s characters – a scene which perfectly encapuslates why the film ends the way it does and to a larger extent why no galactic civilisation worth their salt would have us near them anytime soon… Great film.

    • I did chuckle at your last line and happen to agree with you. Just in case, my confusion had nothing to do with seeking a wrap up so to speak; I actually found it out of place from the rest of the story. As I write this it occurs to me we may be defining “ending” different. Because I do not want to give anything away, let me say the strand parts and leave it at that. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments and views. I so enjoy when I can see a film through other eyes.

  5. 🙂 We are curious by nature!
    Thanks again for the review.

  6. Possibly Nolan’s weakest movie?

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