Interstellar Is A Decently Stellar Movie

Interstellar Is A Decently Stellar Movie

Garrett Wheeler, Opinions Editor

When the teaser trailer was first released in late 2014, everyone got interested. We all wanted to know the secrets behind this movie. Why are there rockets shooting to space? Where is Matthew McConaughey driving to and why is he crying? What is the giant orb thingy? I was really excited for this movie; I’d say it was in my top 4 most anticipated movies of 2014. So I went to the theaters to watch the film with high expectations and left the theater still trying to wrap my head around what actually happened. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is good, but… I dunno. I’ll explain later.

Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey as Cooper and Anne Hathaway as Brand. This movie takes place in a dystopian future where life on earth gets harder by the second. Crops are scarce, oxygen is lowering, and dust storms keep sweeping the land. All seems hopeless, so when Cooper learns about a NASA project of traveling from galaxy to galaxy, he joins in as pilot of the rocket. And this is a Christopher Nolan film, so you know that there’s more to the story than just the surface.

As a whole, the plot is very good. It’s well written, it’s got great characters, and it makes you think. There are a lot of hidden messages in this movie and they give you the power to figure them out. I love that. This movie really makes you process what all that happened with thought provoking themes about love and life.

This however, can come at a price. I don’t mean this as a negative, because the movie is meant to be this way, but Interstellar is very, very confusing. I mean, for most of the movie, it’s pretty easy to understand what’s going on; nothing too crazy occurs. Then the third act happens. That’s when things get… weird. It’s hard to explain without spoiling what happens, but… yeah. It’s confusing and you’re not going to be able to get everything this movie has to offer on first viewing.

The acting is absolutely phenomenal. Matthew McConaughey gives a performance that could give him another Oscar nomination. Anne Hathaway does a great job as the partner astronaut chick. Heck, there’s even a child actor that does good and isn’t annoying. I know, can you believe it? Her name is Mackenzie Foy and apparently she was Bella’s daughter in the last two Twilight movies. I know, that doesn’t sound convincing (because we all know how “amazing” Twilight is), but she’s a talented little actress and I’m excited to see how much work she’ll get in the future.

The cinematography is excellent. Every shot that is taken, is taken with the grit and style that only Christopher Nolan can pull off. The film looks very sleek and is very beautiful. This helps match with the absolutely breathtaking special effects. When they get to space, it actually feels like you’re right there in space with them. It’s phenomenal.

The thing that surprised me the most about the movie was its use of tension. Interstellar really makes the viewer sit on the edge of the seat at some points with some really driving stuff. It adds onto the already fascinating experience and makes it even better.

My biggest complaint with the movie is the pacing. This movie is really slow. However, slow movies can be really good. It’s just that the slowness of this movie makes the plot as a whole feel disjointed in some parts. And that also makes the run time excessively long. Interstellar is almost three hours long and it certainly feels that way. You see, really long movies have to keep the pacing at a fast enough rate to make things feel not as long as they really are. This movie just feels like it’s dragging a lot.

As a whole, Interstellar is a good movie. The acting is great, the story is intriguing, and there are some fantastically tense moments to be had. It’s the pacing and the really long run time that bog this movie down from greatness. I do, however, suggest you see Interstellar, but I have a few tips before you do; One, make sure you use the bathroom before you go into the theater. You do not want to miss anything. Two, you should watch this movie with someone else. That way, you can talk to him or her about what actually happened. And three, you should see it multiple times to understand everything. So overall, while Interstellar doesn’t live quite as much up to the hype, it’s still a fun and interesting time at the theaters.

I give this movie a 7.5 out of 10. This movie is definitely worth watching. Just be prepared to be lost. A lot.