‘Interstellar’ Review

By: Aidan Hall

As I walked into the theater, a chill rose up my spine. It was cold outside and cloudy, a truly dreary day, and yet this chill was frigid. It was as if it were a warning that what I was about to watch was probably one of the most nightmarish two and a half hours of my life. As the trailers before Interstellar ended, I still had some semblance of hope. The trailers were interesting, and the hype around this film was most certainly real, and from time to time I enjoy a good sci-fi film. When we meet our main character, Cooper who is played by Matthew Mcconaughey, and his family as they chase down a drone to use on their farm, I was reasonably invested in the film. They caught the drone and loaded it into the truck as Cooper drove off to a Parent Teacher conference. And that’s where it started; that’s where everything went downhill.

Now mind you, dear reader, I am not a man of science; just a man with a fondness of Carl Sagan and Bill Nye the occasional science guy. So I can’t tell you what is wrong or right about the physics of the film. But, I can tell you what’s wrong with the humanity of this film. As Matthew Mcconaughey’s character sits down with his son and daughter’s teachers, he discovers that his daughter fought with other students, arguing that the moon landing was real and that their textbooks were wrong. The teacher called the moon landing propaganda, and the audience sees a quiet storm in Cooper’s eyes.  At this moment, that quiet storm was in my eyes as well. The problem was, that storm only got louder over the next two hours. When the characters found NORAD thanks to a binary code left by a “ghost”, I thought I saw where this film was headed. And when they explained that NORAD was a version of today’s NASA and that some entity had left a wormhole just outside of Saturn for the sake of humanity, I still thought I knew what was going on. And as they sailed through space towards the wormhole, I was fine with what had been set up. I’d see some cool aliens, some message would be told, jokes might be had, and we’d all walk out satisfied. So why did I walk out with a hurried step before checking to see if there was an after credits scene?
Matthew Mcconaughey in Interstellar
I am struggling to not give away spoilers in this review, but I will tell the defining moment of the film that took away my last remaining shred of hope. After we lose one of the plot points, (I mean crew members) the remaining crewmembers discuss their options. They can only go to one other planet on the other side of the wormhole if they want to still have enough fuel to go home. They decide to vote, and that’s when Anne Hathaway’s character drops a bombshell. She was in love with the man that discovered one of the planets that they have to choose between, and she thinks love transcends time and space and that this is the planet they need to go to. Now, a decision based on love is highly improbable and doesn’t really make any sense to these scientific prodigies and Matthew Mcconaughey, and yet this movie proves that from that point on, this terrible decision is the right one. After shenanigans with an evil Matt Damon and impossible physics, we’re treated to the true power of the universe: love.

Love and gravity are the only two things that can transcend time and space. Does this sound crazy to you? Because it certainly does to me. I will give you everything else about this movie, if I absolutely have to: a faked moon landing, unrealistic physics in a highly scientific movie, Matt Damon as a scientist. But, I refuse to believe that love (LOVE) transcends time and space. That’s the whole message of the movie. That’s it. You don’t pass go or collect a better plot. Love is all there is.

The acting is sub par at best, with most actors just phoning it in. When Mcconaughey gives a better performance in a Lincoln commercial, there’s a problem. I don’t feel invested in any actors and I don’t think the movie knew what it wanted to be well into the credits.  In all honesty, the end of this film is a better beginning than this film even hoped to have. The story was lackluster and never brought anything engaging to the viewer. It was a science teacher’s wet dream with all the relativity and black hole explanations, but that was the only thing that kept my attention. Whenever they inserted comedy or jokes into the movie, it either felt too inappropriate or was delivered so woodenly that you couldn’t even chuckle at it. There is no replay value to this movie, and in the end when you see everything pulled off and it all wraps up, you don’t even get the satisfaction of having some higher power answer everything. You get the feel that this film was trying to be the next 2001: A Space Odyssey, but the difference between these films is that one is timeless, and the other no one should have time for. One gives you insight into the future and instructs humanity on what to look out for, and the other makes you give up on humanity. I have just about as much hope in humanity after seeing this movie as the humans in this film had hope of surviving. This film did the impossible. It broke me.

I usually can find something good about a movie, and if nothing else the camerawork and special effects are pristine. Absolutely stunning visuals that almost look like they were hand crafted. I could believe that this was an actual mission with how realistic everything looked. Even the robots seemed believable. The only problem was that they were in an incredibly unbelievable story. The visuals are ruined by everything happening around them. Not even the visuals can save this film. All and all, there is nothing stellar about this film.