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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Movie Review: Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar (2014)
Rating:PG-13 (for some intense perilous action and brief strong language)
Genre:Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:Christopher Nolan
Written By:Christopher Nolan , Jonathan Nolan
In Theaters:Nov 7, 2014 
Runtime:2 hr. 49 min.
Paramount Pictures - Official Site
With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. (C) Paramount

It's a rare movie that will drag me out of the comfort of my own home and into a theater where I must contend with people talking, candy bags rustling, and sound levels that leave me cringing and sticking my fingers into my ears. But on the recommendation of a friend, Interstellar recently became one of those movies...and I'm glad of it.

My friend's very science-oriented son described it as being rather like 2001: A Space Odyssey, only with more action and better science. "The most accurate depiction of a black hole ever in a movie," he called it. I'll have to take his word on the latter part (but American theoretical physicist Kip Thorne did advise on the film, so I'm betting my friend is right). As to the comparison to 2001? Yup. I can see that, too...but with waaay more action.

In case you haven't heard of the film (!), here's the synopsis from the official site

In the future, governments and economies across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, NASA is no more, and the 20th Century is to blame. A mysterious rip in spacetime opens and it's up to whatever is left of NASA to explore and offer up hope for mankind.

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

That, in my opinion, is about the most boring description (*yawn*) anyone could give, because you’ll notice that nowhere are the words epic, breathtaking, visual feast, or WOW used. And the movie is deserving of all those words and least cinematically speaking.

As for the other stuff, I thought the story held together okay, the acting was adequate (and given that I'm not a particular fan of either Matthew McConaughey or Anne Hathaway, that's actually saying rather a lot), and the plot was easy to follow. But seriously, those space scenes? Epic. Breathtaking. A visual feast. Wow. They alone made it worthwhile going to the theatre for the big-screen experience--and make it easy for me to recommend that others do as well.

Oh, yes, and the science stuff? Mind-bending. You've been warned. ;)
Guest review: Linda Poitevin
Author of the Grigori Legacy series from Ace/Roc Books


  1. Indeed not a movie I would pick based on that blurb. And I think I have overdosed on sci-fi (romance) books lately. So no more science for me for a while please. Great review Linda, and happy Thanksgiving!

    1. I'm not a fan of movies that are good because of the great cinematography. I appreciate a pretty background but I want action and characters. This isn't one I want to see either.

    2. You'd definitely get action in this, Sharon...characters, maybe not so much. And I must admit that the action gets a little predictable and tedious at times. I think my writer side got a little annoyed with it from that perspective. ;)

      Glad you liked the review, Aurian! :)

  2. Tim mentioned this movie on my birthday, but I'm not into sci-fi. I may see it anyway. I do like McConaughey. :)

  3. So how many sheep is this rated? I can't seem to find the rating in the post :) Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Linda didn't put a rating when she sent it and with the holidays I forgot to ask . Linda! If you are there, what rating? I'll add it as soon as I can :)