I remember when I saw Interstellar for the first time. I was going to a midnight showing of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and they played a teaser for the movie. I remember watching that teaser and at first, from the way they made it look, I thought it was a documentary or something. But then the word Interstellar appeared on the side of the screen in a strange vertical fashion and I was just confused at what the movie was.
Then the first trailer came out and whenever I saw it in the movies it would always give me so many chills that it was ridiculous. It totally made me want to see this movie. Then I saw the second trailer and it slightly dissuaded me from wanting to watch the film because it showed Matthew McConaughey’s daughter in the movie crying too much. But I did end up seeing it and long story short I was absolutely flabbergasted at not only how ridiculously amazing the movie was from a visual standpoint but also a writing standpoint as well.
Interstellar was my first Christopher Nolan film that I had watched and it still is the best Christopher Nolan movie that I have seen so far. He took this incredible science-fiction story about a small group of people who were trying to save humans from extinction on Earth and made it the most captivating movie I have ever seen.
It’s been a little over three years since this movie came out and after watching it a few days ago (because I own this movie) I was still looking at the film it in utter awe and fascination. The story is so complex that even, after all of this time, I’m still hearing and seeing new things. It’s absolutely incredible.
There are four reasons why this is one of the greatest movies ever made.
1. The Visuals
Christopher Nolan is hands down one of my favorite, if not my favorite, directors of all time. His eye sees movies in a way that’s profoundly mesmerizing and it’s part of what makes his movies so enjoyable and Interstellar is not an exception. From the very beginning of the film he lets you know that this movie is going to be one you don’t want to fall asleep on.
There are so many stunning shots and so much enthralling imagery that this movie is one of the best films I’ve ever seen simply off of how the movie looks!
I mean look at that. This picture right here expresses how simply gorgeous the movie is in a nutshell. I’ve watched a lot of movies but there are few that catch the imagination like this one has.
2. The Story
The story for this movie is undoubtedly one of the greatest stories I’ve ever witnessed. The plot is never jumbled or forgotten, the scenarios click together perfectly, and the film keeps you on your heels as the situations continue becoming more and more dire. What this movie is in essence is basically a love story between a father (Matthew McConaughey) and his daughter (Mackenzie Foy/Jessica Chastain.)
He loved his daughter more than anything in the world and he left to go save the world to prevent her from becoming victim to the world’s extinction. Their love, however, transcended galaxies, time, and gravity and it was their love in the form of a watch he had given as his parting gift that ended up saving everyone.
By the end of this movie I’m always a mess of tears because it’s such an emotional film. So many things (mostly bad things) happen but it all leads to a rather satisfying but bittersweet ending that just chokes me up every time I watch this movie. I love the message that this film tried to send as well; that love is stronger than anything. It’s a beautiful realization in the movie and it’s a powerful message that I wish more people understood.
3. The Actors
This was the first movie I had ever seen with Matthew McConaughey and after this film I became an instant fan of his. The man can act! No wonder he has an Oscar. His performance as Cooper, the devoted father/incredible NASA pilot was stellar. When he started crying I was crying. When he was frustrated or scared or angry I was there with him every step of the way experiencing the same feelings.
And Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. Gosh, they are some incredible actresses.
I love it when actors can just start crying on a whim and both of these actresses were able to do that. Anne Hathaway’s Professor Brand was smart and composed but she was flawed and that led to a terrible mistake on one of the planets they ventured to. She didn’t shrink away into a corner though and become a weeping heap of a person. She continued on with the mission.
And Jessica Chastain’s adult version of Murphy Cooper was incredible. She is such a good actor. She kept the personality of that little girl except elevated it to make it believable that she was the angry, grown up version of that ten year old girl. Her performance in this movie was absolutely five stars and I’m not surprised that since then she’s gotten numerous nominations for movies she’s been in because like I said before, she’s a fantastic actress.
I also loved that neither one of these women were used as damsels in distress or uninteresting love interests. They were both strong, independent, and Murphy Cooper, a woman, ended up saving the world. Awesome!
4. The Music
Hans Zimmer is a ridiculously amazing composer. There are only a few themes in this movie but that’s his genius. He takes this movie, this incredible science-fiction idea, and brings a feeling of horror, suspense, hope, and love to the film that’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard.
The music for this movie is just as paramount to the story as the actors or the screenplay because it takes you on an emotional, chill-inducing rollercoaster that literally does not stop until the end of the film.
I love John Williams. He created the iconic themes for Star Wars, Jurassic World, Jaws, E.T, Harry Potter, etc. but Hans Zimmer’s music is much more…sadistic, I would say. His music gets in your head and morphs the movie into an almost fearful fashion. Take Dunkirk for example. There wasn’t really any music in the film. There was just this ticking sound every time something was about to happen. That right there kept me in horrified suspense the entire movie because there was always the constant ticking in the back of my mind.
Hans Zimmer loves to mess with your emotions with his music and that’s why I love him as a composer. He helped make Interstellar such an enjoyable movie and I’m just glad that he’s around to make such incredible music.
My Conclusion of the Film
This movie is in my top three favorite movies of all time because it really is that good. The fact that it didn’t get nominated for Best Picture, Matthew McConauhey didn’t get nominated for Best Actor, and Jessica Chastain didn’t get nominated for Best Actress is absolute blasphemy. Too much thought and effort went into the making of this movie for it not to be recognized as one of the greatest movies of 2014. But it is what it is.
If you haven’t seen this movie I would highly recommend that you do. It’s a whopping two hours and fourty-nine minutes long but it’s such a riveting story that it doesn’t even matter. I wouldn’t take a single scene out and I’m just glad this incredible movie exists.
Interstellar is a wonderful movie and that’s why I simply had to talk about how much I love this film. I thank you for reading and I hope you have an absolutely fantastic day.