INTERSTELLAR | MOVIE REVIEW

Christopher Nolan is a god among film lovers, THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY, INCEPTION, MEMENTO are all I have to mention. Every time I see a new film of his I just shake with joy and wonder. With INTERSTELLAR he takes it old school, he does a space movie that is better than all before it, he uses limited SFX and still makes a movie that goes next level. INTERSTELLAR has moved into my top five films of all time. I am a sci-fi junkie and he just mainlined pure heroin into my system. I could barely speak after this movie, it took me close on an hour to wake out of my Nolan coma and commune with the world again. INTERSTELLAR is out this Thursday 6th November 2014 and is being released by Roadshow Films. It is rated M and runs for 169mins. THIS FILM, (and I can call it a film as it was filmed in film and we watched on film) SHOULD be seen at IMAX, the big IMAX, the one at Darling Harbour, if you can’t make it there, then the biggest screen you can locate. Now, enjoy my gushing :).

 

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INTERSTELLAR | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER

 

REVIEW BY JASON KING

2001, ALIEN and MOON all have one thing in common besides being science fiction movies. They are intelligent, they require you to fire up the dark matter, they take us places in our imagination, they question, they broaden our own minds and they are bloody brilliant. INTERSTELLAR takes the best of science fiction intelligence and presents to you a film that can be called “a sci-fi as good as 2001′” the grandfather of brilliant science fiction. It is various things, at it’s heart it is an intelligent science fiction paying homage to 2001 and and giving us a glimpse to something closer to reality – call it more Science Possibility Non Fiction with a Good Story as opposed to complete science fiction. It embraces science and looks at other dimensions that are not our own, on the other hand, and as director, Christopher Nolan himself claims, this is more: “For me, the film is really about being a father. The sense of your life passing you by and your kids growing up before your eyes.” He then went on to explain this film is, to him, more akin to BOYHOOD than a science fiction film. I see his angle, but he missed the entire space thing in his own film :).

 

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INTERSTELLAR | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | COOPER (MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY) DURING LAUNCH

 

Planet earth is running out of food, in fact a huge chunk of the world population is just gone from starvation. There is a dust that is covering the planet, there are constant dust storms and humanity is badly effected, if it is not the lack of sun and damage to crops caused by the dust it is the damaged lungs from inhalation of same dust. In the hidden underground what is left of NASA has been working on a solution. Firstly, a wormhole has been discovered next to Saturn, the spooky thing about this is that it was placed there by something and the second thing, shuttles were sent through the wormhole in the recent past too locate new planets to inhabit. They have data, they have lost communication and they have one shuttle left. The crew is ready but the crew is green and have only simulated flying. As chance would have it events are steering Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his daughter towards the location of the shuttle. BOOM – they have their pilot with experience and off they go. This happens VERY swiftly. What I will not tell you is what happens through the wormhole – let’s just say your mind will expand, your pupils will dilate and hopefully you will join me in Nolan love.

 

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INTERSTELLAR | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | AMELIA (ANNE HATHAWAY) DURING PLANETARY LANDING

 

The movie deals with more values than can be counted but its main values are family, love, survival and science and also embracing Nostradamus’ prophecy that man is not meant to stay on Earth forever, we are meant to leave it. While I love this movie, it is not for everyone, this movie will make you think, it is not a sit back and enjoy the ride with chewing gum script and pretty teen actor, this is a film of nearly unparalleled intelligence and it is for this I worship it. It does what science fiction should, takes it all next level and does things most film makers would not even dream of. And most of it Nolan does without CGI!!!!

An odd thing about this film, it was mean to be a Spielberg directed film. He hired Jonathan Nolan (Chris’s bro) to write it and then chose other projects to complete. Jonathan suggested to Spielberg that his own brother should make it and so it began. Nolan then shot a feature film that uses the most IMAX filming ever used in a feature film. He is loathe to rely on SFX and a lot of the space scenes are an IMAX camera shooting from the nose cone of a Learjet. I kept seeing one angle of the space ship/ shuttle over and over in the movie – from the left wing looking towards the nose and then it hit me, he is not showing you fictionally what you would see – he is showing you what would be a real, a wing mounted camera and we would see what the crew would see. MIND BLOWN

 

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INTERSTELLAR | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | COOPER (MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY)

 

Before I get on to the actors, I have to mention the score from Hans Zimmer, it is the most unique thing you will have ever heard from Zimmer, besides effects it is incredibly long languid single notes, eery note fluctuations that capture space, mystery, vastness and the unknown to perfection, it then smashes you with fast paced organ-like music that is breath-taking. The film is worth it for Zimmer’s score alone. He moulds the tone of this film and will have you stomach clenched holding your breath in scenes and your heart pounding in others.

Now the actors, McConaughey, Oscar is in the bag, he is superb and this is my favourite role of his. It solidifies him as a genius of acting, his emotional connection to his character is numbing, this role would not have been easy under any circumstances, it is just WOW. The supporting actors are all great, including the couple of cameo roles that will surprise you but nothing comes close to McConaughey, in this, he owns this film.

 

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INTERSTELLAR | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | COOPER (MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY) AND AMELIA (ANNE HATHAWAY)

 

My first words I spoke after this movie to my “date” for the screening, Seb, were “I think this could be my favourite film of all time.” I did not think they made films this good anymore, OK, BOYHOOD while completely different is also in this league, but my genre is science fiction and this film owned me, it took my breath away.

 

5 Pops

 

 

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