This post is important to me, so it has been written and edited over the course of several days. I hope you find it insightful and recommend you see the movie before reading this review as there will undoubtedly be spoilers. It’s not a review, per say. It’s more along the lines of “I’m spewing my thoughts and feelings about this movie onto my blog” kind of post.
“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.“
Whether or not Dylan Thomas meant it or not, to me, this poem that is repeated throughout the movie is about mankind’s drive to push forward and fight for survival. We, as a people are dreamers, explorers, and survivors. The world has thrown many challenges are way and we always find a way. Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey, even says “We’ll find a way, Professor. We always have.” This is at least half the premise of this film. We watch as a father risks his life to find a way to save his family and “millions of other families” by leaving the world we call home in a desperate attempt to find another.
The other half of the movie is about a father’s relationship with his daughter. Murphy (or “Murph”) is a very intelligent redheaded lass with a heart filled with love for her father, passion for understanding the universe, and strength when faced with the fate of the world. She stays on earth while Cooper and a team of scientists are sent on the last mission NASA can send into a wormhole to another solar system in another galaxy. Talk about long-distance. Cooper faces various challenges from personal betrayal to the laws of physics themselves. Time becomes his greatest enemy as it becomes relative when he approaches Gargantua.
The Devourer, a beast of tremendous ferocity, and one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen on the big screen; Gargantua is a representation of what a black hole would actually look like (with an accretion disk added to give perspective). It was a titan onscreen and it shook me when I first saw it. Could you imagine taking a wormhole to another galaxy to the only habitable worlds within range and discovering that they all orbit a black hole?! It blew my mind. I couldn’t have been more excited. This was when the film turned into more than just another movie. I felt that this was a masterpiece.
And I still do. Interstellar is able to present a captivating story, brilliant scientific theory, compelling characters, and the coolest robots you’ve ever seen into a single film. Flawlessly. However, after watching this movie again, I have to admit that the main reason it resonated so perfectly for me, was the score.
Hans Zimmer is one of my favorite composers. His work on Christopher Nolan’s Batman series and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean are some of my favorite soundtracks ever. When he revolutionized the film score industry with the iconic “Inception BWUAAAAAH!” I knew he was going to make something that truly struck a chord in my heart. The other soundtracks were great, but I felt like the emotional bond I wanted to have had not yet been formed. Until Interstellar.
I knew I would love this film, but I set that aside so I could have a fresh experience and be unbiased. Within the first five minutes my excitement was already back and overwhelmingly high. Every moment of the film, even the time Cooper was still on earth, was important and vital to understanding the characters and plot. There wasn’t a single moment out of place and I couldn’t believe how well it was put together. And then he goes into space. I got a little nervous about the robots, a little nervous about the wormhole, a little nervous about the planets and the black hole. And then, when he and the crew pass through the wormhole, my face froze in my excited smile face. I’ll take a picture of that next time it happens, as I can’t replicate it without the genuine experience. It’s pretty derpy.
I felt every emotion that I was hoping to feel and had a wonderful experience watching this film. Rewatching it, I felt the same thing. Nothing had diminished. I love this film and it’s a solid 10/10 on my scale. For those of you who don’t know, only 3 other movies out of the thousands I’ve seen have ever made it to 10/10. I’m very picky. This film will live forever in my heart and mind and I’m so grateful to have the experience of watching it.
We live in a time when movies are held back only by our imaginations and this film pushes us beyond anything we’ve seen before. We get to explore fantastic worlds, experience every human emotion, and walk away from this dreaming about our place in the universe. This movie made me feel small, but undeniably special. Humans are filled with potential and we are capable of great and terrible things. Christopher Nolan manages to show us all of this in a single film and I’m so happy that he did. (I plan on doing an entire post about Christopher Nolan soon, so keep checking back for updates.)
Thanks for reading, you guys. You’re all amazing. I hope you get a chance to look up at the sky and wonder about our place in the stars. Many blessings, all the joy, happy happy things for you. Etc.
Remember: if you’re going to dream, dream BIG!