Interstellar: Brace for Impact, And Prepare To Be Swept Off Your Feet!

Matthew McConaughey in "Interstellar." (Photo courtesy of interstellar film.wikia.com)

by Mike Reistetter

Those who attempt to describe the plot of “Interstellar” will be gawked at as if they had eight heads. But I will give it a try, and let your computer screens be on the receiving end of your puzzled faces.

“Interstellar” follows Matthew McConaughey, fresh off a year that saw him take home Best Actor for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club.” He plays a former NASA pilot, turned farmer and widowed father of two young children. Amidst a setting where crops are failing and depletion of resources is imminent, McConaughey is recruited by a top secret and low-key, underground branch of NASA, to co-pilot a mission into space. The catch is, he is expected to abandon his family in hopes of establishing a new planet where life can be sustained, as Earth has slowly begun to decompose. In preparing for their mission, McConaughey, along with his recruiter’s daughter (Anne Hathaway), and a few select others are expected to travel through a wormhole in space, secure access into a parallel galaxy, and then locate three astronauts of the failed “Lazarus” missions from a decade earlier. They must report on not only whether or not any of the astronauts survived, but also if those who did were successfully able to find a planet where the citizens of Earth can one day inhabit. All the while, they must prepare for conflicts, such as time bending and the everlasting repercussions of irreversible, “interstellar” travel.

Is your jaw dropping yet? Good, because while viewing this film, you will be nothing but entertained and captivated entirely for nearly three hours by both the scenery and cinematography, as well as by the outstanding narrative and masterfully incessant use of manipulative writing styles and plot thickening. Famous for their box office goldmine and landmark Batman films in “The Dark Knight Trilogy” (2005, 2008, 2012), and also the science-fictional dream-extraction epic, “Inception” (2010), The Nolan Brothers always seem to be impressing and surprising their audiences, time and time again. But unlike their other foray into the mind boggling thriller drama (the aforementioned, “Inception”), which focused on traveling inward, “Interstellar” is unique in the fact that it literally could not be contained on this planet. Nor even within this galaxy, for that matter.

“Interstellar” was Rated PG-13, but it really deserved its own rating: TG (Too Good!). There was enough script depth and coinciding plots within this heavily loaded story to develop two or more “films within the film,” with family comedy/drama and horror movie elements each accompanying the prevalent science fiction genre. If “Interstellar” were a television show, the ending would be discussed more than the “LOST” and “The Sopranos” finales combined! This is a tad exaggerated, but nevertheless, this film’s climatic and concluding scenes are brilliant. All in all, “Interstellar” is one of those rare movies where you end up watching the closing credits; albeit involuntarily, for you will be so baffled by what you just witnessed, that you will literally be unable to rise from your seat!