Interstellar — Movie Review #JPMN

This captivating science fiction drama from
critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolan was produced on a budget of $165 million,
and released on November 5, 2014. Although it’s an entirely original property with no
ties to any previous works, the hype surrounding Nolan’s ninth feature film was so high, Warner
Bros. studios traded away the rights to its lucrative “Friday The 13th” series (among
other franchises) just to secure worldwide distribution rights to this movie. So to say
this picture has been widely anticipated would be quite an understatement. The lengthy 169-minute
story follows a farmer-turned-astronaut who leaves his family behind on a dying Earth
to travel through a mysterious wormhole in an effort to save humanity. The PG-13 rated
plot is far more involved than that however, with plenty of twists and surprises along
the way, which are best experienced unspoiled. Set during an unspecified time in the future
where automated Indian drones flying overhead are commonplace, and the Apollo program is
taught as a hoax… the Earth’s dirt is infertile and barren, dooming the future of the human
race. Playing the inquisitive and intrepid protagonist is Academy Award winner Matthew
McConaughey, delivering perhaps his most versatile and charged performance of his career. The
emotional range he exhibits is astonishing, from hope, despair, discovery, and fear…
all of which helps anchor the more fantastical moments on a personal level. Remarking on
the importance of his mission prior to departure McConaughey reminds a co-star, “Mankind was
born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” It is this underlying theme of survival and
exploration that will draw audiences into this lush and unfamiliar universe… but it
is strength of love itself that rests at the heart of “Interstellar”. The all-star supporting
cast includes four more Oscar-winners, including one surprise performer smartly excluded from
the movie’s promotional campaign. They all bring their A-game, but of particular mention
is Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine – who truly deliver some of the strongest
performances I’ve seen in years, breaking down when faced with the weight of their decisions,
but strong enough to overcome them. One incredible scene sees our astronauts exploring a dangerous
ocean planet… forcing them to deal not only with thousand-foot waves, but also a life-alerting
time-differential that sees seven years pass on Earth for every hour they spend on the
surface. The second world they explore is equally as exciting and scary, but this 45-minute
sequence honestly could have been trimmed heavily without harming the overall story…
which tends to overstay its welcome by the final scene. A stickler for film, Nolan shot
the entire anamorphic feature with limited digital effects… bringing to life these
hauntingly beautiful worlds to life on a gloriously huge 70mm IMAX frame. If you have the means,
I impure you to see this picture on the largest screen possible. The sound design meanwhile
is similarly immersive… dropping-out to uncomfortable pockets of silence whenever
the perspective switches to deep-space. The movie’s white knuckle thrills and impressive
visuals are driven by Han Zimmer’s use of quick organ pulses that echo into the empty
void. An important and rewarding experience, I predict this space epic will score double-digit
Academy Award nominations come January. A completely unique production, this film still
shares many parallel’s with 1997’s “Contact”; if you enjoyed that Jodie Foster film, you’ll
love “Interstellar”… but if you thought it was sort of dumb and boring, then Nolan’s
latest mayn’t be for you. Laced with scientifically verbose exposition, but never detrimentally
so… the carefully paced narrative is a honest and believable examination of who we are as
a species. A reflective story with strong performances, nail-biting action, breathtaking
visuals, and a stunning conclusion, this is one film that will stay with me for a long
time. The slower-paced and more esoteric elements may alienate some viewers, but for the patient
and open minded, this is a transformative experience that transports you to the edge
of the galaxy. An awe-inspiring journey through time, space, and emotion… “Interstellar”
is an unqualified masterpiece, and the best sci-fi drama ever made. Obviously, I’m giving
this an AMAZING.

33 thoughts on “Interstellar — Movie Review #JPMN

  1. Thanks for watching! … feel free to retweet or share, or tumblr, or instagrab, or whatever the fuck you kids do these days 🙂

  2. Great review makes me want to watch it even more with the trust of your judgement thanks a lot , ps I also was wondering how you didn't make in the top 3 of the watch mojo top ten critics

  3. i agree completely, amazing film, a special mention of the films soundtrack though. With awesome climactic and subtle pieces, Emptiness, fear, sorrow, and hope are very well expressed with this incredible soundtrack. Two thumbs up.

  4. Pretty good reveiw John. I definitely loved the experience of seeing this movie in 70mm IMAX but I feel that this will be a movie that will not hold up and be as exciting on Blu-ray. I also felt that Coop's son in the film contributed absolutely nothing to the movie and could have easily have been left out and one character towards the end felt way too much like a cheap mustache-twirling villian and the themes in this movie felt very ham-fisted at points. But in the end this is a movie that whether you like it or not you need to see this in theatres. Very entertaining and beautiful. I scored it an 8.5/10.

    (Plus I cried like a little bitch at the end.)

  5. Jon I just saw the film today, and I wouldn't suggest it was a ten worthy.

    Look, the technical and acting is as the best you'll get, but I didn't like the overly complicated resolution/ending and I didn't find the story particularly believable. It really got me bummed as to how they had enough oxygen and fuels to not just conduct the extremely lengthy missions, but to be driving with cars and burning fields back on earth, a planet that has seemingly become barren. 

    It was completely original, but it wasn't immaculate or 'amazing' either. But, as I said, the sound, music, and all other technical aspects are completely textbook. I also enjoyed the slower pace to the film, allowing Nolan's 'vision' of the film to really shine through and just show the audience just how talented he is. Something, for example, I don't think he was able to in the Dark Knight Trilogy, which was at times paced far too quickly, to meet the comic book movie criteria.

    It also enabled the building of the story and a sense of consequence to their actions, something Hollywood seemingly can take away at times due to its preference to pace films up, at the cost of dumbing them down for the wider audience.

    I prefer films to be on the slower and more complicated side, proving that film can have a greater level of depth, instead of being just a cash grab showing off the effect team's skills. However, I just feel the movie could have been a touch less in depth, in order to create a better sense of believability and focus more on the emotional consequences that were highlighted fantastically well by McConaughey, and the effect that these decisions will have on our construction as society and a species.

    Overall, I'd give it a 8.5 of 10, with it missing out on the highest mark because of those believability issues and choice of focus for the film (should have focused more on earth and the dystopian nature, rather than just the travel in galaxies that seemed a little too far stretched)

    I don't know, didn't anyone else feel the same way?

  6. Polarizing films are being some of my favorites lately: Prometheus, Cloud Atlas or Interstellar (and more I can´t remember right now). I think some people are too closed minded sometimes. Maybe you can not enjoy a movie that much cause it´s hard to follow to you or whatever but it´s obvious when there´s something special and some quality to them, and those I mentioned have it, so giving them a very bad rate as if they were a generic Jennifer Lopez film is ridiculous and just shows biased intentions. maybe they aren´t a 9 or 10 to you, but none of those deserve less than a 7 for example.

  7. Best blockbusters of the year so far imo: Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar (I´m waiting for Hunger Games, last year´s Catching Fire was surprisingly great, with way more depth than any over hyped comic book movie, movies which for some reason seem to get away with their many flaws and generic plots nowadays. And call me whatever you want but among these, the one I enjoyed the most was TASM2 this year LOL, at least it had real acting in it).

  8. Spot on review Jon, everything about this film was insane (in a good way). Visuals, soundtrack and acting all combine perfectly into what was, for me, the best film of 2014. Thanks.

  9. i've just watch it, it was good film. it's not amazing. 
    the science things is just too complicated that so far from reality. even we can imagine, but interstellar is just too dumb to be imagined.

    #edge of universe conected to random room on earth ? wat ?

  10. Great review Jon, i too would consider this a masterpiece. The visuals are stunning, the acting is all around oscar worthy and the story is intense, gripping and beautiful. The highlight for me was that nail biting docking scene. I literally held my breath for the whole sequence. Plus the music in that scene was awe inspiring. I can't wait to see this film again.

  11. Honestly the best science fiction movie ever made? Interstellar was boring and absurd. Way too long and not interesting enough to justify the length. I can think of 10 other sci-fi movies that are way better than this just off the top of my head. Interstellar is more like a poorly written family drama and an adventure story instead of an actual sci-fi movie. I was really excited to see this movie then bored when I was actually watching it.

  12. For some reason I thought Jon would rip this movie but we are nearly in exact agreement. What I will say about Interstellar is this, I walked out of that theater feeling more exhilarated that I have from a movie in many many years. Its what I imagine some people felt like when they first saw Star Wars when it debuted. For a brief moment after the film I felt changed, moved.

  13. I like your channel, but I have to say, you went with the wind on this one.  I mean rate this as awesome, basically means it doesn't get any better, and that is a serious stretch.  I also, would love it if you had a 5 metric rating, as opposed to 10.  After all, what is the difference between the term "awesome" and "amazing?"  Personally, Interstellar was okay at best.  I think in this day and age we've grown accustomed to following and feeding on monetarily hyped things, i.e "Interstellar"

  14. I think the thing I liked the most about this movie over most other sci-fi movies is that this movie is based on a lot of real science. Possible and true science, not fiction.


    Thought the movie was amazing, but hated the whole black hole time thing, i thought it was just outright stupid, and i dont think it should have been trimmed shorter, it was pretty good the way it was, it did not bore me for one second

  16. I would give this movie a 9/10. Interstellar was interesting to watch, for the story was interesting and exciting. Even at almost three hours, it didn't feel overlong due to what it had to offer.

    I mostly watch movies with DVD rentals and some on Netflix/Prime.
    This was one of the few I watched in cinemas. I thought it was beautiful to see in theatres due to the amazing visuals and the atmospheric feel.

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