Movie Review: Interstellar

Interstellar is a 2014 epic science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan, and top-billed by actors Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine. The film features a team of space travelers who travel through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet. It has received generally positive reviews from critics. At the time of writing, Interstellar has grossed more than $200 million worldwide. The budget for the film is about $165 million.


The story goes like this: In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.

Interstellar is of adventure, sci-fi genre, which runs for approximately 169 minutes. It's rated PG-13 in most countries for some intense perilous action and brief strong language. Let's start first with what I liked about the film. It's definitely one hell of a thought-provoking film, making one ask questions to himself or even doubting whatever beliefs he has about physics and astronomy. Second, the drama parts were really touching and emotional. I commend the acting of Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain. They deserve Oscar nods for this. Lastly, the visual effects and computer generated imagery (CGI) were breath-taking and phenomenal especially how they portrayed the atmosphere and geography of other planets. Now, let's move on to the things I did not like. First, it has caused some people nausea. In fact, it really got me dizzy. Second, the movie was just too long. They could have deducted at least an hour from it. The first half of the movie was really dragging. Third, there was just no humor or any comedic relief, and some dialogues were really dry and boring. There's too much use of jargon too - that a regular movie-goer would find hard to understand. Lastly and most importantly, at least for me, it lacked entertainment value. It was an agony to stare at the movie screen and get stressed by the scenes, and direction where the plot was going. And while some parts of the film were engrossing, it was just too stressful to comprehend the things happening, especially the latter part. Hence, my rating below. Interstellar is also available in IMAX.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5 STARS


Til then...

xoxo Nash


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