Interstellar (2014)

This is a great movie.

I didn’t know that this was another Nolan movie and when I read the names Christopher & Jonathan Nolan at the end credits, I was really impressed. Not just for the movie but for the Nolans. They have many times proven that they’re masterful creators who never fail to deliver. Another aspect about the movie besides the impressive visuals and the almost perfect writing was the music. The incredible score perfectly complemented the movie right from the first scene. Hans Zimmer has been known to produce some very powerful music and has consistently shown his talent. But this soundtrack wasn’t a typical Hans Zimmer piece and that was impressive.

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.
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.

At a time when our planet is dying, humanity pushes forward in the hope of reaching out to other worlds. This might seem like an average science fiction story but I tell you things are far more complicated. A story that surpasses two generations and spans more than a hundred years while at the same time takes place in less than an hour in another physical time zone, Interstellar is a real treat for anyone who is a fan of relativity.

Sci-Fi

This is my favorite part. I am always intrigued by the various concepts that the movie makers try to show and Interstellar was a really fun ride. The space crafts looked pretty cool and at the same time, realistically feasible. Science was taken seriously here and I really appreciated the muted sequences because, well, you can’t really hear in a vacuum. The incorporation of the centrifugal system for some sort of gravity was a great idea, something that was beautifully showed in 2001: A Space Odyssey. In fact, the movie resembled Space Odyssey in so many ways but could never recreate the sense of awe that the 1968 epic is known for. But the good part was basically limited to only this much. The rest was what you would call a really long shot.

[Spoiler] Despite such high production values, there were many plot holes in the story.

  1. Even after so many years working under the professor, how come Murph could never figure out that the equation had already been worked out.
  2. The notion that information from a 5 dimensional space could be transmitted into a lesser dimensional one (in this case 3) in the form of a physical force can be accepted to a certain extent. And according to this theory, Cooper could alter the physical force of gravity in his daughter’s room through the tesseract. But it is not possible to generate a gravitational field strong enough to rotate a second hand of a watch without affecting anything else anything around it; let alone set it to repeat for so many years. Even more, the altered field should have been confined to that very tiny space only. It is simply not possible that in our three-dimensional universe, a gravitational field like that could stick to an object wherever it goes.
  3. Cooper should have been broken, twisted and transformed into a trillion particles soon after crossing the critical orbit of the black hole.
  4. Wait; how was the earth dying again?

    That was the science part. Now the rest:

  5. An angry farmer is not in the mood of a hug right after his farm was burnt; Especially when the one hugging him is the who commited the arson in the first place.
    It’s simply hard to believe how Mary’s brother could forgive her so easily.
  6. I think Cooper would stay with his daughter for much longer at the end, especially after what both of them have been through. After such an epic journey of life, I’m sure both father & daughter had a lot to talk about when they finally met in the end.
  7. After Chipper gets rescued in the future, how come no one else was interested to know how he achieved everything?
  8. Cooper could directly fly planes that were built 100 years in the future. Wait, what?

Cast

I always liked Matthew McConaughey. Dallas Buyers Club was a joy to watch and without McConaughey, I don’t think they could’ve pulled it off. The same goes for Interstellar. There were many big personalities on screen. This goes to show that this movie was a really ambitious effort. And everyone played their part perfectly.
PS. Mackenzie Foy was super cute.

All is not well.
All is not well.

Sound

Man of Steel was a not so impressive movie and if it hadn’t been for Hans Zimmer, that movie could’ve turned out bad. Zimmer worked his magic here as well. The only difference here was that he turned a great movie into something even better.


I would recommend this one to any sci-fi fan. Though I would advise people to be educated on some topics beforehand if you wanna really appreciate this movie: Special Theory of Relativity, General Theory of Relativity, Life Cycle of Stars, Black Holes and Singularities and a bit on Worm Holes. In short, grab a piece of A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.

And despite some of the glaring plot holes, this is one movie you won’t regret seeing.

4/5

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5 thoughts on “Interstellar (2014)”

  1. You know most of these aren’t plot holes. And the shredding into noodles part I understand you get from hawking’s papers. But we actually know very little about actual black holes. The model used in the movie was based off Kip Thornes idea of the black hole. Though I admit #1 does sound suspicious. But it could be that Murph never questioned him for sure because he was their ‘Stephen Hawking’. Maybe a little inhibition there.
    And the flying part is not true man. Maybe cooper was trained. We weren’t shown. That’s all. Like the training before he left with Endurance.
    I for once think this was superbly made and impossible to replicate science wise. Damn it was good. And the gravitational field thing, you never know. Maybe what he did on that watch, the new gravitational field stayed long enough and was possible because if they are interpreting 5 dimensions in 3 then hell, anything is possible.

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    1. Anything if possible in science, yes. So I could accept your theories.

      But you still can’t teach or train anyone to operate a machinery that’s more than a hundred years in the future.

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