Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan once again bring you stunning visuals, an incredible cast with a perfect soundtrack. SPOILER ALERT: This article may contain plot spoilers, but I will try not to give too much away.
Let me start by saying, for a sci-fi film, the story is VERY scientific. Perhaps a little too much in places, but the lead characters do a good job of explaining the complex theories in layman’s terms as simply and infrequently as they can, without it sounding like they are explaining it to the audience. The film combines the scientific theory with a strong story line and characters which you get very attached too, which is what makes the film so engaging for those who don’t have a PhD in quantum mechanics! The attention to detail is incredible and you can tell that a lot of research has gone into this film.
On the whole, the visuals in this film are absolutely jaw-dropping. The start of the film has very little diversity in shots, but once Matthew McConaughey leaves Earths on his travels, the screen really comes to life. As you can imagine, there are some really beautiful shots of planets, moons and stars. The planets that we visit in the film are imaginative and beautiful. But what makes them really interesting is the way in which Nolan plays with the laws of physics. Each planet has different physical mechanics, like gravity for example, which change from one planet to the next, and what Interstellar addresses, is that a small change in one place makes a massive change somewhere else. Not only does this make for some stunning visuals, but also some clever plant and payoffs.
The soundtrack is completely unique. Unlike anything I have ever heard in a sci-fi film. But it couldn’t be any more perfect for Interstellar. Its no surprise therefore to learn that Hans Zimmer produced the soundtrack. Unlike most sci-fi soundtracks which give the feel that a monster is coming, or that something scary is going to drop from the ceiling at any minute, the soundtrack in Interstellar works for a different reason. As Interstellar is not a scary film, with no jumpy scenes, the soundtrack works to set the mood, create tension, feel the characters’ pain and struggle. The sound design really helps to move the story along in scenes with no, or very little, dialogue.
The characters are brilliant and have been cast so well for their roles. The only downside of the characters is that you meet a lot of people very quickly, so it is hard to remember their names, particularly when someone says a name later on and you are sat there thinking “who is that again?”. I would not say that I was much of a fan of Matthew McConaughey’s work, as I have only really seen him in chick-flicks, but he was fantastic in this. An oscar-worthy performance without a doubt.
Perhaps a little too science-heavy, but nevertheless a powerful and thought provoking film. Whatever reviews you read about this film, you must find the time to see it for yourself. It really is an out-of-this-world experience!