Writer/director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception) along with co-writer Jonathan Nolan, offer audiences one of the more intense, stunning films in recent memories. Yet, despite its beauty, Interstellar is wrought with issues that, although troubling, must be overlooked to truly enjoy the film.
Premise: Earth explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity as time on Earth is running out. Result: A powerful and visually stunning film that is very good, but not quite great.
The film begins with a series of quick expository segments from the anonymous elderly recounting the Earth’s transition to degenerating wasteland. Dust storms, ruined crops, decimated populations, are covered and intended to paint the Earth as a wasteland no longer suitable for humans. It is the twilight of Hope in our world.
But Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), an ex-NASA pilot, needs to hope for his children, Tom and Murph, his Father in Law Donald (John Lithgow), and the people around him near Nowheresville, America. And through a strange stroke of transcendent power, he and his daughter reach a top-secret facility that will alter their lives forever.