Review: Interstellar

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By Peter Killip.

After the necessity that was our collective calming the shit down with His calling time on the Dark Knight Trilogy, we were all left wondering the direction the frown Prince of pessimism Christopher Nolan would take us next.

Initially picked up as a Spielberg project ( and boy does it show in places. ), it’s broader cinematic brush strokes are there for all to see and although comparative with numerous others, it never quite becomes derivative . Set in a not too distant future, where crops are dwindling, people are starving and due to the accepted notion that the moon landings were cold-war era propaganda , N.A.S.A are operating as an almost underground guerrilla movement rendered superfluous.

Enter: Ex hotshot pilot and single father “Coop” (played assuredly by McConaughey) who gets the chance to go full “Dreyfuss” and find us another planet to colonise/exhaust( see what I mean about the Spielberg vibe?! ). Where other movies would pad the running time with hackneyed  training montages and “Getting to know you” type camaraderie with the other space jockeys , this is unquestionably a Nolan number so wastes no further time getting to the glorious visuals on offer. Taking off where (visually at least) Alfonso Cuaron’s  “Gravity” left off last year, there’s an abundance of breathtaking cinematography that more than warranted my repeat tickets in IMAX3D, whether it be wormholes, tidal waves, ice planets, even dust-bowl Americana looks like a painting of cinematic hubris and superlatives don’t do justice.

Just on the off-chance there are still those sacred few that have yet to see “Interstellar” and not been victim to internet spoilery, it’d be churlish to go into specifics on the many comparisons but it does suffer a few choice Mis-steps ( chiefly: too many A-list cameos perhaps? ) but with such heart on sleeve storytelling in the Nolan-esque running time of 169 minutes on show, a blind eye can be turned to such things.

The curious thing in this outing is that in previous work, Nolan has been branded a cold and sterile film maker but in what is no doubt his most scientific, certainly bigger in budget and scope than usual, he’s also delivered something that could easily be his most personal.

After amnesia, insomnia, warring magicians, deconstructing D.C. Juggernauts, exploring inner space and now reaching for the stars, where will an emotionally grounded Nolan take us next?

5/5 Pops.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.


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