In 2008, while promoting “The Dark Knight,” as well as mourning the loss of their close friend Heath Ledger, Sibling Duo, Christopher “Chris” & Jonathan “Jonah” Nolan, came up with a first draft for their screenplay called “Interstellar,” it’s about a crew of astronauts trying to save their dying planet and their loved ones by traveling to another galaxy, in the hopes of restoring the human race.
Because of their busy schedules, The Nolan Brothers decided to postpone their project until “The Dark Knight Rises” comes to a close, after polishing their first draft into a fully upgraded script, filming begins.
Interstellar was released on November 5, 2014. (as in V For Vendetta’s “Remember remember the 5th of November”) It went on to earn a bunch of critical acclaim from critics and Nolanites (a nickname for fans of The Nolan Brothers) alike. Plus it also made a bunch of cash. I’m terribly shocked that Interstellar never earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture or Best Original Screenplay. But nope, The Academy decided to ignore The Nolan Brothers yet again!
Now that “Dunkirk” & “Westworld” are big names earning tremendous amount of critical acclaim, I want to share my thoughts on this movie and spread the word for anybody who hasn’t seen Dunkirk or Westworld. If I were you, I would definitely watch them right now!
The following review doesn’t contain any potential SPOILERS. Which means you are allowed to read this article, just in case if you’ve never seen the entire thing.
Breathtaking & Bombed Aspects
Breathtaking: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Casey Affleck, & John Lithgow, all did an incredible job on their respective performances.
Fun Fact: Christopher Nolan who worked with Christian Bale in “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” also worked with Ben Affleck’s brother Casey. Nolan also was an Executive Producer for “Batman Vs. Superman” and “Justice League.” As a fan of both Nolan and Batman, I sense a connection between the two!
Practical Effects were heavily used to create The Endurance, TARS, CASE. C.G.I. was used minimally. Actual locations were used to film a specific planet’s environment. As you may know, Chris dislikes C.G.I. and he prefers old school effects, rather than digital effects.
Cinematography looked amazing. It’s even more epic in IMAX screenings. Chris shoots his movies in IMAX Cameras.
Chris & Jonah both did an excellent job on writing the screenplay. Chris did a B.A. (look up the acronym on Urban Dictionary) job on directing.
The Nolan Brothers also seek help from scientist, Kip Throne, as a consultant on exploring the concept of space by taking notes on wormholes, planets & studying The Multiverse. One scientific example is the fact there’s no sound in space. Kip also worked as a consultant for another Sci-Fi film called, “Contact,” which also starred Matthew McConaughey. Make sure you pay attention to anything involving science or else it’ll be a convoluted experience. Chris expects you to use all your knowledge as a detective. It’s precisely what he wants you to engage on a journey of discovery.
A Pause Worthy Moment, shows a Stephen King book called “The Stand,” is displayed in Cooper’s bookcase. Matthew went on to star in “The Dark Tower,” which is related to Stephen King’s books that are all connected as a multiverse to The Dark Tower.
According to Chris, the film is inspired by Summer Blockbusters that Nolan grew up as a kid are “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Star Wars,” “Blade Runner,” “Alien,” “The Right Stuff,” “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” and “Jaws.” Jonah was also inspired by films with apocalyptic themes such as “Avatar” and “Wall-E.”
Besides Summer Blockbusters, the movie is also inspired by Real Life events such as The Great Depression, primarily The Dust Bowl.
Hans Zimmer composed a Steven Spielberg/John Williams like Musical Score filled with unforgettable tracks including “Cornfield Chase,” “Dust,” and my personal favorite, “No Time For Caution.” Hans deserves Bonus Points for orchestrating a memorable soundtrack.
Core Themes for this movie consists of Family, Separation, Time & Aging. Each theme is handled maturely.
The Best Line/Arc Words for me is, “Do not go gentle into that good night.” It’s a quote from Michael Caine’s character, Dr. Brand. You can also find it on the soundtrack with The Cast reciting the words.
Other Arc Words are Stay, 90% and They.
David Oyelowo, (known for portraying Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma) makes a cameo appearance.
An A-Lister makes an unexpected appearance. I won’t tell you who he/she is, you’ll have to watch the movie for yourself
A character named, Dr. Mann plays a huge role. A photo of his face is obscured (a la Ms. Bellum from Powerpuff Girls) until we get a big reveal.
The Climax got me pumped when The Stakes are drastically high. If you were in the film as an astronaut, you know you want to make it out alive.
For a Space Adventure, Interstellar contains a bunch of Dramatic moments. If you can’t handle Tearjerkers, you are gonna be crying with a bowl of onions right next to you! If I were you, bring a couple of tissues! I have to give The Nolan Brothers an Extra Point for making me cry.
There’s a Twist Ending that connects to The Story. I refuse to tell you all about it. You’ll have to watch the entire thing. Better than M. Night Shyamalan’s “After Earth.”
If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, (MCU for short) one character mentions “The Tesseract.” Chris & Jon, if you’re reading this, are you both big fans of Marvel?
Bombed: I couldn’t find any contrived issue with the movie nor a negative element for Suspending My Disbelief. It really deserves an Extra Point for The Nolan Brothers for taking a lot of creative risks by making this picture, as realistic as possible.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
In my opinion, this has got to be one of the best space adventure films of all time. Interstellar is one of my favorite movies of all time. The Nolan Brothers once again made another crafted gem. If you’re a huge Nolan fan like me, I strongly recommend it, this movie is a must buy on Blu-Ray/DVD. This’ll definitely be worth your hard earned cash! Bravo Chris & Jon for telling us an epic emotional journey across the stars. I’m looking forward to Season 2 of “Westworld” and another future film. I hope you two win an Oscar one day. You should’ve won for “The Dark Knight.” To bad The Academy snubbed y’all big time. No matter what, you’ll always be my personal heroes and inspiring me to come up with stories.