What happens when Christopher Nolan meets an extremely-difficult-to-understand-yet-fascinating concept?
The usual thing to happen is a great cinematic experience which will assure goosebumps, and Interstellar does give you several of those instances, but towards the end Nolan’s incredible imagination runs a wee bit wild.
Interstellar is a science fiction thriller and an emotional roller coaster which will keep you on the edge of your seats all the way through. But being a physics graduate, there are certain things that I can`t ignore. It’s just that, there are several moments where Nolan has tried bending Physics so much that it creates a few scientific flaws. Dealing with such delicate and complex subjects like inter-galactic journeys and worm hole can be unimaginable for several filmmakers, even scientists. Nolan has managed to fabulously pull this off with the help of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne.
Interstellar is the story of four astronauts going in search of a habitable planet, since Earth is on the brink of an ecological collapse with severe food scarcity resulting from regular crop failures. NASA is working in secret, since public should not find out the huge funding, to use the Gravitational anomaly near Saturn; a miraculously formed wormhole about 49 years ago, to reach another galaxy and find habitable planets. The team along with two robots in the space craft Endurance piloted by an ex-NASA pilot and engineer, sets out on a brave and magnificent expedition.
The problem with Interstellar is that Nolan`s imagination creeps into science, like a planet existing extremely close to a black hole or a wormhole coming into existence out of nowhere; both of which are questionable. Well, I guess this is what the fiction part of “science-fiction” constitutes. There are a few other qualms, regarding traversing a black-hole and sending messages from future to past. The narration is a bit slow compared to other Nolan movies and a little short of those marvelous one-liners and memorable dialogues which is a trademark of his epic movies. These won’t matter once you are into the Nolan trance.
Nolan brings out the best in actors and as usual, we have magnificent performances. Matthew McConaughey as Cooper gives a memorable act and moves your mind. Anne Hathaway is good as Dr. Amelia Brand. Jessica Chastain, as Cooper’s grown up daughter Murphy, delivers a brilliant performance. Michael Caine, a constant for Nolan Movies, is great as usual. All the others including Matt Damon, David Gyasi, Casey Affleck and Mackenzie Foy have delivered wonderfully.
Coming to the technical side, ‘compromise’ is not a word in Nolan`s repertoire even if he is dealing with things which humans find difficult to imagine. The movie has such impressive graphics that it has led to a research paper on computer graphics by Kip Thorne. Some of the greatest effects, real and & computer generated, in the history of filmmaking keeps you in awe right till the end. Brilliant brothers, Christopher and Jonathan Nolan has combined to script a blistering space epic, despite the fact that there are some big question marks over the logical possibility of certain events in the tale. Cinematography by Hoyte van Hoyetema and music by Hans Zimmer are out of this world. They engross you with the intense emotions of love, awe and despair.
Quoting from Nolan’s movie “Prestige”, “The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything.”
Interstellar is a fascinating cosmic feast which is as close to an actual interstellar travel that anyone has reached. Christopher Nolan emphatically manages to keep the viewers in awe of science. At same time, never lets them them worry about the theory. It’s like a magic trick. Audience loves magic even though they don`t know what is behind it. Interstellar is a piece of magic, you may not understand the secrets behind it, yet you will drown in awe.