Director : Christopher Nolan
Written By : Christopher & Jonathan Nolan
Messing with time is clearly an obsession for Christopher Nolan. He plays it backwards in Memento, expands it in the dreamworld of Inception and now deals with how it can be lost through the wormholes of Interstellar. On the surface Interstellar is about the exploration of time and space, but it is really an examination of the micro versus the macro. While it may be admirable to stay with your family, is it more admirable to save the whole world, even if it means leaving that family forever? It's all a matter of your perspective and whether you'd prefer to be judged by history or your own daughter.
Set in the near and dusty future, the Earth of Interstellar is dying and a new home needs to be found for the human race. NASA has sent missions to the most likely options across the universe and through a series of illogical events, they want widowed Father of two Cooper (Matthew McConaughey)to pilot the mission to rescue these explorers. Even though he knows it will likely be to be the last time he see's his family, he decides to go. His daughter, Murph (Makenzie Foy and then Jessica Chastain later), doesn't take it well. His son seems less bothered and the feeling appears to be mutual as the focus of his attention becomes solely on Murph as the film goes on.
The crew of Anne Hathaway, Wes Bently and David Gyasi are a sombre lot, with the robot TARS (voiced by Bill Irwin )providing more of a companion for McConauhey than the rest of them. As they travel through space their conversations are littered with theoretical physics and talk of wormholes in an attempt to educate the audience so we can make some sense of what's going on. Turns out that time is not "flat circle" that McConaughey was banging on about in True Detective, but more like a piece of paper that you can stick a pen through.
Whether it's Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy or Interstellar itself, any attempt to resolve the meaning of the universe, without actually explaining the meaning of the universe, is doomed to feel unsatisfactory. Talk of Gods and Blackholes can derail a narrative but how these potential potholes are papered over that's important, and Nolan at least gives us time to get to know the characters so we care what the resolution is.
Interstellar works best if you just let it wash over you and enjoy the experience. A roller coaster is much more fun than a science lecture, and ultimately the grandiosity of the movie successfully overshadows the dodgy plot points and Interstellar provides a strong spectacle with enough stars in the cast to entertain sufficiently.