By Sean Walker – Collegiate Staff
If I had to sum “Interstellar” up in one sentence, I’d say it’s a movie designed to hurt your brain with its confusing plot line, but that would barely do the film justice.
To understand the entirety of “Interstellar,” one has to examine every aspect of the movie and essentially put the whole puzzle together as the film goes along.
But before I get ahead of myself, allow me to set the scene: “Interstellar” begins at some point in the future where Earth is no longer habitual for the human race, with NASA scientists trying to find a new planet that can support life as a means of relocating humanity.
NASA’s leaders, Professor Brand (Michael Caine) and his daughter Amelia (Anne Hathaway) have discovered a wormhole that leads, in theory, to another galaxy, so they recruit ex-astronaut Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) to lead an expedition into the wormhole to find a life-supporting planet.
It’s an interesting concept, yes, and the movie explores it quite succinctly. Unfortunately, the film gets a little dragged down by various subplots that don’t make sense until the very end of the film.
As Cooper and Amelia explore new planets, time for them goes much slower than it does back on Earth; several years pass by and Cooper’s children grow up without him.
Professor Brand struggles to complete a problem that has been troubling him for years, while Cooper and Amelia face perils they could have only imagined back home.
The flaw is that these subplots tend to feel less like necessary elements and more like baggage that slows the narrative down; and while all these subplots will make sense once the film is over, it’s frustrating to put the whole picture together as you go along.
What saves the film is the cast. McConaughey and Hathaway lead the charge with the same emotion and charisma that they are famous for, and Caine portrays the fatherly figure of the film with just the right touch of charm.
Another big plus is the superb supporting cast that backs them up, led by Jessica Chastain and Mackenzie Foy who both portray Cooper’s daughter, Murph, at different ages.
The visual effects of the film present a look at space that reminds audience members of last year’s “Gravity.” Visuals of unknown planets with landscapes of ice and waves as big as mountains make for an intense surfing party for Cooper and Amelia.
At its best, “Interstellar” is a slow-going ride that requires you to pay attention to every detail, with big-name stars leading the story to keep things interesting.
It may not be quite as enjoyable as any other Matthew McConaughey movie, but it can hardly be called a failure.