Saturday, November 15, 2014

One of the Best

INTERSTELLAR (2014)

Produced By: Paramount, Legendary and others
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn and others
Pros: Excellent VFX, well-planned story, great cinematography, good acting, well-researched
Cons: Almost nothing
Rating: ***** of 5 (5 of 5)

Go out and watch this movie. Don't even waste the time it takes to read the rest of this review - just go and watch!

Now, coming to the review. In one sentence - this is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The five-star rating is a huge understatement: for science geeks and laymen alike, this movie just offers so much: scientific fact, philosophy and some good old fiction, all rolled into an extraordinary tale at the heart of which is human endeavor and the very Hindu idea of cycles of creation. And, a rejection of god to boot!

The visual effects in the movie are not just great, they're a scientific masterpiece. Everything from the wormhole to the blackhole are scientifically accurate in the way they're been rendered - scientific papers have been published by the VFX team! The story itself, as is typical of Nolan's skill, is well-planned with just the right hints at every turn but with the real tale revealing itself only in the very end. The director takes care to use cinematography to enhance viewer experience, but not to compromise the actual story (like Gravity ended up doing). Indeed, the director makes no attempt to treat the visual effects as the focus of the movie - there is always a strong story running through everything, which has become a rarity in cinema today.

Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathway steal the show with exceptional performances as they quite literally touch the far ends of human emotion. The script combines scientific jargon (simplified, of course) with myth, scientific needs with human emotion and nail-biting suspense with (limited) comedy. Indeed, it seems to have been written over a couple of times, because the story just makes so much sense. Yes, this is the perfect movie.

Well, almost. The problem is, unlike this reviewer, most people are not acquainted with relativity and it can get very confusing, even downright boring at some points. And to appreciate the artistic rendering of hr world inside a black hole takes a level of dexterity that should not be expected from the average moviegoer. That is the real reason some critics have voted this movie down. Nonetheless, this is still an exceptional movie and I highly recommend it.

If you haven't seen Interstellar, you haven't seen good science fiction. (OTFS)

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