As this is essentially a Film Studies blog, I think this gives me the right to babble on about recent films I’ve seen that have had an impact on me. So I’m going to take the time to write about my latest cinema trip to see Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi adventure / emotional rollercoaster Interstellar. I’d heard lots of great things about the movie, with my best friend only speaking good things about it. Not wanting to miss out on a treat to the movie theatre, this weekend I headed to see what all the fuss was about. As a warning, the film is approaching 3 hours long. But it is completely worth it. Although if you have a fear of the unknown (i.e the vast, vast expanse that is space), I’d think before you go to see it because Nolan doesn’t approach the matter lightly. It did for a little while stop me worrying about looming deadlines, just coming to realise how big space actually is – although not for long, sadly.
I don’t want to give anything away, and as the plot is really intertwined, it will be pretty hard not to. It’s a little like Gone Girl (only in this respect) that if you say one thing about the plot, it tends to give a lot more away than audiences should know unless they are finding out on screens for themselves. All that is necessary is that its set in the not-so-distant future, when Earth’s resources are fast running out, and its up to humans to find another home before extinction.
I’ve always loved Nolan’s work, especially his directorial debut Following, but this cinematic experience is like no other. Although there’s a lot to tackle, he does it beautifully, and not a second spent watching is wasted. I read somewhere that its like science lesson with Brian Cox… add some intense music and an impeccable cast and I think that’s about the right description.
Don’t miss out!