“Interstellar” Film Review

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Jacob Holmes, Writer

“Interstellar” is a 2014 science fiction movie directed by Christopher Nolan and features numerous accredited actors such as Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon. Its magnificent soundtrack is composed by Hans Zimmer, who is responsible for the music of many phenomenal films such as “The Lion King,” “Rango” and “Rush.” 

“Interstellar” opens on a future Earth, which has been ravaged by global hunger and large-scale wars. The film’s protagonist Cooper (McConaughey) is an ex-NASA pilot tasked with exploring the other side of a wormhole opened by mysterious benefactors for the purpose of discovering a new home for humanity.

Throughout the film, Cooper is seen struggling against the forces of nature, against the restrictions of physics and even against humans themselves, but his real struggle is one against time. While Cooper obviously wishes to save humanity as a whole, what he wants most is to get back to his daughter Murph (Chastain) as soon as possible. 

It is this human element that makes “Interstellar” a cut above the rest. Instead of pointing the viewers’ attention to the obvious worldwide predicament like your typical action movie, “Interstellar” focuses on the individual characters and their attachments to loved ones. The film’s stunning visuals and Zimmer’s dynamic soundtrack draw the audience’s attention to each and every second of the movie, allowing for maximum attachment to the characters. From more intense pieces like “No Time for Caution” to slower, more heartfelt ones like “S.T.A.Y,” I was blown away by this movie’s soundtrack at every corner. 

While elements like dialogue and visuals are certainly at the forefront of any movie, all truly great films are the coalescence of every little element, from lighting to the soundtrack to camera movement. “Interstellar” recognizes this and utilizes these elements to separate itself from your average blockbuster and transform into a truly powerful experience. If you haven’t seen “Interstellar,” I would highly recommend it.  After all, we only have so much time in this world.