Monday, August 31, 2015

Movie Review: Interstellar (2014)

Alas, Interstellar. You could have been truly epic.

Expectations were high for this film: it was written and directed by Christopher Nolan and its main cast featured an array of Oscar winners and nominees. ALAS. The film's stunning images and fantastic score (by Hans Zimmer) are offset by the clunky dialogue and contrived contrivances.

Le plot: In the not-too-distant future, humanity is on the BRINK of starvation as crops FAIL around the world. An "anomaly" sends engineer/ space pilot/ stripper-turned-farmer Cooper (McConaughey) to a journey BEYOND the beyond, TO SAVE US ALL.

The movie starts out strong, especially when focusing on the relationship between Cooper and his daughter Murphy. But once the story gets going, the sheer beauty of space onscreen is almost overshadowed by the heavy-handedness of the script. The mandatory eye-rollingly stupid decisions, moustache-twirling villains, and in-the-nick-of-time realizations had me groaning and grateful that I only paid $0.99 to watch the movie, thanks to the iTunes Movie of the Week program!

One final note: I like Anne Hathaway, but Kerry Washington should have been cast as Dr. Brand. I mean, if lips were the main category for casting (trembling lips = EMOTION), then Ms. Washington FTW. And Michael Caine could still have played her father, because why not?

Okay, I lied, I have one more thing to say: TARS is the best character in Interstellar. Fact. Dear Apple, please replace Siri with TARS.

TL;DR: Gravity > Interstellar. But still worth a watch!

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