Interstellar – should you see it?

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An ex-engineer becoming an astronaut who leads the interstellar journey through a wormhole to finding a new home for the human race and rescue the Lazarus crew who left and survived in a new discovered galaxy with the Endurance spaceship crew.

Reasons to see this film:

“First of all, it is incredibly beautiful to watch. Honestly, it was so beautiful that I felt like I was sucked into the movie. The way Nolan decided to show some scenes really remind me of 2001 A Space Odyssey (actually many things will probably remind you of this movie). We can feel the talent of Christopher Nolan, just by looking at the way it is filmed. The techniques he used contribute to create that visual environment in a believable way.

The sound environment is just mesmerizing. It is a very important part of the movie, because some scenes take place in space, and Noland just found the right way to use sound. The soundtrack (made by the great Hans Zimmer) is breathtaking, epic, amazing, and unreal. I could find a lot more adjectives to qualify it, but you have to hear it to understand how epic they are.”

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Captain Interstellar

“I left the cinema in extreme awe from the visual masterpiece I had just viewed. A film that explores the psychological and emotional state of a man whose life revolves around his family, ‘Interstellar’ is a thrilling and thought-provoking film that boasts an intellectual story masterfully written by the Nolan brothers. Whilst there seems to have been influence from films like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and ‘Apollo 13’, ‘Interstellar’ is unique in its own way. Whilst the subject may be hard to comprehend at times, it can’t be denied how visually monumental and thoughtful Christopher Nolan’s epic science fiction masterpiece is, and can easily be named the best film of this year and possibly one of the greatest science fiction films to have ever graced the screen. A sheer brilliant feat of cinema.”

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Interstellar is a film that wins the hearts of the audience not only with its sci-fi splendor, but also an emotional story that lies at its very heart. This film is not only about the discoveries, space exploration and the final frontier of mankind, but also about the relationship of father and daughter, who were in a difficult situation in life when one has to leave the other in the name of a goal that can not be underestimated. So, with what Nolan’s genius unfolds before us this action is beyond praise. Combining the story, filled with not only real science fiction, but the true human values and emotions, outstanding and very emotional performances, breathtaking visuals, epic and dramatic soundtrack, Christopher Nolan breathed the life into this film by his directing to create something truly masterpiece again.”

 

Reasons NOT to see this film:

“The universe is full of fascinating facts. It’s mind-bending to contemplate, for example, the awesome size of our galaxy. Light travels 186,000 miles per second and yet it takes 100,000 years for a single beam of light to cross the entire Milky Way Galaxy. And our galaxy, to quote Carl Sagan, is only one among billions and billions. The vastness of space truly is stunning.

But thanks to a “worm hole” the folks in Interstellar leave the Milky Way in a cosmic snap of the fingers. And yet, having just achieved this most amazing of all feats, our heroes are pretty much bored to tears. Instead, everybody is more concerned with some father/daughter relationship that wasn’t developed in the first place.

Look, if you’re going to make a movie that purports to explore the fascinating mysteries of the universe, then do it! Have some wonderment in the story. Dazzle me not only with visuals, but also with amazement at the astonishing scope of our universe. And why not produce a script that obeys the laws of astrophysics, or at least some theories thereof?

Stay home and read a good book instead, or just gaze out at the night sky and reflect on our amazing universe.”

 

MV5BMzE3MTM0MTc3Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDIyODgxMzE@._V1__SX1189_SY686_“The whole idea behind the plot is that McConaughey ended up in this blackhole where 5 dimensions were compressed into 3 dimensions and stuff, and where he was able to manipulate gravity by sending his daughter the message which was imperative for saving humanity. So what in fact happened is through this ridiculously improbable chain of events McConaughey ended up inside this black hole. All this was apparently the result of a bigger plan all along. Was there really no easier way for (future humans/aliens) to transmit this data, and if they built this time-space warping machine inside the black hole – means they had access to the data all along? And also means they chose McConaughey daughter on purpose? So I don’t understand, what was this purpose? Could they not have connected their portal to professor’s office a long time ago, or go for one of the ten billion more rational alternatives?

On a side note: is it not funny how McConaughey ignored the message NOT TO GO from the same ‘ghost’ yet followed the rest of the directions? While in the end of the movie he idiotically repeats his feeble attempt. Had he added ‘it’s you dad’ or any other sensible hint he would have saved his daughter years of suffering (and maybe a lifetime for himself when he realises this). And I don’t even want to get into how ridiculous it is that he transmitted data by moving the hands on the watch, which was unaffected after being picked up, meaning it was hardly gravitational manipulation was it? What was the point of trying to be scientific and trying to explain it in this way then. If he could do that, he ought to have found a better solution that did not require his daughter 25 years to figure out.

And anyway, they saved humanity by building this massive station named after his daughter (by that time they knew what he went through and they still named it after her?). Why couldn’t they have done the same thing on Earth? Just build the same goddamn station on Earth without needing to harvest their gravitational energy bullsh*t, bam, humanity saved in the same way.

Grand ideas don’t make great movies if you can’t deliver them properly… It is atrocity to compare this to Kubrick’s masterpiece…”

MV5BMTAyOTI5MTg5MDFeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDYyMjg4MTMx._V1__SX1189_SY686_“The issues I have with Interstellar are essentially these: The film is an arse-numbing three hours long, and feels far longer. The pace is stunningly poorly judged – the first hour in particular could have been cut to ten minutes and far more would have been gained than lost.

The characters are paper-thin, and I didn’t care about any of them. The plot is entirely derivative (mostly of the vastly superior “Contact”). The special effects aren’t special at all and the editing (or lack of) is so self-indulgent it is a text book example of a director so enamoured with his project that he loses objectivity. The result is a plodding, flabby, and desperately dull movie devoid of any real excitement or emotional impact.

I won’t go on, but special mention must be made of the planets – Paddling World and Coldworld. You see virtually nothing of either, and so utterly uninteresting are they that what should have been a moment of genuine cinematic wonderment was squandered with a bit of poor CGI painfully inferior to “A Perfect Storm” and a location less dramatic than your own back garden.

I’ve probably not been a brief as I intended, but as I write this I feel the disappointment and actual anger I felt on leaving the cinema bubbling to the surface again. It was a total let-down and a waste of more than three hours of my life. The gushing reviews on here are ridiculous and absurd, and I am forced to conclude that reviewers either watched a different film to me, or saw something so brilliant it completely passed me by. I am fairly confident I didn’t doze off, although I desperately wanted to.

So in conclusion, “Contact” did all of this far, far better, fifteen years ago. In Contact the characters are human, believable, beautifully realised and you care what happens to them. The relationship between Father and Daughter is deeply moving and inspiring. But then the plot is far more sophisticated anyway, dealing with the social tensions and impact of the discovery of extra-terrestrial life, the science is accurate and entirely plausible (it was written by Carl Sagan after all), the movie is genuinely thrilling and full of spectacle, and it has something very profound to say.

Contact is everything Interstellar is not, and it has a considerably shorter running time. Contact brought tears to my eyes, Interstellar bored me to tears.”

And what is your opinion?

 

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