MOVIE REVIEW: Interstellar

Interstellar:  Mankind's Next Step Will Be Their Greatest.

Interstellar: Mankind’s Next Step Will Be Their Greatest.


Synopsis: “A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”


In earlier reviews, I developed a habit of considering every other movie the best out of the entire year. I felt that if a movie met my expectations, and granted few surprises along the way, it should be on a list of top movies that year. As of today, and almost certainly for the rest of the year, I know without the slightest hint of doubt that the new film by acclaimed director Christopher Nolan is the best movie of 2014. A fun, emotional, and extremely intelligent masterpiece, the film is the best cinematic experience I have ever had. Every film I critique from now on will compare to the level of perfection that Interstellar manages to surpass.

Regarding the technical aspects of Interstellar, a sense of both realism and originality blend well in order to make the movie be more than just a film. Practical effects, such as models and extravagant sets, allow the computer graphic imagery to appear all the more real and breathtaking. There are visuals within Interstellar I guarantee you have never seen before in your life, but goes beyond even some of your wildest moments of imagination. Unfortunately, the IMAX Theater where I saw Interstellar encountered several issues with the surround sound, so I can’t review the audio of the film in detail. However, it was wonderful for the most part.

Ironically, silence plays a key role in the movie; it not only provides a scientific accuracy of sound in space, but also demonstrates the power of Hans Zimmer’s score. Most of Zimmer’s recent soundtracks have become more experimental, and Interstellar is no exception. The music is nothing like his usual sound and deviates from his unique but very repetitive style. It is an enjoyable listen and one of the best scores I have heard in a while.

Another successful element to the movie is the cast. All of the performances are Oscar worthy and bring the movie down to a deeper and personal experience. Matthew McConaughy leads the cast in a very moving performance that commands the screen and the audience, while fellow actors and actresses like Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, and Anne Hathaway accomplish that same feat. The cast makes the screenplay come alive, which is spectacular in terms of its dialogue and ambitious ideas. Interstellar has plot twists and grand themes that should not be ruined by spoilers or analysis of the events that transpire in the movie. The less you know about Interstellar, the better the experience of its viewing is.

Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi is awesome cinema and more than a great time at the movies. It is very deep in terms of its themes and mind-blowing regarding its ambition. It is amazing to behold the movie’s simplicity in its complexity, and how masterfully it all comes together in what is one of the best movies in recent memory. I believe that this movie will receive even further acclaim and study as the years go by. Admittedly, the film does ask many questions without honoring them all with answers; Interstellar is nothing like last year’s Gravity. It is definitely an intellectual’s movie and is based around actual theories and scientific fact, while its story is timeless and comes before the exciting action. Interstellar is a masterpiece and obviously earns a 5 out of 5 star rating.

Rafael Guerra:  Rockland Voice Photo/Journalist Intern working the Movie Review Beat.  Msr. Guerra is a  student at Paramus Catholic High School.

Rafael Guerra: Rockland Voice Photo/Journalist Intern working the Movie Review Beat.
Msr. Guerra is a student at Paramus Catholic High School.

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