If science fiction and space exploration interest you, so will Interstellar. As has been the case with many dystopian films, Interstellar begins when the earth’s resources have been completely consumed, save for the final crop that has avoided extinction: corn. This corn, however, is plagued by frequent dust storms that not only kill the crop, but also increase the nitrogen in the air while simultaneously decreasing the amount of oxygen. While this world faces extinction, there is a glimmer of hope; someone, or something, has placed a traversable wormhole near Saturn that leads to another set of planets and stars beyond.
The leader of a NASA outpost that lies below the surface, Professor Brand (Michael Cane), sends his best pilot, Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), and a crew that includes Brand’s daughter, Amelia (Anne Hathaway), on a mission to save the world. Cooper has two children and a father back at home, and the remainder of the movie shows his fight to return to them. Amelia and Cooper often clash as they encounter heart-wrenching decisions.
After a short stop at the first planet, which soon turns into an hour-long ordeal, the crew faces major problems due to the relativity of time. After this first mission, the best scene of the film shows Cooper’s daughter, Murph (Jessica Chastain), who is now an adult, crying and blaming him for leaving them behind for so long.
This scene, however, was not riveting enough to distract from the constant flaws in the film. There is no doubt that this epic movie was quite unique, but like director Christopher Nolan’s previous movie, Inception, the plot, and especially the ending, lacked any meaning. The plot twists that dramatically change the course of the movie happened too often, and it resulted in an almost three hour movie. I did not exactly feel inspired as I walked out of the theatre, but more proud of myself for making it through the entire film; I know one fourth of the theatre could not say the same.
After the journey through the boundless expanse, the next planet is where we meet Matt Damon’s character, Dr. Mann. The following scenes also seemed extremely unnecessary. The director’s Batman series seemed to take over for the next few minutes as a brawl ensued, of course, on another planet in the middle of a random galaxy. By the time Dr. Mann almost destroyed their only way out of the galaxy, the movie had hit its low.
Although Interstellar seems to finally come to a close after this adventure, it is in fact only the beginning. Parallel universes and black holes make for an extremely confusing ending. By the time Cooper reaches some type of familiar place, a five-dimensional world that was morphed into a three-dimensional space, I had a headache.
The role of love and its power at the film’s start was a nice compliment to the narrative, but by Interstellar’s end, it was too much to bear. We soon find that love, like gravity, can “transcend time and space.” This was the worst part of Interstellar– Cooper was trapped in a black hole for WAY too long, expertly navigating through five dimensions with an occasional scream for Murph to save him as he sees her through a never-ending bookshelf. Sounds confusing? Welcome to the party.
The most disappointing part, for me, was that Interstellar could have been a fantastic movie. The exploration of space was fascinating, the narrative was not bad, and the actors certainly did their roles flawlessly. The plot as a whole, however, simply included too much for a film less than four hours. Because it tried to accomplish too many things in one sitting, there was no perfect part of the movie. It all seemed very average. Interstellar is exactly what you want if you are captivated by space, but the film altogether was disappointing.