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Interstellar Film Review by Sean Breeding

When it comes to movies, I try to give everything the benefit of the doubt. Also when it comes to movies, there is only a handful of Directors that I actually have 100% trust in, and will watch their films no matter what. On the top of that list is Christopher Nolan.

If it was just the Batman Film, Nolan has me lock, stock, and barrel. You add The Prestige, Memento, and (even though some love to hate it) Inception, and you have a man that, in my opinion, has never delivered to me garbage on film. It is the reason why I wanted to go see Interstellar way before I even knew what it was about, because of the buy in I have with Nolan.

Having said this, I also wanted to remain objective, so as not to set myself up with possible disappointment, or look like I would be giving too much praise simply due to my bias. Open mind Sean, you must remain open minded. Needless to say, without throwing bias or anything else into it, Interstellar is the best movie I’ve seen all year.

No spoilers here, I feel like everyone should go see this movie, so let me just cover some basics. Much like other Nolan Films, the plot of the story is never the story, so you have to always take a bigger meaning than just a space movie about saving Planet Earth. This is why so many are not sure what to take from Inception: A movie about a heist though mind manipulation in dreams, in actuality, is a story of a man dealing with the loss of his wife. Once you get that, it takes on a new meaning, and the plot (and possible holes) are able to be overlooked at times.

Same goes with this one. There may be things if you look into it that may not make sense, but Nolan is going for emotion here, and he achieves it (in my case anyway). The performances of Matthew McConaughey, and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) are great. The supporting cast mix of returning Nolan people (Hathaway, Caine, etc) frame a good supporting cast as well.

The setting is a future Earth, but doesn’t go crazy like most futuristic films. No flying cars, basically everything is the same, the attitudes are just different, more advanced. The science of Interstellar may be up for debate, but I don’t go to Films to satisfy my science needs. The Film is almost 3 hours, so go with an empty bladder, because there really isn’t a point where you feel you should get up for a quick trip to the restroom.

If I was in charge of nominations for the next Academy Awards, I would be certain Intersteller would get a nod for Direction, Motion Picture, and Actor/Actress spots. Time will tell what (if any) it will receive. Cinematography is beautiful, so seeing this film at a big screen theater is imperative.

Don’t take my word for it, but go see this film. It satisfies on so many levels, I can’t give enough praise. You got me again Nolan, you find a new way to get me to invest for whatever you next project is.

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2 Comments on Interstellar Film Review by Sean Breeding

  1. Greg Roberts // November 16, 2014 at 4:09 pm // Reply

    I liked it. Liked it a lot. But I didn’t think it was fantastic. Character decisions and comments had me scratching my head. I didn’t buy that a 10 year old girl would hold a grudge so intense for 27 years. Didn’t buy the verbal exchange between Caine and Matthew’s characters where within 24 hours of accidentally finding the NASA base he is handed the keys to a billion dollar space ship. I bought the Damon character but I wish that Nolan would have taken a different route and not had the typical bad guy that every movie has and this one was lacking until Damon’s introduction. The effects were great. Acting too. But some of the human element keeps me from drooling over the result.

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    • Maybe I just took it a different way, I’ve seen family members hold grudges for years, but once it showed that she was working with NASA and kind of was attempting to add her help, I didn’t take it as she was completely pissed with her Father anymore. There were a lot of things I was able to push aside because I understood what Nolan was going for. Handing over the keys to a space ship to a man who hasn’t piloted a craft in years sounds silly in real life, but it was a movie, and the idea that he was the best they could do considering no one else even remotely could get past on a simulator just made sense for me.

      I think the reason I took much more out of this is that, even though I’m not a parent, I take care of my family, so the human emotion of that bond really hit a nerve. I know a lot have questioned it, but it connected with me.

      The only real aspect negatively was that strange almost Bond villain like character of Matt Damon. I get his desperation, but there was a point where I almost thought that he didn’t even need to be in the film. Just have him have died but show he sent misleading information in an attempt to be rescued but was too late on.

      Id love to hear a full review from you Gregmo, I always love your take on films.

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