Plot summary (from the IMDb: W In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.
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- The film was weirdly fascinating for me. There wasn’t a whole lot of “action” per se, but I was still glued to the edge of my seat (for the most part) wondering what would happen next. And even though the running time was more than 2:45, it didn’t feel nearly that long.
- I often have mixed feelings about Matthew McConaughey, but thought he was great as Coop. Perhaps not Oscar great, but as an everyman on a mission to save humanity? Definitely a solid casting choice.
- The time dilation on the first planet was very scary–almost to the point where it had me questioning my life choices. Can you imagine a tiny mistake (amounting to an hour) costing you an extra SEVEN YEARS in the lives of your loved ones?? My god.
- I usually dislike child actors, but Mackenzie Foy was awesome as young Murph. She really brought the emotion in a non-cheesy way, and I just wish she’d been around for more of the film.
- Speaking of emotion, there were many gut-wrenching scenes in Interstellar. For example, Coop and Mackenzie when he decides to leave (in her bedroom); Coop watching the videos of Tom for the 23 years he lost on Miller’s planet; Murph’s first video to Coop when she says that they’re the same age; Coop in the black hole when he send the desperate message back to himself to STAY; and of course the end where father and daughter reunite and she’s outwardly much older than he is. So many tears shed!
- I spent a lot of time wondering how the solo astronauts (like Mann) zipped themselves into the hibernation chambers. Didn’t they need a partner to set everything up? I guess I missed the explanation.
- I didn’t like that Mann turned out to be a weirdo flake who let his selfishness compromise the mission. That was a little predictable and the name of the character just made it seem all the more heavy-handed.
- The Tom-as-adult stuff was kind of boring and didn’t serve much purpose in terms of moving the plot along.
- Was it ever explained who “they” were that put the wormhole near Saturn? If so, I missed it — and that seemed like one of the key mysteries from the early part of the film. Was it just future humans?
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Interstellar. The reviews I read were pretty evenly divided between love and hate, so those didn’t help me. And although I generally like Christopher Nolan, I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi. But as it turned out, I truly enjoyed this film (as entertainment, not science) and give it 4 stars out of 5.