Interstellar is set in the not-too-distant future where Earth is dying to a natural disaster called a blight. Earth can no longer sustain human- or any life form. Humanity is forced to look into the stars to find hope to continue the human race. The main character is a man named Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey, who is the widowed father of two, and a former NASA pilot. Cooper is reunited with an old colleague, and is soon asked to leave his family behind to set out on an uncertain journey to find a planet suitable to become human-kind’s new home.
Director Christopher Nolan is the man brought us the Batman Trilogy starring Christian Bale as well as the blockbuster Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Nolan is well known for his thought-provoking films, and Interstellar definitely falls into the category of thought-provoking.
Matthew McConaughey does a great job portraying a likable and relatable character in a situation that is not relatable at all. Besides the leading man McConaughey, the cast includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, and Matt Damon, and a robot named TARS (who adds some much needed comic relief throughout the film).
Interstellar is very brainy, and could be difficult to follow for some. This movie is over two hours, running at 169 minutes. It is greatly based on complicated astrophysics, theoretical physics, and philosophical ideas. Interstellar is not only a complicated, futuristic, science fiction, action movie, but it is also a tear jerker. It emphasizes the idea of family and mainly the love between father and daughter.
The storytelling will keep you on the edge of your seat and the twists and turns the plot makes will keep your jaw dropped the entire three hours you are in the theater.