Christopher Nolan’s overwhelming, immersive and time-bending space epic ‘Interstellar’ makes Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’ feel like a palate cleanser for the big meal to come. Where ‘Gravity’ was brief, contained and left the further bounds of the universe to our imagination, ‘Interstellar’ is long, grand, strange and demanding – not least because it allows time to slip away from under our feet while running brain-aching ideas before our eyes. It’s a bold, beautiful cosmic adventure story with a touch of the surreal and the dreamlike, and yet it always feels grounded in its own deadly serious reality.
You might understand the science (influenced by the involvement of physicist KipThorne), but the chances are you won’t. Yet still ‘Interstellar’ inspires trust, and all the formulae and ample talk of wormholes is best taken as mood music. Also, despite the cosmic canvas, ‘#Interstellar’ is still one of the most earthbound films to date from Nolan, and the one most in tune with its emotions.
Parallels to Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ are more than obvious; they’re ingrained: we’re invited to wonder at staggering imagery and listen to unnerving silence as well as HansZimmer’s organ-heavy score.
‘Interstellar’ is, in large part, a spectacle. But it also asks you to think hard, look hard and urges you to return for more. Why only ask for the stars when you can have moons, distant planets, extra dimensions, lectures on physics and a sobering shot of terror? ‘#Interstellar’ has it all.
Moral Of the film: What Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman & Stephen Hawking cannot explain to the masses over the years, Christopher Nolan did it in 2hrs 50 mins sharp. That the beauty of CINEMA.
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