‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ the words that ring prominent from Michael Caine’s mouth in the latest instalment of Christopher Nolan’s brilliance. This line sums up the feeling of unknown that we as the viewer are about to embark on as well as our protagonist Cooper (Matthew McConaughey).
In this latest space epic the idea that time is irrelevant in space is a huge part of Nolan’s story telling ability – touching on the multi-layers, in this case universes, of inception – and how the human race is running out of time.
I am a big Nolan fan right of the bat, but what drew me to Interstellar was that feeling of the unknown. Trailers didn’t give much away, posters gave nothing away and the director himself remained unusually tight lipped about the project.
With Interstellar you have to bare with it as it is a bit slow off the ground, but trust me hold tight as you are in for one hell of a ride
. It is Coopers mission along with his crew of Brand (Anne Hathaway), Doyle (Wes Bentley), Romilly (David Gyasi) and their trusted robot TARS (voiced by Bill Irwin). To find a new planet which can be inhabited by the human race.
Cooper leaves his family, in particular his daughter Murphy – a constant reference to Murphy’s law throughout the film – who grows frustrated that her father has left them.
This is where the ride gets a little bit bumpy, because time is irrelevant in space things for Cooper and his crew move a lot slower than they do on earth. Therefore the welfare of people living on earth is depleting rapidly.
Now I’m not one for spoilers so don’t want to give away too much of the plot line, but just when all hope seems to be lost, in true Nolan style everything clicks into place. The moment of relief when as the viewer you can finally sit back in your seat and say ‘Holy Shit he’s done it again’.
What makes interstellar even more compelling is the aesthetics and grit of the film, and the use of specific audio throughout – when they detach from the rocket and everything goes silent – really puts into perspective how little we really know about the world beyond our solar system.