If I were asked to sum up what I thought about Interstellar in one word, that would be my answer.
This movie is truly a marvel of science and imagination, reaching a level so high on the creativity spectrum that it earns the honor of being called an orgy of science fiction.
Other than Interstellar, do you know how many orgies of science fiction I’ve come across in my life?
This is the only one, and it achieves the honorary status without giant robots or laser beams or invading aliens.
I left the cinema astonished, thinking about events as I drove home, as I woke up the next morning, even as I did my chores the following weekend.
I’ve always craved a movie like this
A movie where a group of characters would go out for the first time to another galaxy and explore other planets, not just for the sake of exploring, but for the sake of all humanity.
The director did a good job of shrouding the story in secrecy and I’ll respect the marketing technique so as not to spoil anything, but basically life on Earth has become impossible to sustain. Our protagonist’s grandchildren will be the last people unlucky enough to inhabit the Earth, and they will die of starvation and end the human species.
In similar disaster movies, usually some young scientist will discover a solution to reverse the problem, spread some pixie dust in the atmosphere, drill a hole in the ground and plant a nuclear warhead, then squeeze his eyes shut and say there’s no place like home three times, all while courting some sexy scientist.
But not this time. This time, there is no stopping it. The only solution is to ignore all sexy scientists, abandon Earth and find another inhabitable world.
With the help of some gravitational anomalies, and a bit of elbow grease, they do just that, and that’s where the incredible begins.
There are scenes in this movie that made the popcorn fall out of my mouth as I gaped in shock and awe.
My eyes opened just as wide as the characters’ as I gazed upon images that broke my imagination.
Yes, you read that last line correct, and I’ll repeat so there’s no need to go back and read it again.
So much did my science fiction craving mind revel in creativity that my imagination literally cracked and broke in complete satisfaction with visuals from other worlds.
But even with all these great points, this movie still has its fair share of problems
Firstly, it’s long, coming in at almost 3 hours, and it’s slow.
Sometimes it’s more like a documentary on National Geographic than an actual movie, mixing in theories of physics and astrology. So it does require some patience as you take in the story, something that I confess I was not capable of in my early twenties.
Secondly, there are times when characters make illogical decisions simply to move the story along.
There were things I wish I saw more of, but coming in at almost 3 hours, I think this movie just ran out of time, and it’s too bad that the director had to wrap it up.
It is a movie, after all, and we can only take so much of sitting and watching.
So is Interstellar the best science fiction movie ever?
Yes, and I say it without a doubt.
This isn’t just a movie, it’s a cinematic experience.
If you love science fiction, and you have the patience to endure story-driven movies, then you owe it to yourself to watch Interstellar, right now.
Don’t tell anyone where you’re going. Don’t even ask a question.
Just get out of your chair and abandon whatever you’re doing, head to the fanciest cinema in your area, get a hotdog, get some popcorn, get a soda, and watch.
You won’t regret it.
If you’ve seen Interstellar, what did you think about it? If it’s not your favorite science fiction movie, what is? Hit me in the comments.