Movie #19 Interstellar

An ex pilot must discover if humanity has a future among the stars.

 

I am going to preface my entire review of this movie by saying that it is totally 100% biased. This movie speaks to my greatest passions, hopes and desires on a level that no movie has quite done before and for that I will be unable to rate it fairly.

 

The movie follows an ex pilot named Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) living on Earth a generation after some global food crisis. Through a strange accident he discovers that NASA is now looking to find a new planet to call home and needs his help. I wont go into more detail as I truly don’t want to spoil the great story of this film but I will say I thoroughly enjoyed it.


No, I more than thoroughly enjoyed it… my greatest love for quite a long time has been for the future of mankind. I find myself frequently fantasizing about what lies in store for our species and this films plot played that very specific fascination like a fiddle. I am not ashamed to admit that on a few occasions during this film my eyes welled with tears, but not tears of sadness, and not even quite tears of happiness. These were tears of hope, tears of a faith in an endlessly bright future.

 

I could go on and talk about the mesmerizing special effects, the epic score that accompanied the action and drama, and the engrossing acting, but honestly all of those were just bit players in my love of this film. The message of this film, and how well it got it across is what truly makes me love it. It’s message can be most easily summed up by the poem oft quoted through the film.

 

“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

 

In all honesty there is plenty to dislike about this film. But, none of that matters to me. This film stokes something primal, something innate to my being and I will never quite forget that. 10/10

Available on Amazon Prime streaming