Benjamin Maio Mackay
Interstellar - .5 of a Star
This much anticipated Christopher Nolan film is an utter disaster from beginning to end.
“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die there...”
In this film a team of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and undertake the most important mission in human history. With our time on Earth coming to an end, they travel beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.
Like all Nolan films the movie was visually stunning (and with a $165 million dollar budget you’d expect so). No expense was spared on any of the visual effects and you could tell, but this obviously meant no one bothered to look into any other aspect of the film, like the script for example.
The story line was utter rubbish, the first half of the movie was all based on “actual science” and that was how it was being sold. Then towards the end of the movie they decided to add a 5th dimension and a whole lot more science fiction themes, which for the most part were unexplained! Also the film emotionally peaked way too early, this left the screenwriters in a corner as there was honestly nowhere else they could take the emotional side of the film.
Though the majority of the film’s science was fiction it was interesting to see the concept of “time is relative” explored and taught in a major blockbuster.
The performances from the cast were quite mixed, Matthew McConaughey gave a strong performance, as did both Michael Caine and Matt Damon, but the rest of the cast were quite weak. This may have been due to the fact the most characters in the film were quite shallow and lacked real emotional depth.
Overall no matter what I (or any other critic) says this film will do exceedingly well at the box office, but if you don’t want to waste 169 minutes of your time don’t bother with this film.
.5 of a Star
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening curtesy of Palace Nova Cinema