Interstellar (2014)


Christopher Nolan is used to hard work, everyone knows that he thoroughly approaches the topic he intends to cover in the film on which he will imprint his directorial stamp. That is why it is nothing new to reprise a triple role, as has often been the case in some of his earlier projects (director, co-writer and producer). Okay, it should be mentioned that his brother Jonathan Nolan presented the main part of the work in writing the script, but it is clear from each shot who is the head of the parade and whose is the last one.

Deployed in the near future, the plot brings to the fore the former pilot and astronaut Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) who turned to the earth and is now engaged in agriculture to feed his family. The plot takes place when an experienced adventurer interprets the dust particles that fall into his daughter’s room as a binary code, which brings him to a well-camouflaged scientific research base. There, he meets the creator of the idea, Professor Brenda (Michael Caine), a man who may have a solution to save a stumbled human civilization. Is human colonization possible on one of the three distant planets, located in another galaxy…

Nolan’s directorial manuscript is recognizable, starting with a sufficiently provocative topic (I would add grandiose ones) which he dealt with, along with the proverbially well-developed characterization of the main characters. But, he is taking a step further here, because he obviously had the ambition to make a film when all members of one average family will be able to watch it. In addition to the indisputable scientific basis of everything we see and which ultimately forms an important segment of the whole story, the genius filmmaker did not miss the opportunity to pay significant attention to what makes us human, to remind us of our humanity, our emotions. However, humans are not machines (robots), and they are still guided by some justifiable, subjective criteria when making difficult decisions on which the fate of the entire human race may depend. just as human).

The human error factor is still present, regardless of high technology – advanced high-tech equipment, smart robots and the vast knowledge possessed by members of the small crew (although mostly limited in the domain of theory). Therefore, the impression is that the narrative is well colored with sentimental tones, and the pathos overwhelms us from the darkness of the cosmic wasteland. Love for one’s neighbor (children, parents, friends) is constantly in collision with the tendency to go far enough, somewhere where no man has reached yet. The end is near and an alternative must be found, if such a thing really exists, and all that requires sacrifices, renunciation of pleasures, such as to watch your children grow up carefree and eventually become mature, adult people.

The term ‘time’ has proven to be an extremely fun toy that Nolan skillfully manipulates and builds a fairly realistic story. It is worth recalling that the eminent Kip Thorne, one of the most important physicists of the 20th century, known for his theories on the influence of gravity on black holes and wormholes, was present at the filming as an expert consultant (or film producer: executive producer). of different dimensions of time and space, which, in simple terms, allows it to penetrate another galaxy in a shorter time).

Maybe for these reasons, this sci-fi adventure did not offer some excessive action, enriched with a series of special (but also cheap, empty) effects and tricks. I think that the moderately dosed visual spectacle hit the center, because it gives the entire work a sufficient dose of authenticity. What particularly fascinated me was the fact that a film that lasts close to three hours is not boring for a second, it simply does not have a sequence that we would inadvertently determine is superfluous or unnecessarily protracted. So what is the secret?

The skillfully made casting gathered a small but magnificent cast. Matthew McConaughey is proving his acting class again, because he embodied a complex character in which an adventurous spirit and strongly expressed fatherly love are united, supported by an incredible dose of positive energy and optimism. He is accompanied by the masterful Jessica Chastain, but I would like to emphasize that the little ten-year-old Marf was brought to life on the big screen by the sympathetic Mackenzie Foy (I am convinced that we will see this child more often in American films).