*The last paragraph expresses short analysis* In the midst of the best film of the year, my favorite film of the year, my most anticipated film of the year and all others, there lies the most important film of the year. I believe wholeheartedly that this title belongs to Interstellar. Don't get me wrong, I don't believe it is a phenomenal movie, or even something I personally love. What it is, though, is something that transcends time and space to deliver utterly ambitious philosophical themes and statements. It is extremely rare for this type of film to even exist. Movies that go bananas to deliver a statement, usually exist within the realm of indie films. Then there is the other spectrum where movies will have enormous budgets used to entertain the masses, but leave little on your plate to digest of any real substance. Interstellar strives to achieve both.
It shown immediately from the plot, that this film couldn't have been made on low budget. In the relative near future Man needs to go on a space adventure - go through Interstellar travel - to save the human race. Leading the adventure into the brave unknown is an excellent Matthew McConaughey along with Anne Hathaway and a few other great names. As they traverse the wilderness of space, they run into some awe inspiring events which I won't spoil as they are much better experienced first hand.
This film probably would have never been made without Christopher Nolan. I imagine that his name alone carried the project forward. There are few directors that carry that much of a name to be able to fuel their passion into an on-screen, huge budget extravaganza of immeasurable philosophical proportions. Props to him for developing that name. If you are unfamiliar to Christopher Nolan, let me remind you of some of the beauties he's directed. The first and most obvious is Inception. The film about a dream within a dream within a. . .(well you get it) is incredibly gutsy and beautiful, even if it is hard to swallow the first time around. Personally, I didn't enjoy Inception the first time, but with all his films - The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Prestige, Memento etc. - you begin to appreciate them more each time you see them.
This beautiful architecture is on display in Interstellar. Christopher Nolan knows what he's doing here, even if he doesn't put it within the right timeslot, work through all the kinks in the logic, or throw in the situational exposition very cleverly. What we are left with though is a beautiful looking film, that tries to be beautiful philosophically. It doesn't really work on all fronts as I continue to say, but you can't deny how ambitious this film is. It full-heartedly chases after themes and concepts of the fate of the Human Race, what needs to be sacrificed to save it, the flaws of Man, what is worth saving in the first place, and the weight of Love transcending time and space, plus much, much more.
Sure, there use to be plenty of movies like this a long time ago; but it is really only the Wachowski's and maybe Spielberg and Cameron that will get away with films like this. Interstellar could very well be the spark that ignites filmmakers to swing for the fences once more, instead of having their big budget films be incredibly vanilla, without much weight. Yes, I know film very much is an industry and they need to make movies that will appeal to a wide range to get their money's worth to stay alive. That being said, film is art. That in and of itself demands that we take it seriously. If we have a beautiful story, we need to deliver it on-screen, regardless of budget. I know, that is a quasi-hypocritical statement as I myself don't know the logistics of the business, and I wouldn't want to go in debt as much as anyone else. That being said, if we somehow were able to make these type of films have mass appeal, while still being incredibly compelling to everyone as a story (à la the Hunger Games Series), we need to do it.
I'm not so much saying Interstellar has a beautiful story, as much as beautiful concepts. If I had to place the film into five distinct acts, I would say only three of them actually even work all that well. With that out of the way, it at least tries. Let me repeat myself for full effect - it at least tries. This is more than I can say for most of Hollywood at the moment when it comes to making big budget, artistic "masterpieces". So, bravo Christopher Nolan.
Personal Preference: 3.5/5 Critical Analysis: 3.25/5