There is no doubt that “2001: A Space Odyssey” was an inspiration for “Interstellar”, one of the best movies of 2014. The Kubrick masterpiece is still a better film, but “Interstellar” is still great enough to make a name for itself, most of which is due to the awesomeness that is Christopher Nolan.
The movie stars Matthew McConaughey as a widowed ex- NASA pilot named Cooper, who is brought back into action after an accidental discovery of a secret NASA base. The movie also stars Michael Caine (a Nolan normal) as Professor Brand, who states “we are not meant to save the earth: we are meant to leave it”. Along with his daughter (Anne Hathaway), Brand teams up Cooper along with others to find a planet more suitable for the human race before possible extinction.
Like his movie “Inception”, Nolan has written a great story but with some confusion. Still, it is one that I realize I will happily watch again and again to get it. The movie is a bit long (some scenes I feel were not completely needed), but the movie itself is pretty awesome (the special effects will give “Gravity” a lesson or two). The acting is very well done (especially Jessica Chastain as Cooper’s now grown up daughter). The only problem I had with the film (and it was not done in “2001” which made that film all the better) was that it tried to explain too much, I think. In “2001”, Stanley Kubrick (the director) told us just enough for us to get it, but let us figure out the rest for ourselves.
Parents, there is some swearing (I think one F bomb), but that is it. I saw kids as young as 9 at the screening I was at. Another thing this movie did that I am very happy about: it did not come out in 3D. I am glad, because the special effects were so uncanny I was not even paying attention to them. I was just on a cinematic journey that I will not soon forget.
Overall: 4 Stars ****