Interstellar: Out of this World

When I first saw Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, I had no idea what to make of it. It was one of the hardest reviews I had to write. When the credits began to roll, I had mixed feelings. I enjoyed myself; I even felt like crying, but at the same time, couldn’t because I was still awestruck from what I just experienced… but I didn’t know if I liked it. I usually write my review the moment I get home but this movie made me wait a whole day to process it before I ended up writing it.

I’m sure now I really liked it.

Here’s my review: Interstellar: Out of this World.

I will watch any movie with Jessica Chastain in it, or Christopher Nolan directing, and Interstellar had them AND Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine and John Lithgow... What's not to like?

I will watch any movie with Jessica Chastain in it, or Christopher Nolan directing, and Interstellar had them AND Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine and John Lithgow… What’s not to like?

I wasn’t prepared, as a viewer, for what I just witnessed. I say it many times, there are five different movies inside this 3-hour epic and Christopher Nolan treats each film with special care and so it was a little disconcerting because it affected the pacing and the treatment as it shifted from the father-daughter drama, to the science fiction odyssey, to the exploration of space and beyond, to the apocalyptic deterioration of Earth, and many other themes. Each of these are treated as separate movies but all intersecting with each other.

I was visibly jarred but, in the end, he kept everything together and brought it to its grand resolution. I was shocked. The sheer audacity and ambition — the creative vision — and the control exerted by Christopher Nolan to keep the film from flying off into space. It was thrilling.

I have never experienced a movie quite like it.

Watch it in 15/70mm IMAX film projected theaters, if you can. It’s essential to fully experience this film.

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