Lost In Space
♦Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk comes out in cinemas today Friday 21 July and so we at Tripwire have decided to rewatch and assess the nine films he has released prior to this just like we did with Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Bros. Last up is Interstellar, Nolan’s ninth film, which was released back in 2014
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine
Now we come to Christopher Nolan’s ninth film, Interstellar, released in 2014 and his last film before this summer’s Dunkirk. Nolan has often had a tendency towards films that outstay their running time and Interstellar, an ambitious sci fi epic about astronaut Cooper (McConaughey) and fellow space traveller Bradn (Hathaway), sent on a space mission to try and save an Earth that has been decimated by a modern-day plague, the Blight, which has hit all of its crops. It looks staggering as all of Nolan’s films since Memento have and the first forty minutes where we are introduced to Cooper and scientist Professor Brand (Caine), who also happens to be Brand’s father, do pique the viewer’s interest.
However once Cooper, Brand and co enter the ship, this is where it all goes wrong. Sci-fi is hard to do well and you have a few choices as to which approach you take. You can either go for the Star Wars or Star Trek route where it looks impressive but it doesn’t feel remotely scientifically credible. Or you can try to create something that has its basis in hard science so that it rings true a little bit like Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Andromeda Strain. Interstellar suffers because it has a story with no actual visual panache. The alien landscapes look interesting and the ship is well-designed. But the plot itself is so unengaging and the pacing is so glacially dull that you feel like you’ve wasted weeks of your life watching this. There is also no real chemistry between McConaughey and Hathaway so that by the time the stupid and illogical ending rolls around, you are glad to see the back of the characters and the plot. We get a totally pointless and arbitrary cameo from Matt Damon, which lends nothing to the film at all. In some ways, Interstellar is like the antithesis of Scott’s The Martian. It is joyless and empty
Nolan can sometimes be a cold director with his films lacking emotional connection with the viewer. Interstellar is the ultimate example of this and so is only really for Nolan completists. Please don’t take my review as a recommendation of any kind.