Dir. Christopher Nolan
PG 13 / 2h 49m / Drama, Sci Fi
Critic’s Choice Award Winner (2015) – Best Sci Fi
Critic’s Choice Award Winner (2015) – MVP, Jessica Chastain
Academy Award Winner (2015) – Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.
It has taken me many watch throughs and hours of crying and existential curiosity to be able to write this. Even now, I can’t promise myself that I will give this what it deserves.
This film changed my life. Since college, I have nursed a greater interest in the universe and what it means to be human and astronomically small and insignificant and lonely. I have studied works of those who see beyond our Earth and perception of time and I have found hope inside myself because of it. In 2014, when I saw Interstellar on the big screen for the very first time (I cried for the whole 3 hours basically), all the things I have been reading about were happening in front of me. Albeit, I don’t want to credit Hollywood, but I have to because millions of other people have seen this and have become or will become soft to its ideas.
Besides the interdimensional travel and the three-dimensional space constructed inside of the fifth dimension and the construction of time as a physical dimension and the successful exertion of force across space time and finding Planet B and swelling with pride to be human, this one hits another particular nerve with me: the dad nerve. I am a fool for any portrayal of a good and honest father so throwing that in there shoots it straight to the top of my favorite films of all time. #3 in fact.
Cooper has children and an incredible burden to save them. How would any father approach this? Stay on earth, see them grow, see them succeed, but also see them die with the rest of the human race? Or, leave them, journey to the stars, get caught up in relative time travel and find a new planet for their children’s children? It’s a hell of a decision, extremely heavy and we are not allowed to forget it.
I want to share the dialogue of the scene that has stayed with me since the first viewing below.
Brand: Love isn’t something that we invented. It’s observable, powerful. It has to mean something.
Cooper: Love has meaning, yes. Social utility, social bonding, child rearing…
Brand: We love people who have died. Where is the social utility in that?
Brand: Love is the one thing that we are capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space.
In addition to exposing space exploration ideas that could be considered taboo – Interstellar tackles emotions and their impact on our lives, how they fit into our function, and how they can exist beyond all quantifiable levels.
This one is worth your time and your initial confusion and your disbelief. It may not make sense but it will, and that is what we need. Whether you want to hear it or not, our future is in the stars. It seems far fetched now but in 100 years it won’t. This is only the very beginning. See this film. Feel tiny. Feel intelligent. Be soft. Be amazed. There is so much to look forward to.