So what does the genius Christopher Nolan do with his ‘blank check’? He makes a film that’s not quite on the level of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But honestly, what is?
Interstellar is epic and ambitious and unique (especially in the current era of filmmaking). The McConnaisance is the headliner of this ‘near future’ tale of a pilot called back into service when the future of the human race is in question (no pressure). A lot of science is dropped to explain the plot, all supposedly based on real scientific theories (I’m an artist, like most of you, I have to trust what I’m hearing as far as that’s concerned.)
So my nitpicks with the movie aren’t with the science that I can’t refute. It’s with the genre jumps. For the most part, this is a science fiction film, but there are turns where it becomes a family film, and in the last act, it becomes an action movie for 20 minutes or so (with a nice uncredited cameo from one of my favorite movie stars). The tone shifts work most of the time, but not all of the time.
But with an ensemble including Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, David Oyelowo, Casey Affleck, and Michael Caine, Nolan fanboys will not be disappointed. Definitely worth seeing (on the big screen if you can still catch it).