July 13, 2024

Film Review: “Interstellar”


This archived article was written by: Nathaniel Woodward

Movies are made to make us think about ourselves, humanity, our planet, the universe or any number of important aspects of existence.
There are at times in the history of cinema a movie that has the potential to be paradigm shifting.
In an age where mass produced special effects are thrown at us for no other reason than to boost the subpar writing or performance in a film, it is all too rare to find one whose effects not only make the picture believable, but plays to the exceptional material it is representing. “Interstellar” is one of those films.
The writers, director, actors, and visual effects artists came together to create something not only touching, but believable. The blending of scientific principles and theories was inspiring, with elements of Newton, Bohr, Einstein, Hawking and even Dawkins, Mendel and Darwin all converging to create an image of a destiny for the human race. Also applying not only entertainingly, but theoretically correct pieces of M theory, Quantum Loop Gravity, warped space-time and a unified field theory in ways that show why scientific research and space exploration are critical to the development of our cultures.
If anything, this film shows how art is a medium on which our best scientific ideals can be visualized by the masses as well as the academic with the outcome being what every scientist hopes for, the emotional investment of the world.
“Interstellar” is directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain and is a well spent three hours.