Movie Review: Interstellar

I believe it was Stanley Kubrick who said n 1968, “If you understand ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ after seeing it the first time, then we have failed.” “Interstellar” is a far more accessible film then it’s 46-year-old counterpart, but in my opinion it is the first movie that equals the sheer magnitude of “2001” and I believe it is a film that should be seen more than once to fully appreciate.

I’ll be brief because it is a film that needs to be seen rather than read about. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and the always wonderful Michael Caine star in this story where the objective is quite literally to “save the human race.”

Combining elements of classic movies like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “The Abyss” and including several long stretches of scenes that harken back to Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Interstellar” is nothing less than part quantum physics problem brought to life and part classic Hollywood movie joy ride.

You’d have to be very cynical and jaded not to enjoy this movie, and, if you allow philosophical thought to combine with your entertainment, you’ll leave the theater asking yourself questions about the universe and the human race that you probably didn’t even consider when the movie began. It’s an experience that will stay with me for weeks and one I will see several times while it’s in the theater.

So in short, go see this movie on the big screen (or in IMAX on an even bigger screen). Let it envelop you in its reality and enjoy the ride. This is almost a perfect example of how great and thought provoking a Hollywood blockbuster can be.

[Note: I saw the film in standard format, but do plan to see it in IMAX soon.]