THUMBING REVIEW: INTERSTELLAR

Interstellar Poster INTERSTELLAR (2014)

FilmThumber Rating: 5/5 

Release Date: November 7, 2014

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine

 A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

 INTERSTELLAR has possibly been the most anticipated film of the year. It undeniably delivers and exceeds anyone’s expectation. The expectation for this film was rather high because there was scarcely information about the film and the trailers were all mysteriously handled. Christopher Nolan always promotes his films with a great deal of mystery and ultimately intrigues anyone more-so to watch the film.

This film takes your emotions on an incredible roller coaster ride. Not only is this film a sci-fi, but it has an incredible amount of heart which usually lacks in other sci-fi films. This is truly one of the few sci-fi films that will make anyone cry several times throughout. Most films with this genre focus so much on the visuals that they forget about heart/sympathy which Nolan was able to perfectly execute both aspects. Not to spoil anything for someone who has not seen the film yet but there is a scene where Matthew McConaughey has a breakdown moment and truly makes it Oscars worthy.

McConaughey plays Cooper, a father who leaves his children behind to take a leap of faith to try to save the human race. He takes this journey with Anne Hathaway, who plays Brand and has a bit of a colder heart than the other characters. In the trailers and throughout the press tour, Jessica Chastain’s character isn’t really explained at all and there is a reason for it and you understand it when you watch the film.

Aside from several unexpected surprises, one of the coolest aspects was how it was filmed. Nolan wanted to use almost no green screens in this film so during production, they actually created as much of the set that was possible. So while McConaughey and Hathaway were in the space shuttle, they were actually able to see what was outside the windows of the shuttle to make a more realistic setting. That ultimately helps the actors react to certain things better because they don’t have to imagine whats in front of them, it’s already there.

Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers both are distributing this film. Paramount was first on board to distribute it but Nolan has had a great relationship with WB (The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) and he wanted them to be a part of Interstellar as well. Allegedly, one of the reasons was because of the way Warner Brothers handled the 2012 Colorado shooting in a Dark Knight Rises showing. They reached out to the families who lost someone that night and donated some of the proceeds of the film to them.

Paramount is handling the domestic distribution while WB is handling distribution internationally. Now for Paramount and WB to come to this agreement, WB traded the rights for two of their franchises, Friday the 13th and South Park. As well as another WB property film which is yet to be determined.

Interstellar is definitely the best film of 2014 and an enthralling must see.

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