(Christopher Nolan, 2014)
Reviewed by Dave Lancaster
Summary: An epic adventure that shakes up what a film can really be, Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' shines very brightly indeed.
'Interstellar' is something else. More than just a film - a hypothesis on existence itself. Grief, love, yearning, learning - it's all here if you look to the stars that Christopher Nolan is casting across the screen.
Nolan's influences may seem obvious at first - without Fritz Lang's 'Frau Im Mond' and Stanley Kubrick's '2001', it's hard to imagine this save-the-world-while-examining-ourselves ship taking off.
But it's no tribute act to classic science fiction, it's more genre-spanning than that. A generational epic of Steinbeckian proportions, 'Interstellar' is almost like 'The Grapes of Wrath' and 'East of Eden' with a sci-fi spin.
There's a dash of John Huston's 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre' in there as well (with Matthew McConaughey proving to be a fine modern day equivilent to Bogart) and a wink the direction of the graceful beauty of Terrence Malick too.
Sacrifice and survival and the revelation that the two are interlinked throughout space and time dominates Nolan's picture as it swings between family drama, sci-fi, adventure and experimental. Because its anchors are so primal, the audience's grip is maintained even when a subplot in the middle involving a miscast megastar threatens to derail it all.
But comparisons on components aside, there's no denying that when you add it all together 'Interstellar' is daringly original. And for that reason, you must see it.