Running Time (minutes): 169
Description: In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Well, that was amazing. I watched a romantic comedy with McConaughey last week and here, too, his accent kind of diminishes his character’s credibility for me. Mackenzie Foy and Michael Caine were fantastic, though, and Foy in particular. On the negative side, there’s too much science in it and I didn’t understand half of it, but once you accept that, it’s a rollercoaster from beginning to end. My brother is studying physics and assures me that you can’t possibly travel back in time, only to the future. The message that Cooper sends to his dad in space where he literally says ‘my wife says I should let you go so I’m letting you go’ is just rushed and stupid and I would have liked Murph to be a little younger at the end. Other than that, great, great story.
Now, the score. I’m currently going through an anti-Zimmer phase for several reasons. First of all, I felt I already knew everything about this score before having heard one single note because the hype was, yet again, completely out-of-control. How many times did I hear that story about Nolan not telling Zimmer it was about space travel and how he only knew about the father-daughter thing and blah blah blah. Then I had the opportunity to hear Zimmer rape Interstellar at his live show with guitars, guitars and guitars (after all, the populace cannot be expected to listen to organs, can they?) Also, Zimmer’s basic technique for tackling scenes bothers me: he sometimes has great ideas, but repeats them again and again and again without ever actually going anywhere with them. Now, this score undoubtedly has a few magnificent moments of stunning virtuosity and some quieter, emotional moments receive perfect, gentle piano music, but other such moments are scored insufficiently and it would all be so much more exciting if Zimmer had sometimes used another key. Having said all that, 90% of the music worked in the film and if Nolan refuses to let Zimmer watch his movies, I can’t blame him for not composing music for individual moments.
I watched this movie using cheap headphones, but still some scenes sounded like earthquakes. What is it with today’s movies and bass? Some of the low frequencies even distorted the dialogue and there were a few extreme volume changes too.
The Orange Is The New Black narrator did the audio description again, but I got so swept up in this movie that I didn’t even notice her after a while, something that has never happened before. She did, however, introduce the characters rather badly in the beginning.