What is special about Interstellar

Interstellar

With Interstellar Christopher Nolan created an unforgettable audiovisual experience. Not many directors these days manage to cast a spell over the audience with their works. Even if the opinions about his films and specifically Interstellar part, it undoubtedly always creates a fabulous atmosphere. What Interstellar makes it a masterful epic for us, you can find out here.

titleInterstellar
year2014
countryUnited States
DirectorChristopher Nolan
scriptJonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
genreAdventure, drama, sci-fi / fantasy
actorMatthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy, Casey Affleck, Timothée Chalamet, Wes Bentley, David Gyasi, Matt Damon, David Oyelowo, Topher Grace
length169 minutes
FSKreleased from 12 years
rentalWarner Bros.

What is the Interstellar?

The end of mankind on earth seems sealed. The air is not clean due to high levels of dust and there is also a food shortage. The single father Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) lives with his two children Tom (Timothée Chalamet) and Murph (Mackenzie Foy) and his father-in-law (John Lithgow) on a farm and plants corn. When fate supposedly leads the former NASA pilot and engineer to a secret base, he is supposed to lead the last mission to save mankind. Through a wormhole it is possible to travel to foreign galaxies and find a new home for mankind. With a heavy heart and remorse because he has to leave his children behind, Cooper goes to the side of scientist Dr. Amelia Brandt (Anne Hathaway) on a journey into the unknown.

The gloomy vision of our future?

In Interstellar we encounter a gloomy vision of the future. With the rural life shown, this appears less futuristic than many other works from the genre, on the contrary. This is symbolized by the sentence: “We don't need engineers, we need farmers”. The earth is dying and resources are becoming increasingly scarce. Literally nobody reaches for the stars anymore; the focus is on survival on earth. Overall explained Interstellar not too much about the world in which the action takes place.

At the beginning still by voices of people like from a documentary, who report in the past tense about life in this time. Later you can only get information by observing the everyday life of the main characters or when they fall into dialogues. Even if the future is only little explained and you have to imagine the rest of the world yourself, this way you get a good picture together very quickly, a feat typical of Nolan.

The art of visual science fiction cinema

Even if Interstellar like a hodgepodge of many science fiction films and classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey works, Christopher Nolan gives it an impressive tuning. In our time he is one of the directors who manage to cast a spell over the audience with their works. Even if everything he touches isn't gold and opinions differ about his films, he undoubtedly creates a fabulous atmosphere over and over again.

In Interstellar Nolan relies less on special effects and more on the use of handmade effects and brings these in line with computer technology. This results in really captivating and impressive recordings. In particular, the lighting conditions, which constantly change in the rotation of the spaceship Endurance, or the camera setting close to the outer shell, generate a perception as if one were on board, which creates a great atmosphere. However, these optical effects never completely take over the action. Every now and then, Nolan takes the freedom to be less serious and throws in unexpected humor.

The violence of the score

The look would be nothing without the sound design and the score by Hans Zimmer. These complement the visual impact and the action in all settings. As soon as the crew is in space, it is quiet. No sound from the score, just the voices of the crew. It shows the endless silence of space. Less authoritative and strong like Alfonso Cuaròns, for example Gravity, but still more than imposing.

But the most formative is Zimmer's organ playing, which downright crushes the viewer and creates an incredible effect. When the film starts and the first sounds of this score can be heard, you are directly under the spell. Hans Zimmer has created sounds here that go beyond his typical work. The score is omnipresent. These light sounds are repeated over and over again, reflecting the main theme of the film: Time. With his organ playing, he literally simulates the ticking of a clock. Even in the unimportant hunt for a drone, this creates tension.

More than just a simple science fiction thriller

The film not only works audiovisually, but above all also offers a strong emotional level. The ostensibly ongoing salvation of mankind is overshadowed by the bonds between the characters, above all between Cooper and his daughter. Cooper's conflict of choosing between his family and his sense of duty is an important point of Interstellar. This comes to the fore more and more, especially during the further action, when, for example, news arrives from Earth that does not leave the viewer indifferent.

If you have enough empathy for the characters' inner conflicts, then you don't care about their fate. It is not difficult to develop sympathy for the characters. Even if very little happens at the beginning, it is the foundation for connecting with you. For Cooper, a single dialogue with his children's teachers is enough to like him. This is of course also due to a strong performance by Matthew McConaughey.

Interstellar and his Oscar-winning ensemble

McConaughey's Cooper is at the center of the plot and therefore receives the most depth. But even if you only get a very superficial picture of all the other characters, they still work more than well due to the very good cast. David Gyasi as Romilly, for example, manages to leave a very decent impression with a little bit of screen time. However, there is not much to write about Anne Hathaway either. Your portrayal of the scientist Dr. As usual, Amelia Brandt has played impressively well. Besides Cooper, she is given the most time.

Michael Caine works like in that The Dark Knight-Trilogy, Inception or The Prestige as Nolan's wise owl who directs the main characters. Well-known actors such as Timothée Chalamet or Casey Affleck, as the older Tom, hardly come into their own, yet still contribute their part to the overall work. Mackenzie Foy can be seen as a good portrayal of the young Murph. Her older version rises to become the strongest character alongside McConaughey's Cooper. This is particularly due to the remarkable performance of Jessica Chastain, who is the only character ever to get screen time without McConaughey's Cooper being around.

Our conclusion too Interstellar

Interstellar is the dream of a science fiction fan. Christopher Nolan created an unforgettable audiovisual experience and a fantastic science fiction film. Outstanding images, the memorable score by Hans Zimmer and great actors. Matthew McConaughey shines with an extremely strong performance as a personable and intelligent family man. The remaining roles are also excellently cast with Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and Casey Affleck. The story is intelligent and profound, and above all exciting and emotionally gripping. Due to the continuously generated voltage, the considerable running time of almost three hours goes by in a flash and never lets you get bored.

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