Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Science Nerds will Love Interstellar

Review of the movie "Interstellar."
Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) explores a possible new home in "Interstellar."
(Paramount Pictures)
Christopher Nolan’s latest is one of those movies that makes me feel like I’m missing something. It’s Christopher Nolan! You know, the guy who wrote and directed the Dark Knight Trilogy and the mind-bending Inception! You have to love it! The trouble is; I didn’t. That might have something to do with the fact that I am not a science nerd, but I think that there is more to it.

Interstellar is based on the scientific theories and script treatment of theoretical physicist, Kip Thorne. Press materials suggest that the movie “will depict a heroic voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” That is a very true statement. This is a very deep movie, but not necessarily an enjoyable one. At least not all the way through.


The movie is set in the future where space travel in debunked in high school textbooks and crops are dying. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a former astronaut-turned-farmer living with his father (John Lithgow) and two kids. Tom, his oldest, is set to continue the family farming tradition while the hard-headed Murphy has her sights on bigger things.