INTERSTELLAR Christopher Nolan’s epic has an Earth apocalypse that feels all too real, but gets a tad lost in space
Let’s get the negatives out of the way first, shall we? Someone once cruelly said that Stephen Fry was “a stupid person’s idea of what an intelligent person is like,” and in a certain light, Interstellar is a dumbo’s idea of a thought-provoking film. Yes, to some, the quantumphysics-based sleight of hand that’s used to oh-so-neatly resolve the plot may seem like genius. To us, it’s sub-Dr Who pseudo-science that almost wrecks all of Christopher Nolan’s good work up to that point.
Almost. But the fact remains that a lot of Interstellar is pretty aweinspiring. At heart, it’s a poignant look at a near-future Earth stricken by almost total ecological collapse, where survivors (Matthew McConaughey as a farmer-cum-astronaut, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain) hang on in quiet desperation. The problem is that when they seek salvation in space, plot holes open up alongside all the black holes and temporal wormholes. Still, many will reckon there’s enough about Interstellar that’s good, so they can easily forgive that. $30 BLU-RAY, $25 HD DOWNLOAD, OUT NOW
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