IN­TER­STEL­LAR Christo­pher Nolan’s epic has an Earth apoca­lypse that feels all too real, but gets a tad lost in space

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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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