Interstellar- Movie Review

Interstellar It seems that Christopher Nolan has become synonymous with awesomeness. And with interstellar he doesn’t disappoint. This movie has Nolan written all over it- epic technical scale, a classy story with strong emotional content, Hans Zimmer’s music and Michael Caine. Written by the directors Brother Jonathan, interstellar is the story of a NASA pilot turned farmer, Cooper (first name is never disclosed) who is recruited once again by NASA to lead a special mission through a wormhole near the rings of Saturn. Early in the movie there’s a scene where cooper and his kids chase an Indian drone through a corn field. From this moment on the visual appeal of interstellar is mesmerizing. Through some physics only theoretically possible, cooper and his daughter Murphy played beautifully by young actress Mackenzie Foy) locate a secret NASA location headed by cooper’s former boss Dr.Brand (Michael Caine) Early on in the film cooper (who by the way is played by Matthew McCaughey) is faced with a dilemma. Whether to go on a mission from which he may not return to save all of humanity or to stay on earth and look after his kids. For some reason not properly explained he chooses to go on the mission. He is joined by Dr. Brand’s daughter Amelia, robot’s tars and chase and a couple of other scientists you don’t really care about. The scene where Cooper goes to say goodbye to his daughter is utterly unconvincing and disappointing. From this moment on interstellar is nothing but mesmerizing. The launch and flight scenes are absolutely breathtaking. Despite advancements in the field of special effects, the visuals used in interstellar are unmatchable. And the music composed by living legend Hans Zimmer goes just perfectly with the tone of the movie. Matthew McConaughey was not up to the mark in the starting and fucked up what could have been a pretty memorable scene but as the movie progresses he just keeps getting better. His performance in the second half is top notch. Anne Hathaway seems unconvincing in her role. Jessica Chastain doesn’t have much screen time but when she does she really is marvelous. But it is Mackenzie Foy-who is a revelation as the young Murphy Cooper- who (sort of) steals the show when she’s onscreen. Rest of the cast are good but offer nothing new. A special mention of tars and chase who are phenomenal. But unfortunately Nolan relies heavily on the emotional content. For people like me it was fine but those who went in expecting a sci-fi epic may come out disappointed. Also the movie is a tad bit longer. Some choppy editing (learn something from Michael Bay guys!) would have solved the problem but sadly that’s not the case. The cinematography is one easily one of the best of the year and captures space brilliantly. The visual effects completely elevate the movie but the best part of the movie is the absolutely mesmerizing background score. Despite its technical brilliance, interstellar is not on par with other Nolan movies. Don’t get me wrong, the movie truly is awesome but it doesn’t live up to the expectations. Somehow the movie feels a bit too mainstream for Nolan. I’m sure all movie buffs will agree. Classy Nolan is a hell lot better than massy Nolan. And sadly this is massy Nolan.

Just for its technical brilliance and background score which is supported by some good acting, interstellar deserves an 8/10

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The Theory of Everything – Review

The theory of everything, directed by James Marsh and adapted from Jane hawking’s memoir, travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, does everything right, yet fails to stand out. The main low of this romantic tale is that it tries to do everything by the book. Rather than focusing on Stephen hawking and his genius work like the premise promises, half an hour into the movie the focus completely shifts to his wife and true love, Jane hawking . Had this been the case for the rest of the movie, this “biopic” would have so much better. The mere fact that this a Stephen hawking biopic pushes director James marsh to keep changing perspectives. The movie tries really hard to live up to its title by trying to explore this great genius’ ideas, his emotional side and most of all his struggle with illness. The material is pretty rich but rather than exploring the great man’s life and his works like it intends, The Theory of everything is over all the portrait of a marriage. As for the performances . The lead actors’ portrayal of the couple is the only thing that elevates this movie. Felicity Jones is phenomenal in her role as a helpless wife who while trying to cope with her husband’s illness has to take care of their 3 children. She plays the role of Jane hawking with a certain flair that is difficult to find in modern age actors. As Jane must sometimes literally carry her husband, so does Ms. Felicity carry the movie, knitting her bows, setting her jaw and ration tears of emotion with a proper British aura around her. Eddie Redmayne fits the role of Stephen hawking almost perfectly. Hunched into a wheelchair, the expressions on his face are so lifelike that you’ll fail not to be moved. He communicates his characters feelings with nothing but his eyes. The smile across his face truly brightens up the entire movie. It conveys Stephen’s mischievous wit just like it conveys his intelligence. But in showing the application of that intelligent mind of Stephen hawking, the movie fails. Stephens work is shortened to a few compressed and overly dramatic and ,sometimes, cheesy scenes. The movie has a hard time following science and the supporting actors offer nothing new. This movie is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. This beautifully acted tale of love and marriage is beautifully completed by the subtle background music. The theory of everything cannot exactly be called a conventional biopic but neither is it a love story. Its falls somewhere in the middle. Fortunately for all movie buffs out there it’s made in the classiest way possible and doesn’t fail to move you. If you go in expecting a movie about the life and work of Stephen hawking you may come out disappointed but when viewed as a tale of love/romantic tale and most of all a movie about Jane hawking, the theory of everything doesn’t fail to impress you. 7.5/10 CONSENSUS: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING IS AN ORDNARY MOVIE ABOUT TWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE CARRIED ON THE ABLE SHOULDERS OF ITS LEAD PAIR.