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exquisite LOVE STORY, magnificent SciFi setting
Reviewed in Canada on May 10, 2019
Christopher Nolan and INTERSTELLAR were rudely slighted in the past award season. It should have been nominated for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Director, Cinematography, in addition to the actual nominations in the Sound, Production Design, Score and Visual Effects (winner) categories. (In a time of gratuitous green-screen/CGI-everything, all of the interior sets were practical.) The digital code did not work me.
First and foremost, INTERSTELLAR is an healthy and heartfelt love story - about fathers and daughters. It's about smart, capable and caring female characters (who never need to ape macho-alpha-male-ness in order to hold their own); about humanity transcending ecological/planetary apocalypse; and about immensely innovative and entertaining Nolan-esque visual and dramatic presentations of science (physics/relativity/cosmology, biology/ecology, the psychology of survival - individual and genomic) all truly in service of story. With thanks and praise for the active participation of Kip Thorne (read his fantastic companion book _The_Science_of_Interstellar_).
There any many, many layers to this story, that fully merit multiple, caffinated viewings over time. There are new things to discover with each attentive viewing, I promise you. Never once was my intelligence, or my gut, abused or insulted.
None of us, today, are functionally-aware five-dimensional beings, so, INTERSTELLAR is the closest you can get to thinking/feeling like one for the time being, no pun intended. There are also no glaring, stereotypical conflicts between "scientific" and "spiritual" interpretations of this film. How wonderfully deep and refreshing.
You might very well notice loving homages to 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY, among other time-proven cinematic classics, but none of that is gratuitous or a rip-off. They are respectful nods to the broad artistic shoulders that Nolan stands on today.
I also think that the film was perfectly cast, from end-to-end. Can't go into that anymore without giving away spoilers.