Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Interstellar

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73% (Critics) / 89% (Audience)
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Written By: Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and John Lithgow
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Synopsis:A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. – (Source)

The Good:
Visually this movie is stunning and every scene involved with the mission that Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper was on were great. They alternated between thrilling and awe inspiring in their spectacle.
Also the idea of the Earth basically turning on mankind and becoming uninhabitable is a good one that offered up some interesting moments.
Matt Damon was really good, playing against type a bit in his small role.
And I loved the little girl who played McConaughey’s daughter. She was great.

The Bad:
No movie, regardless of who wrote/directed it needs to be 3 hours long. A little less self-indulgence on the part of Christopher Nolan would have been nice and he could have edited out almost an hour and this movie would not have suffered for it.
The first thing that should have been left on the cutting room floor was the subplot involving Cooper’s adult son. It was a useless waste of time that did nothing to further the plot of the movie at all.
And those helper robots looked like something out of an episode of DOCTOR WHO. From the 1970s.

The Ugly:
The levels of corniness involved in what I assume was supposed to be the “Big Twist” of this movie were appalling and I really do expect better from a director of Nolan’s stature than the trite hokum that was put on film.

Final Verdict:INTERSTELLAR is a well-acted and beautifully directed work that was on its way to being a really good thinking man’s action movie before it took a wrong turn into hackneyed sentimental pablum.

Grade: B-

4 thoughts on “Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Interstellar

    1. I have some friends who were completely turned off by the “junk science” of the film. And I have to admit the whole book shelf ghost stuff was really stupid.
      Thanks for stopping by and posting btw!


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