In the days leading up to this film, I tried my best to lower my expectations. I've found that with recent films such as Gone Girl, where my expectations were exponentially high when going in, I've always come out slightly disappointed. Like practically every other human being living on this planet, I was looking forward to Interstellar, despite not being a Nolan fanboy. Sure, the trailers were amazing, but the critics said otherwise. There were no critics, or at least none that I'd read, that deemed this a perfect film. They all admitted its unfortunate flaws, some even deeming these flaws the reason the film sucks. I simply cannot understand this. Maybe it's because I deliberately lowered my expectations or maybe it's because this film is just a masterpiece of cinema, but I loved Interstellar and it's a film that you NEED to see, although I'm presuming you already had that planned for this weekend.
It's long in length and epic in scale, but it's a journey that's well worth it. The film's runtime cuts in close to three hours, in fact it's only eleven minutes short, but it doesn't feel it. Sure, I could tell that it was a long viewing, but it never felt unnecessarily long or tedious to watch. There's always something going on and this something is always progressing the story forward, giving us more reasons to care about the characters.
This film really does hit on an emotional level. This departure scene may have gotten my eyes watering, but they were bursting when it comes to a specific scene later on in the film. Just before we hit the half way point of our voyage, we're given a scene that's way too emotional for its own good, but at the same time it's absolutely perfect. I haven't cried harder in a single scene from any 2014 release, and you should've seen me during The Fault in Our Stars. Not only was I in tears, but my entire audience was too. I'm not kidding when I say this either, literally everyone in my cinema (a crowded cinema at that) were sniffling away at this particular scene, some minutes after it ended, myself included.
This finale tries hard to be ambiguous, yet it can't reason why it is. It leaves everything open for interpretation, hence my use of ambiguous, but there's nothing there to really interpret. It's the Nolans just making the rules up and expecting us to think about their fictitious logic. It took me a while to process it, but I've come to the conclusion that that's just not possible. There's no explanation of what happens in the final few scenes, yet the film thinks that it gave enough information for us to work it out ourselves.
And finally, the actual space sequences themselves are visually stunning. While last year's Gravity captured the loneliness of space and the dangers that come with it, Interstellar captures its beauty. As Cooper and his team of astronauts explore space and alter with time, the audience just stare in awe as we're treated to a variety of shots captured beautifully by a person that isn't Wally Pfister. Yeah I reckon, WHAT?!?!