It might be quite a while since I saw a film that completely projected me into a whole different place of contemplation and consciousness where my mind remains still, mesmerized by the ideas and mysteries unfolded in the film, and then I come back to my senses and just sit there in awe as the credits roll down. The last film that did this to me was About Time (2013) which was a beautiful film showing us how to live this gift of a life day by day and explaining why family is important and should be our top priority. Its been narrated and filmed beautifully and its a must-watch.
But then Interstellar happened.
A few days back I had the opportunity to watch a new installment of one of the most revered directors of contemporary times and my personal favorite, Christopher Nolan, titled Interstellar. Interstellar is a film beyond the bounds of everything – beyond imagination, beyond physical and contextual realities, beyond the scope of possibilities and beyond the seemingly constrained limits of our planet. And yet, the film showcases these “seemingly-distant” impossibilities and unimaginable feats to be vanquishable by man but only with two munitions – Love and Hope.
As Matthew McConaughey’s character in the film says, “Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” The whole film has been deployed around a future situation of the Earth where crops are dying and food is becoming scarce for the human race to thrive. And so it is upto the genius minds of scientists and astronauts to go on an intergalactic voyage utilizing the presence of a wormhole to search for the “perfect planet”, similiar to Earth, for humans to survive in.
The movie may have been imaginative in its approach to show what extent man CAN reach but they’re just all unverified theories. However, these theories had been put into the film with such authenticity (keeping all physical and natural laws in mind), that even NASA found interest in taking a look at the notes prepared by the theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, the scientific aid to Christopher Nolan. Thorne tried to make everything as plausible as possible – from the opening of a wormhole (which we still don’t know exists for sure) to showing what lies past the event of horizon of a black hole. See, now this film is a delight for science geeks because it somewhat answers some of their questions related to alternate solutions to human survival outside Earth and in another galaxy and makes them raise other questions too.
“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.”
– Frank Borman
What I really loved about the film is that even though it deeply shows how far man can dream, aim, and achieve, it also shows how man never forgets his humble abode – this tiny yet comforting place called Earth. Man can brave through humongous tidal waves, live through everlasting periods of coldness and darkness on a barren land and race past galaxies – all with a lion’s heart, but he can’t bear the pain of separation from his planet, his home, his family and his heart sinks into an abyss of despair and loneliness. This is where elements like Love and Hope give Man the gentle push to continue his expedition, giving him the need and purpose of his quest. The film may not be completely flawless, but it definitely teaches us that through love and hope, we can look up at the stars in the night-sky, and dream like we always have. I’d like to conclude by suggesting everyone to go watch Interstellar as its a wonderful treat both for the eyes and for the mind. The story is absolutely spell-binding and really awe-inspiring. I end with a beautiful quote said by Michael Caine in the film:
“Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Reel Rating: 8.9/10