As days pass us by we find ourselves caught in the hustle and bustle of our lives. Some of us spend our days dreaming of another life other than the one we live, some find themselves completely lost in the tirade of hitting rock bottom, while the greater percentage of us are simply trying to make our way through the clouds whilst trying to secure a future, a legacy, or even just a reason to be remembered. It’s a rarity in this underwhelmed and over-saturated generation for an expertly crafted piece of artistry to take siege over our emotions and break our mortality down to the very fundamentals in which mankind is bred upon. We as a species have taken our home, this magnificent planet and all of it’s natural beauty and have corrupted it in a way that advocates the ideal that life outside our realm of knowledge, if conducive to any form of intelligence, would see the human race for the destructive force we are ignorantly and infinitely blind to.
How far will we, as people of Earth, allow the decay of our home to continue? Is there even any relevance in asking such futile things? While it’s easy for us to talk the talk in regards to doing “what is right” for the planet, it is far easier and disgustingly more common for us to turn our blind eyes to the path of least resistance and continue on our route of destruction whilst we wait for an absolution that may never come.
Mankind used to dream about our place in the stars, now we just worry about our place in the dirt.
Enter “Interstellar”. Set in a time not unlike the time we live today, if not perhaps a bit more desolate, we find the world in a perpetually fragile state. Food is scarce, mankind is on the verge of extinction, and the only foreseeable answer to the survival of the human race is to scout out and research an inhabitable planet in which to colonize and provide the remaining survivors with a second chance, a clean slate if you will. The brilliance of Writer/Director Christopher Nolan, partnered in pen by his equally gifted brother Jonathan Nolan, has brought forth a new light in the darkness that has become our reality. This visually astounding look into a heroic journey through time and space is intrusive in all the right ways. This film serves us an abrasive glimpse into the truth that our future has in store for us.
The name Matthew McConaughey spent many years being spoken with an underlining comedic tone, however time has proven that greatness can and will come from the most unlikely of resources. Mr. McConaughey portrayed an exceptional hero in the form of a man, a brilliant and chivalrous man, who’s passion to reach for the stars was tethered with uninhibited love.
Anne Hathaway captivated her role as a spirited and emotionally challenged genius who is torn between doing what is fair and doing what is right. Hathaway really broke free of her shackles of simplicity and provided a charged and affectionate approach to her place in this picture.
The visual style of this film can be best described as an anomaly, this is proven by the uncharted realism that the world on the brink of disaster would in fact appear to be. Dirt and water, such simple aspects to our atmosphere and are our true great constants in this world.. Dirt lies beneath us all and finds its way into the most inane and unforeseeable places. Water is life in itself, life cannot begin or continue without the very presence of water. Dirt and water are taken for granted time and again, but when truly appreciated can provide insight into unexpected cosmos that utilizes every aspect of your imagination and leaves you with a rejuvenated appreciation for the miraculous force that is their simplicity.
It is not so often that we are reminded how small we are on the grand scale of the universe, we’re just a microscopic speck which is part of a vast interplanetary system that stretches seven hundred billion miles long and that’s just the beginning of an untamed and unfathomable answer to mankind’s relentless question “what is out there?”. Perhaps one day mankind will find their answer, maybe we’ll collar space and time and bend it to our will, or maybe we’ll never find out any more than we already think we know, maybe we’re not supposed to.
“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.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.” – Dylan Thomas
I am proud to rate this film 9.3 out of 10 Giant Leaps for Mankind..