Interstellar

Interstellar ★★★★★

"I love you forever. And I'm coming back. I'm coming back."

I don't even really know where to start with this and I don't really actually know what I want to say. One part of me just wants to say this is a masterpiece and leave it at that, but the other part of me just wants to write and write, rambling away about how much I loved this.

I think I'll just go ahead and do both.

This is a masterpiece.

I'm mad that it actually took me so long to watch this. I think one thing that stopped me was the hefty run time and I always found it a bit daunting, combined with the fact that all I ever seemed to hear about this was apparently how 'confusing' it was. In hindsight having watched it I realise that these reasons for putting watching it off were absolutely ridiculous and absolutely not true. Yes, this film is complex and its smart and it could be confusing to some but if you watch it and I mean you really watch it and you concentrate and follow it properly then there's absolutely nothing confusing about this and its relatively easy to follow. Usually I don't do well with films like this and usually I do find them confusing and hard to follow but there was something about this, and I don't know what it was, that completely got me and drew me in and I was mesmerised for the entire run time. In fact, the run time flew over and I only checked how long it had been on until there was around 40 minutes left. Now for me, a person who often struggles to sit through any film longer than 90 minutes, to me this already proves just how fucking special interstellar is.

Mr Christopher Nolan, Sir, you are a genius. There's not much more I can say about him than that, whether I like it or not every single one of his films has completely blown me away and messed with my mind in the best possible way ever. I don't quite know who, except Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, can come close to doing that.

Every single scene, every single part of this was spectacular but jesus ... that god damn bookshelf. Wow. I'd listened to the soundtrack a couple of times before watching this and I distinctly remember listening to S.T.A.Y. and crying my eyes out even though I had no idea of the context or what scene it was set to. I tried to imagine how it might be used in the film but I never could have imagined anything quite like that bookshelf scene that takes place in the last 25 minutes of the film. I don't think I cry that much in my life or at films, but I cried so much at that scene set to that track that I could barely see anything and my cheeks were stinging from wiping my tears away.

Whilst we're on the topic of S.T.A.Y. oh boy oh boy that soundtrack. Hans Zimmer, I bow down to you, the master. It's hard to imagine this film without that mammoth soundtrack and it really is, for me at least anyway, a huge part of what makes this film so spectacular and moving.

Those last 25 minutes or so, as I mentioned with the bookshelf scene were absolutely excruciating. Watching everything slowly come together was somehow both moving and frustrating at the same time. At the end I realised I'd been biting my thumb and at the time I hadn't even realised because I was so invested and mesmerised, someone could have probably came in my room and slapped me straight in the face and I wouldn't have even realised. That's a stupid example, I know, but I really just want to emphasise how drawn into this I really was. It had my complete and utter undivided focus and attention throughout the entire run time, and as I already mentioned its quite hard for me to feel that with most films, usually I get bored so the fact that I didn't with this was special.

I think one of the reasons for that and one of the things that was really special to me and actually something I kind of related to a bit was the relationship between Murph and Cooper. I don't want to get too personal or emotional or soppy but in a kind of stupid way I saw a lot of myself and my own experiences in this. Obviously not with space and saving the earth and what not, I'm talking on a much smaller scale but you're smart people so you already know that. When I was growing up I was really close to my Dad, he was my best friend and he used to work away and I remember, still to this day as I'm typing this, the feeling I had when he left on a Monday morning and then the feeling I had on a Friday coming out of school and seeing him there waiting for me in the playground and quite literally picking me up and spinning me around and hugging me. I'll never forget that. That's one of the things I remember most about my childhood and I think that's why I found this so emotional and moving and why I cried like every 10 minutes or at least every time part of their relationship was played out on screen.

Much like I'm feeling at the end of this review, I felt like I was out of breath after I finished watching this. I had this weird feeling in the pit of my stomach which I can only kind of describe as it feeling like a weight was pulling down on it and my heart was beating really fast. I have no idea why but I guess I felt like I was a part of it in some way because I was so focused and invested in it, I felt like I'd lived through it with these characters and I know it sounds stupid and if anyone is even still reading at this point you're probably thinking 'oh shut up'. But it's true.

I so wish I got to see this in cinemas because I imagine these feelings would have only intensified. But then again there was something quite sweet about watching it at home in my bedroom, with my blinds half closed but just open enough so I could see the snow falling outside, with my fairy lights on and wrapped up in my blankets. It really added to the feeling and the atmosphere especially in some of those later scenes as the film progresses.

For me, its rare that a film like this comes around. A film where you don't just watch it, but you experience it. A film where you feel everything so deeply and you're not quite sure what to do when it's over. The only two films I can think of that have given me similar experiences are Birdman and Blade Runner 2049.

I don't really know how to end this now but I feel like I'll publish this and think of another 100 thing I'd like to say about this. But I guess if it hasn't translated across in this big ass essay of a review already, then I guess all I really wanted to say was that I really liked this film. I liked it a whole fucking lot.

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