Matthew Cooke’s review published on Letterboxd:
Remember when Jesse sees Walt’s first batch of meth, and he was in complete awe of its purity and was like “This is art, yo!” Yeah, that’s me every time I watch this film. I wish I could go back and watch it again in theaters for the very first time. Every time I watch the film, when the credits roll, I just sit there for a few moments in complete awe of what I just witnessed, taking it all in.
I don’t understand how anyone can say Nolan’s films are cold and distant when a film like this exists (and this isn’t the first emotional Nolan film either). Interstellar is deeply intimate, emotional, and visceral - equal parts heartfelt and heartbreaking. This is a film that reminds you not to take time for granted. Time is the ultimate, most valuable resource, and flies by quicker than you realize. Cherish the moments you have with your loved ones, because life could pass right before your very eyes. Tomorrow you could wake up and you’ll be 70.
The film touches on other themes such as existentialism, survival, and the importance of innovation but Interstellar’s primary thesis is that love is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. Love transcends time and space. We throw away any and all logic and reason for love, we go above and beyond for love, we sacrifice our own lives and the lives of others for love. And love is a force that has no boundaries, no limits. It transcends any and all dimensions.
What is quite impressive about this film is how despite dealing with advanced scientific theories and concepts, Nolan finds a way to explain it all to the viewer so that they can understand, and does so without feeling forced. There’s exposition dumps of course but it all feels so organic. And the film is accurate as hell, too. Interstellar is even educational to some degree.
The filmmaking here is beyond impressive. The visuals and sound are remarkable, the cinematography is otherworldly, the direction is intimate, the editing is flawless, and Hans Zimmer’s score is one of the greatest of all time - like top 5 all time. Hell, the score is half of what makes this film work so well.
It’s quite possible that I’m just a lazy writer, but to me Interstellar is a film that is so ultimate and so grand I struggle to find the words to even describe it. I’m sure legitimate writers far superior to me are able to do it, but to me Interstellar is a film that transcends words, phrases, and descriptions. It’s a film that is difficult to be properly reviewed, as its quality speaks entirely for itself.