☆ Sophie ☆’s review published on Letterboxd:
I know not many will agree, but this film is a cinematic masterpiece. It's one of my favorite films of all time, and I'm also a sucker for Christopher Nolan. Interstellar begins by establishing its rhythm and ambitions: men overexploited land resources, which is why the only goal they have left is to survive. Matthew McConaughey brilliantly plays Cooper, who gave body and soul to this character. We follow him and his journey towards love and discovery. This film could not have been possible without Christopher Nolan's direction, based on the languishing score by Hans Zimmer.
Nolan manages to film the characters and find the right shot at the right time, always in harmony with Hans Zimmer's score, to give the film an inspiring dimension that went missing for many many years. Thus we are transported into the same cockpit as Cooper, we feel the same guilt that he can already feel, we feel the same gravity, and we feel the same fear of the unknown melted with the force of his will. All of this is brilliantly illustrated in a straightforward directing choice, which from my point of view, is the decisive momentum of the film: to directly jump from when Cooper leaves in his truck, leaving his family behind him, to Endurance taking off. This simple editing decision allows Nolan to give an original movement to his film, and the musical crescendo makes us physically feel the sentimental break between two parts of the film.
You don't necessarily have to understand it immediately: The film will raise questions, such as: what is it to be a human, is there some physical limitations to our humanity, how far could we be willing to go to determine knowledge, are there other dimensions that we do not have access to, and above all: what is the nature of this fixed bond that unites us to others wherever we are in the universe? All these questions resonate in harmony in Nolan's Interstellar.
Interstellar is itself a 'crescendo,' increasing with sensitivity and creativity. I use the term intentionally because it escalates with the score by Hans Zimmer, which is one of the most beautiful compositions ever scored for a sci-fi film. Zimmer's 'crescendos' give a powerful breath to every new scene, whether it is in visually compelling moments or more intimate moments; it crawls into our momentary feelings and sensations and manages to extend them, almost to a suffocating moment, before resting on the balance of the film frame along with our mind under a spell.
The third act of the film comes to life with unparalleled strength. Nolan poses and answers questions that raise others. But he focuses his attention on the great mystery of love, that emotional bond that can unite humans and sometimes separate them. Interstellar's premise is based on the following: from terrestrial dust to the depths of space and time, as this is a human story. Even if we travel through the universe, believing that we can be detached from the ones we love, we will only get closer to them. Because of separation, and thus distance and time can ultimately reinforce the relationship between the people who love each other. While the subject may be hard to comprehend at times; it can't be denied how visually monumental and thoughtful Christopher Nolan's epic science fiction masterpiece is, and can easily be named the best film of 2014 and possibly one of the greatest science fiction films to have ever graced the screen. A sheer brilliant feat of cinema.