Interstellar 4K    review by Bobby Blakey

Christopher Nolan has long established himself as not only a great filmmaker, but one that likes to take chances. With every film he seems to push the boundaries in some direction and Interstellarwas no different. The film sports a great cast including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, and David Oyelowo but did it live up to the usual Nolan production or does it get lost in space?

Interstellar follows the near future where the Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen their lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. To say this is an ambitious film is an understatement. There were so many things that could have easily gone wrong here, but thanks to the Nolan’s vision and McConaughey’s everyman performance it delivers on just about every level. The trailers for this film were entertaining, but perfectly convey very little of what you can expect making the experience of this film all the better. This film has a pretty long run time at almost 3 hours, but it is time well used. They spend the first half allowing us to understand who McConaughey and his family are and it helps to give this out of this world story the humanity it needed. MCConaughtey continues his string of brilliant performances, but is stripped down here as a normal guy in an abnormal circumstance forced to deal with a variety of emotional rollercoasters. The rest of the cast do a decent job, but not all feel like they are all in. Hathaway is fine in the role, but seems to be so toned down that it doesn’t always convey how much turmoil she is dealing with until closer to the end of the film.

The story to this film is pretty complex yet not overly complicated making it easy to follow and enjoy without having to sift through a sea of nonsense often found in these types of films. They make ample use of the long run time to develop the necessary characters and allow the mission they are forced to embark on play out without ever feeling rushed while keeping things moving. Despite the film taking place in the future, they opted to use a more classic vibe to some aspects of the science making it feel classic and fresh all at once. There is a robot character later in the film that is a character all its own and the design is so simple it is brilliant and instantly makes you think of classic science fiction films like The Black Hole. This character is a visual treat throughout the film bringing something to the fold needed to help it stand out even further.

 

There are some beautiful visual effects that not only work brilliantly, but give the overall film an epic scope. There are a couple of visual choices that may throw some off, but the often minimalistic nature of things like the side shot of the ship as it soars through space is a cool touch, but wears a bit thin at times. This is a very small issue that will likely not bother most and with the brilliant visual of the rest of the film makes it seem so small to the bigger beauty of it all. The soundtrack is brilliant, but at times is so overbearing you couldn’t hear some of the dialogue. Despite this issue it works perfectly well with the nature of the film and feels like it adds even more character to the world and situations they are dealing with.

The 4K transger of this film only enahnces the already amazing visuals of this film and makes the experience all the better. This release not only includes the film, but also numerous featurettes that take you behind bringing this film to life. Revisit Nolan's epic film when the Interstellar 4K Ultra Edition hits on December 19th from Paramount Home Entertainment. 

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