Movie Review: Interstellar

With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

I really looked forward to seeing this movie.  I didn’t know who was in it – I’m not that up to date.  However, the premise was what had me interested.  So, when it came in, I was excited.  Sadly, the hype made this one fall flat.

The premise is good, the science seems solid enough, but the pace is very, very slow.  If it had been a book, I would have struggled to get through it.  As a movie, there is a little extra leeway, but not much.

The characters were believable, though a tad on the shallow side.  Even with as much back story as was included in the plot, some of the main characters just didn’t give the impression they were more than cardboard cutouts.

The world building was excellent, and for anyone struggling to learn how to do it, this is a wonderful example to study.  The dying earth, the new worlds, and the cultures that evolve because of the adversities which form the basis of the story all help weave a rich tapestry backdrop to the actual story itself.

As for the pace of the story… I’ve heard several people over the years complain that Titanic had over two hours of unnecessary footage when it came out.  For me, this movie makes Titanic seem action packed – and I LIKED it.  The situations that developed were carefully constructed, plausible, and enough of the science explained in simplified terms you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to follow along.  However, there were long stretches when nothing happened to advance to plot.

Over all, this one receives a sad three out of five stars.  I liked it enough I’ll watch it again, but it will probably be background noise for other activities with brief spurts of attention provided to the film when things get interesting.

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