This narrative contains spoilers, so don''t read this if you haven't seen "Interstellar." If you haven't seen this film, that is a problem on your end that you must fix.
This film hit me good. I was both emotionally moved and intellectually transported. "Interstellar" cracks open space and future-science concepts in a down-to-earth style. I've read about Einstein's "Theory of Relativity," but I've never felt it's consequences on a gut level. Imagine that every hour you spend exploring on a planet, all of the people you care about on Earth are aging seven years. Imagine that time and gravity are malleable or at least not as fixed as we believe them to be. This is stuff worth thinking about.
As my philosopher Father often said, "There's nothing more exciting than a 'thought adventure'" Well, this is it baby! "Interstellar" breaks down walls with both scientific and intuitive sledge hammers. It's on to something, something I have belief in, even though I can't fully explain it. Interconnections, a giant web, fluidity. Barriers are solid until they aren't. "We're on the plane of exploring limitations," is another quote from my Padre. I thought he was painfully "New Age" at first, but many of his ideas strike chords with me these days. It's quite an experience when a film and conversations from the past reflect and illuminate one another.
Oh- and it should be observed that the ruining of our Earth is depicted in a very possible way. "Hey- what's for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Corn- you say?" More on dystopia another time.
Bits: Matthew McConaughey is in a zone. He started to dig for something in the film "Mud." He delved much, much deeper in "Dallas Buyer's Club." And then onto "True Detective" (elsewhere?) and now arriving as the lead in "Interstellar." This a challenging role, reader! Cooper's got to be tough as nails while somehow remaining emotionally affected. He's got to be tech savvy, hard-nosed, and unwavering in his commitment to his family. The scene where he tries in vain to make peace with his daughter before embarking on his journey kills me. When he's left home and is driving towards the mission, he is both a determined warrior and a father falling to pieces. It's amazing! And kudos to good storytelling- we're transported from the pick-up hauling ass right into the Apollo V blasting off. Oh- and hats off to the daughter played by Mackenzie Foy- she's crying so hard she's turning blue.
This is what great storytelling should be. A tale of adventure, featuring emotionally grounded performances, while expanding the limits of our belief systems.
Thoughts? Feelings? Hit me back-