Last night (Saturday November 8th 2014) me, my wife and son went and saw Interstellar. So here is my review.
As a black hold captures every fabric of Spacetime, the plot sucks you in within seconds. It does take about 30 minutes to start capturing enough of the plot to start tying things together. But it is not a long boring 30 minutes, your mind is 100% engaged. I was intrigued from the beginning trying to understand what was happening, and why. The movie never explains why things went wrong on the Earth, but that is NOT the plot point. The viewer must accept that something happened and move on. I was quickly absorbed into the plot. As Spacetime is in theory explained to fold upon itself (wormhole) the plot folds several times upon itself. Because of that if your understanding of Spacetime, and basic physics is limited you will fail to understand the relationship of the folding of the plot. This is NOT a basic plot movie, this requires the viewer to use their brain and THINK as the movie moves along. My son said this movie was right up my alley. The plot takes into account Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Physics, Einstein’s Relativity (it’s not a theory anymore folks) time dilation, and other theoretical sciences. It’s not to say it can’t be enjoyed, but I believe that some of the movie will be lost on those who do not understand the basics of the above sciences. Me since I understand the basics of them I was engrossed, I was captured like the black hole that becomes the center of the movie. With my limited understanding of the above sciences, I felt they were spot on with the explanations. Of course the 4th dimension (the ability to move along time) is not possible and the point of the movie is the 5th dimension. No one can say if the 5th dimension as it is presented in the movie is not possible. Folks at its heart this is a love story.
Within seconds I was involved with the characters. I WAS a part of the family, I was there with them, I was there fighting for them. The character development was so in-depth and rich; I was the father, the son and the daughter. I felt many times as if I was in the bedroom pushing the books. I wanted so much for the daughter to get it, to understand what her ghost was (not a real ghost). This movie really made gave me that separation from reality and took me in. I will comment on the dialog here as well. The dialog was NOT flat. The words were words that you and I would have spoken. They were easily our words.
This is easily a 5 star rating movie. No violence (can you believe it) no sex (can you believe it) and it was very well written. The movie is heavy with Quantum science, so it is a movie for those who love science, and at the same time that the movie about Hawking is to be released, two good movies at the same time, it’s about time. The space shots were outstanding, when they show Saturn backlit by the sun it took my breath away, I was really impressed. Overall with my understanding of Quantum science I thought it was spot on, there were some theoretical points, but all science related to Quantum Mechanics has theoretical points. I was very impressed with the accuracy of Time Dilation. I have attempted to explain Time Dilation to some of my friends using a person in front of a person and the .08S dilation of Spacetime between them, but…well it’s not that they don’t understand they can’t accept that we can’t be in the same fabric of Time as the same time. I have also attempted to explain time dilation by placing a clock by the bed and one away and over the course of a month check the time difference (not a plug in digital). But fear grips them because many people believe that time is fixed and can’t be altered in any way. By hey time and space are the intertwined, can’t tear one from the other. So the movie got Time Dilation RIGHT. I was so impressed with the science.
Yes I will buy the Blu-Ray and watch it over and over and over. I will dissect it and analyze it and break down the science.
I really enjoyed this movie and it is about time a movie with real science was made.