Interstellar - Recap Review

What's good

- Impressive overall presentation, visuals and style (most notably the mix of practical- and digital effects)
- Great lead performance by McConaughey
- Some very interesting (and to some extent currently relevant) themes
- Interesting story-aspects that blend interstellar travel with the concept of relativity and time

What's bad

- With a running time of roughly 3 hours, it's overly long with too many dragging scenes
- Few highpoints during the main storyline
- Fairly thinly written supporting characters make for some unconvincing emotional moments
- Quite a few noticable scientific inaccuracies and plot holes
- Never explores its own ideas in enough detail to make the movie itself truely stand out


- The weird and highly impractical designs of the two robots, TARS and CASE.

The Verdict

Though it's visually as impressive and marvelous to look at as you would expect from a Christopher Nolan directed movie, Interstellar is a movie whose very ambitious goals and ideas simply seem to exceed the movie's (and director's) grasp for the most part.
Wrapped in a stylish and very attractive presentation through the already mentioned amazing visuals, great lead performance by Mr. McConaughey as well as the actually currently relevant themes of exploiting Earth's limited ressources, Interstellar starts off quite promising. Yet soon after, during the course of the main storyline taking place mostly in outer space, Interstellar slowly seems too crumble under its own weight. Aside from several noticable scientific inaccuracies and narrative plot holes during the movie, Interstellar's main storyline, that has the astronaut crew travel from one planet to another in hopes to find one that is inhabitable, is for the most part surprisingly flat and unexciting with little climactic highpoints. This doesn't mean that Interstellar doesn't feature interesting question and ideas like "Does humanity even deserve a second chance?" or interesting perspectives about the relation between interstellar space travel and time/relativity, yet not one of those questions and ideas seems to get explored in such a detailed and intriguing way to truely make Interstellar itself a unique and unforgettable tale.
With that said, though Interstellar definitely feels like a movie that wants to be a very important cinematic excercise and experience about the nature of the human race, we sadly don't learn that much new after sitting through this quite overly long feeling average sci-fi film. 
Though of course it's by no means a horrible movie, Interstellar is still one of the weaker and most scattershot feeling Nolan movies, especially when looking back at how carefully planned most of his other works are in comparison.

The required ambition, visuals and production values are undoubtedly there, and even Interstellar's story while not outstanding is still respectably servicable to sci-fi lovers thanks to its sheer themes and ideas alone. Yet it's just the fact that Interstellar could have and should have been more meaningful and quite a bit deeper than it ultimately turns out to be, which "only" qualifies it as a somewhat disappointingly standard sci-fi flick as a whole.

Final Verdict: 5 out of 10

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