If you’ve been online in the last few days or even keeping an ear out as people pass you by on campus, you have probably heard about Christopher Nolan’s latest film “Interstellar.”

This film tells the story of Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey, and his journey to outer space to save Earth from ruin, caused by dust that has destroyed the world’s food supply and has begun suffocating the people of Earth.

To anyone who has not seen this film, to tell you literally any more about it would be doing you a huge injustice. Many of the memorable moments come from the element of surprise, and the surprises come in several different forms.

Nolan is a genius. I think after the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception” and “Memento,” we all know how ridiculously talented this man is.

“Interstellar” is no exception.

There have been a wide range of reviews from people who have seen this movie. Some think that it’s Nolan’s best film, some think it’s one of the best movies in recent memory and some think that it’s not even Nolan’s best.

For me, I would personally rather watch the “Dark Knight” trilogy again before “Interstellar,” but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. I just happen to really love his “Dark Knight” films.

“Interstellar” is a beautiful film. The version of outer space that they created is simply breathtaking. It’s so easy to get lost in the beauty that he presents us. “Gravity” seems to have been similar in this regard, but “Interstellar” has a plot that makes this a film that’s more than just pretty visuals.

Nolan makes you care about these characters. I found myself in tears more than once in this film. It’s incredibly emotional because Nolan takes advantage of the idea that everyone has had at one time or another thought about what it would be like to go to space. He makes Cooper a relatable character so you can feel as if you are experiencing the journey alongside him, and oftentimes it’s devastating and emotionally taxing.

One complaint that people have about this film is how confusing the plot can get. It can be pretty convoluted at times and for some, that can keep them from getting into the movie. If you can stay along with Cooper and Nolan for the ride, though, you won’t regret it.

Of course, there can be several plot points that might seem unresolved. As a friend of mine recently said, “Is it a plot point, or is a point of discussion?” We know that Nolan is a master of ambiguity and lingering questions. For example, was Cobb in a dream throughout the entirety of “Inception?” People still debate that and the movie came out four years ago.

Nothing Nolan does is an accident. He is a brilliant man who creates masterpieces every time he makes a movie. There is no reason not to see this movie; in fact, there is every reason to see this movie. You have to experience the plot twists before they are spoiled for you. You should do Nolan’s visuals justice and see them on the big screen. And, you will certainly be doing yourself a favor by watching this film, even if you don’t end up liking it. It’s going to be a movie that is remembered for a long time, and having an opinion either way on this film will be better than having never seen it.


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