Blindspot 2015: Interstellar (2014)

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Plot: In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.

Rating: 8.5/10

Dr. Brand sets the somber tone for Interstellar with his rendition of Dylan Thomas’ famous words: “Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”The devastating wasteland that earth has become has had a profound effect of the human race – Earth has finally revolted against the never ending abuse it received and is slowly getting revenge – the human race is dying out.  NASA, nearly defunct, searches desperately for a planet that can sustain human life; as well as a way to get there alive.

Left to right: Mackenzie Foy and Matthew McConaughey in INTERSTELLAR, from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Entertainment.

That is how Cooper, a retired astronaut, gets to go into space again. His daughter Murph never forgives him, even as time passes in its strange pattern and she grows older.

I expected to hate Interstellar. I actually hoped I would – nothing is more annoying than the hype big movies generate. Sure, it is great for their budget, but it is so conformist. I thought it would be fussily intellectual – which I hate – but it wasn’t. There were some big concepts but it didn’t go overhead. The concepts weren’t constantly being discussed on screen either, which helped move the story in understandable lines. Interstellar managed to march towards three hours without killing the storyline. It was needed to properly illustrate the story.

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The graphics were amazing. Christopher Nolan and his team did a phenomenal job. The vast emptiness of space was beautiful and in stark contrast with the destructive zone Earth has become – there is a feeling that at least the human race didn’t destroy space yet. The wormhole – can I just say WOW? That doesn’t sum it up accurately but it was the only feeling I felt, awe. The water planet and then crazy Matt Damon’s planet, and I will get to him in a moment, was absolutely beautiful to behold.

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The cast did a wonderful job. Matthew McConaughey as Cooper – his apathy with being on earth, his decision to leave, his role as an astronaut – it was wonderful.  I love his slow Texan drawl so much. It makes him sound lazy and hurried at the same time, and it worked for the character. I wasn’t jumping around when I saw Anne Hathaway, but it is a testament to the excellence of Interstellar that she didn’t annoy the living hell out of me. Both McKenzie Foy and Jessica Chastain as the young and older Murphy did great – the two meshed their actions well enough that they ended up looking as the same person. Murphy’s story was really sad; losing her mother and her father and then having to watch the years pass knowing he was out there and never getting to see him. I also enjoyed Timothee Chalamet and Casey Affleck as young and older Tom Cooper, although the character took a backseat compared to Murph’s story.

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Now, let’s just focus for a few seconds on the MAD Matt Damon. I think he did a really good job in here, that his role was well done and that he was great in his part here – not a big one but an important one, showing the perils of being alone too long as well as being crazy. Why anyone would let him back into space (i.e. The Martian), I don’t know, but I’m worried.

Now, it has to be mentioned why I haven’t rated this movie at least a 9/10 – the quality certainly justifies it. I cannot for the life of me understand why LOVE had to be brought into a movie that is pure, wonderful science, and by one of the only TWO women in the movie. Anne Hathaway’s amazing Brand was totally killing it, and there she went, her choices being influenced by her silly little love story. It didn’t gel and deducted awesome points from the character and the storyline. It is a movie about SCIENCE. Done.Love is a human emotion and thus not quantifiable, idiots. If it was Anger, Jealousy and Hate would also be quantifiable.

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Apart from that one slight, Interstellar was a jaw dropping, humbling experience. I will gladly watch it again – it seems like the type of movie where you will always notice something new. The great concepts, the wonderful score by Hans Zimmer, the graphics and the acting makes for a masterful movie that can now live with the greats.

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PS: I will post two Blindspots in October, as I had no time to review one in September 🙂

Blindspot Series 2015

Zoë has been really excited about this and I thought I would also compose one after seeing her rather excellent list (I’m very original haha). I really need to watchall of these movies – they all have different reasons as to why I would want to watch them but I need to get cracking and look at them this year. Let me know what you think and which ones you would like to watch, even if they aren’t on the list!!

X-Men: First Class (2011)

IMDb: In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start world war III.

After loving The Last Stand way too damn much, I really want to see its predecessor and see if this movie also manages to be really in-depth and intense.

Interstellar (2014)

IMDb: A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

I’m really not sure if I will like this, but I need to give it a watch. Christopher Nolan’s latest movie is the rage all over town, so even if I don’t end up loving it, I definitely need to explore that venue. I can’t see anything really overtaking Gravity for me, but we will see what we will see, right?

The Godfather (1972)

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IMDb:  The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

This is for keeping friendships alive.

The Godfather Part 2 (1974)

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IMDb: The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.

This one too. I’ve never really heard a bad word about it though, so I guess it won’t be too much of a problem to watch 😀

Fury (2014)

IMDb: April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Once again, I need see if the hype is really all, if it is good but not my style or if I just don’t like it one bit.

Romeo and Juliet (1996)

IMDb: Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

I actually thought of doing a FTF post for BazLuhrmann movies, but one of my favorite directors doesn’t seem to be all that into directing that often, so I’m rather going to do a week where I explore movies of him. Zoë got me this amazing boxset for Christmas with three of his movies in and I can’t wait to check out this adaption – I really hope it has Luhrmann’s distinctive flamboyant style!

Casablanca (1942)

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IMDb: Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

It is shameful that I haven’t seen this classic yet. I remember that once at highschool the school’s biggest jock referred to something in Casablanca and if that absolute weirdo knows what is cracking in a movie that sounds so up my alley I best go see what this is about.

A Good Year (2006)

IMDb: A British investment broker inherits his uncle’s chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

This movie has been on my movie list since it premiered in 2006, and yet I still haven’t seen it. It sounds so lovely and like something I would enjoy.

Invictus (2009)

IMDb: Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

I really doubt if I will be moved to tears by an American opinion of one of the greatest moments in South-African sporting history, but I will watch this because even if I don’t like it I will gladly bitch about it for years after 😀

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

IMDb:  A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Reasons to watch this:

1) Woody Allen directed it and he directed Midnight in Paris, and that may be one of my favorite artsy films, ever

2) Emma Stone

3) Colin Firth

4) ‘nuff Said

The Prestige (2006)

IMDb: Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.

Zoë is always telling me about this movie and then I forget the name and then the cycle repeats itself and… it is a very bad cycle you know. It sounds pretty good, all around happy reviews, I love movies about magic and stuff, so I think this is a must watch for 2015.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

IMDb: The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Yeah, I am deeply ashamed to say I haven’t seen this yet. I will watch it for obvious reasons, as well as seeing John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in full 80’s gear (hopefully) ad with delightfully awkward hair styles.

Well then, there you have my list. Let me know what you think!!