So in between my seemingly never-ending shifts at Panera, my friends were able to convince me to go see Interstellar. Typically, I’m not into the whole space thing.
But oh my God.
This movie wasn’t just about space. Oh no. There was so much more than that.
Essentially, this movie’s plot is a pretty typical plot for a space themed movie. (No spoilers, promise!) Cooper, the dad, is chosen to go on a mission to save the world and isn’t sure he will ever return so his family is sad, blah blah blah.
But the movie consists of so much more. The relativity of time was a big theme, a subject that actually kind of freaks me out. For instance, on one of the planets they land on, every hour they spend there is 7 years on Earth. Cooper freaks out about time because while he is staying the same age, his family is growing up without him. The thought of that is way too weird for me to comprehend. That time works differently here than it might in space. Too weird.
Another big theme was the risks people will take and the lengths they will go for the people they love. This theme wasn’t expected for this movie. It was brought up early on in the movie, yet wasn’t focused on fully until about halfway through when this conversation happened:
Cooper: You’re a scientist, Brand.
Brand: So listen to me when I say love isn’t something that we invented. It’s observable. Powerful. It has to mean something.
Cooper: Love has meaning, yes. Social utility, social bonding, child rearing.
Brand: You love people
who died. Where’s the social utility in that?
Brand: Maybe it means something more – something we can’t yet understand. Maybe it’s some evidence, some artifact of a higher dimension that we can’t consciously perceive. I’m drawn across the universe to someone I haven’t seen in a decade who I know is probably dead. Love is the one thing that we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space. Maybe we should trust that, even if we can’t understand it. All right Cooper. Yes, the tiniest possibility of seeing Wolf again excites me. That doesn’t mean I’m wrong.
Yet again, this theme of general love and the way the movie went about expounding on this theme was insanely good.
Another reason I thought this movie was such a (surprisingly) good movie was the way it ended. Yet again, I promise not to include any spoilers, but I’ll just say this: it takes a twist. Right when I thought it was over (with a VERY good ending mind you), it took a twist and went on for another 30 minutes or so. And it wrapped everything up beautifully. It went back to things mentioned at the beginning of the movie that you were made to think had been figured out.
I highly recommend this movie. Even if you don’t like space, kind of like me, the message of the movie goes so much farther. Honestly it was probably the best movie I’ve seen in a long time.