The first review of my new film column for the theology blog Think Theology was for Christopher Nolan’s new film.
Interstellar opens with an almost documentary-like tone, with some plainly shot talking heads reminiscing about life in some dusty farmland. What’s this? Has Christopher Nolan, the director behind mind-bending thrillers such as Memento, The Prestige and Inception, as well as some rather dour superhero films about a man who dresses like a bat, made something down-to-earth and restrained? Well, not so much. Instead, he’s using the almost docu-realist style to introduce the central plot point – life on earth is now unsustainable, and humans need to find a way to keep on living. The tone seems to suggest one thing: this is a real problem that we could one day face together. The solution, according to Nolan, is far more grandiose, and involves spaceships, wormholes, black holes and all sorts of things that are really better to discover when watching it without much prior knowledge. At the centre of it all is Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper, an astronaut who is dragged into the mission by mysterious messages, and has to leave his children behind to try and save the future of the human race.