Monday, November 10, 2014

Interstellar Review - 2 Stars

“Interstellar” leaves you wondering —what were they thinking?  The plot of Christopher Nolan’s new IMAX space adventure goes all over the place and winds up in an almost laughably wacky place somewhere in the space-time spectrum.  But it begins with an earth turned sour from generations of human abuse of the environment.  Humanity needs a new home and Matthew McConaughey’s just the space pilot to find it.  By the way, he’s left NASA for farming but they lure him back in a particularly unbelievable fashion  The strong cast includes Anne Hathaway as a space scientists and Jessica Chastain and Casey Affleck as Matthew’s grown up kids who wait for generations for their father’s return.  Oh yeah, there’s John Lithgow as a grandfather and Michael Caine as an old scientist spouting Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”–more than once.  The space footage looks amazing, and at times unfolds in strong solid silence.  “Interstellar” feels like a dozen other better movies from “2001” to “Close Encounters” to “Gravity” and almost everything that falls between.  At almost three hours “Interstellar” runs way too long and as a story it paints itself into a corner and never  figures a way out.  Does it deliver what it promises?  “Interstellar” reaches for the stars and misses.  Is it entertaining?  Too long.  Is it worth the price of admission?  You will most likely come away disappointed.