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By Megan Bianco
Two years after completing his mega popular Dark Knight trilogy for Batman fans, blockbuster king Christopher Nolan released his sci-fi epic Interstellar. Only a year after the wondrous Gravity, viewers are taken back to space with Matthew McConaughey’s first movie since his Oscar-winning comeback (Dallas Buyer’s Club), which also reunites Nolan with his Catwoman, Anne Hathaway. In theory, Interstellar has all the ingredients for a surefire hit, but is surprisingly not the big mind-blower audiences might have expected.
In a dystopian future, Earth has entered its final years as oxygen, water and food become scarce. Running out of options on their home planet, a pilot turned farmer named Cooper (McConaughey) and scientists Brand (Hathaway), Doyle (Wes Bentley) and Romilly (David Gyasi) are sent to travel through time and space to search for another inhabitable planet. Back on Earth, Cooper’s daughter Murphy (Mackenzie Foy as a youth and Jessica Chastain as an adult) dedicates her life to discovering if life off Earth is possible.
Topher Grace, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck and Michael Caine also appear throughout the film. Like all of Nolan’s movies, the aesthetics, effects and actors of Interstellar are top notch and worth the experience on a big screen. But also like most of Nolan’s work, the script and characters are lacking in depth. The dialogue is pretty stale, particularly in the first hour, and an additional robot character is a little hokey. Nonetheless, Nolan’s new picture is eye candy for those who enjoy adventures in space.