…I mean, that movie was released last November, but I didn’t see it then because I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. (And also because, let’s face it, a RIDICULOUS amount of movies are released in November, December, and January, so I also didn’t want to spend a ton of money on tickets for yet another movie.)
Anyway, by the time I was actually REALLY excited to see Interstellar, they weren’t showing it in theaters anymore! The library has it on DVD – actually, it has nine or ten copies – but it was CONSTANTLY checked out! For the past few months, I’ve been scanning the shelves for Interstellar every single time I went to the library, and AAAAH THIS TIME I FOUND A COPY AND I SQUEED AND ANYWAY I WATCHED INTERSTELLAR A FEW DAYS AGO AND IT WAS AWESOME.
I enjoyed it so much, actually, that I’m totally going to write a post about it even though it’s not a brand-new movie or anything.. DSKAJHGSDLJHGDASGJSLHDSALASDG.
I REALLY LOVE LISTS SO I’M GONNA WRITE ONE. Here are fifteen thoughts I had while watching Interstellar!
1. GOSH I REALLY LOVE DYSTOPIAN MOVIES
I mean, I love science fiction movies in general, but dystopian worlds are just endlessly fascinating to me. (WHY they fascinate me is another post for another day.) Also, Interstellar is one of the few dystopian movies I’ve seen that wasn’t based on a book!
I mean, I LOVE stuff like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner, but… sometimes I really really want to watch something original! I don’t want to know the ending of every movie I watch, but most of the time I do because most of the movies I watch are based on books.
2. The visuals were out of this world
…I’m sorry for that pun. I COULDN’T HELP MYSELF.
Anyway. In terms of visuals, this movie really reminded me of Star Wars. I LOVED THAT. Also, I’m super happy that Interstellar didn’t sacrifice its plot for visuals – both aspects of the movie are wonderful! I HATE movies that are filled with tons of, I don’t know, explosions and CGI and stuff to the detriment of the plot and character development. STOP IT. WHYYYYY.
3. OOH IT’S HISTORY WITH A TWIST
Interstellar takes place about fifty years from now in a world that is filled with dust and wind and drought and failing crops. It’s basically as if the Dust Bowl happened all over again! It was interesting to see history repeat itself.
4. This film feels very American
…with that Dust Bowl stuff! And with NASA. And… I don’t know, it just felt very very American. There are some dystopian movies that I’ve watched and thought, “Meh, this doesn’t really feel like it’s set in [insert American city here]. This could happen ANYWHERE.”
5. The length didn’t actually bother me at all
Interstellar is almost three hours long! A bunch of my friends saw this movie last fall and loved it, but kept mentioning how looooong it was. And… I mean, it was, but that… didn’t bother me?
I wonder if my love of the Lord of the Rings trilogy has anything to do with that. I totally have the patience for an extremely long movie because I’m used to watching hobbits wander around for three hours or more!
Honestly, I LOVED the length. Watching this movie felt more like reading a book because I was able to spend a lot of time getting to know the characters and exploring the deeper ideas in this story. I just can’t connect to a lot of average-length, hour-and-a-half-long movies because there’s not enough TIME. I’m not saying I’ve never connected to one before, but it’s a lot harder for me.
5. EPIC SCIENCE FICTION YAYYYYY
Again, this movie really reminded me of Star Wars. One of my issues with a lot of dystopian fiction is that it doesn’t feel EPIC! Most of the dystopian stories I’ve read – especially the YA dystopians, which I read a lot of – feel, well, small. They are puny and NOT EPIC.
6. LADY SCIENTISTS
I AM 100% DOWN FOR ANY MOVIE WITH LADY SCIENTISTS PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
7. Interstellar reminded me that I have a crush on Anne Hathaway
A MEGA CRUSH. I haven’t seen her in very many movies, but whenever I have I’m always like WOW CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FACE. Seriously. She looks both adorkable and stunning, and it’s just like… how? HOW DOES SHE DO THAT ANNE TEACH ME YOUR WAYS ALSO YOU’RE A VERY AWESOME ASTRONAUT SO KEEP ON ASTRONAUTING.
(I totally just coined a new word there.)
8. I am still not sure about the accuracy of the science?
Quite possibly because I barely understood physics when I studied it during sophomore year? (Although… I studied astronomy last year, so I really SHOULD know. But UGH BLACK HOLES ARE CONFUSING TO ME.) So I did some googling and it seems like some scientists thought the science was awesome and totally possible, and some didn’t agree with that at all. I HAVE NO IDEA I’M AN INCOMING LIBERAL ARTS MAJOR THIS IS NOT MY STRONG SUIT.
9. OH MY GODDDD THE MUSIC
THE MUSIC. I’ve been listening to it for months, actually, but hearing it in the movie was 9000% better. Hans Zimmer is a genius, basically. Now I’m even more bummed that he didn’t win an Oscar for Best Original Score. (I mean, he did, but for a different movie – The Grand Budapest Hotel!) This is SERIOUSLY one of the BEST film scores I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to.
(Also, one of the trailers used some of my favorite, most beautiful music from V for Vendetta! SQUEE.)
10. I cried SO MUCH
This movie messed with my emotions and it will mess with yours too. That is all.
11. I loved the themes of love and family
…I’m just REALLY fond of stories about platonic/familial love, all right? Like, I definitely enjoy love stories, but I am so so so so happy whenever I find stories about close-knit families or indestructible friendships.
Towards the end of Interstellar, there IS a little bit of romance, but it’s very very understated – ninety-nine percent of the love in this movie is the love a father feels for his kids. Cooper, the protagonist, joins an interstellar expedition to find a habitable world. A world his kids can live in. A world where they can grow up and have a future other than starvation and misery.
And I freaking ADORED that. Especially his bond with his daughter, Murph. UGH I’M CRYING HAPPY TEARS. I’m definitely going to talk about Interstellar in my upcoming blog post series about parents and children in fiction.
12. I should rewatch this movie, this time with my mom!
I think she’d really like it because… because LADY SCIENTISTS! And because of quotes like, “I’m not afraid of death. I’m an old physicist – I’m afraid of time.” (My mom is a ginormous physics NERD.) Not sure how she’d feel about the ultra-long plot, though. She fell asleep during The Fellowship of the Ring!
13. Basically I just really loved the themes in this movie
The themes of love and family, and the theme of keeping one’s promises. OH OH AND THE THEME OF RESILIENCE. Cooper is so so so so stubborn because it will allow him to return to his children.
Also, the theme of… discovery, I guess? And curiosity? And the oh-so-human desire to explore? Cooper used to fly for NASA, but after his accident he was stuck back on the farm – and yet he still looked up at the stars and wanted to go back there. And then he did! UGHHHH IT WAS WONDERFUL.
14. Interstellar strongly reminded me of Inception
…which makes sense, since they were produced by the same person. (Also, Hans Zimmer composed the scores of both films!) But hey, I’m going to list this here anyway, because I really appreciated it. In Inception, you aren’t sure what’s real. In Interstellar, you aren’t how much time has passed – a few hours of Cooper’s life on one planet can equal decades of another person’s life on a different planet.
15. That Dylan Thomas poem, though
I think that could’ve all-too-easily seemed clichéd – I mean, look at its use in Matched by Ally Condie! But it actually fit the themes of the movie REALLY well.
Well, I could go on and on, but I won’t. Let’s just say that I absolutely ADORED Interstellar. I’m so glad I was finally able to watch it, and I’m even happier to announce that I thoroughly enjoyed it! IF YOU HAVE NOT YET WATCHED THIS MOVIE THEN YOU TOTALLY SHOULD. Even if you think that sci fi isn’t your thing. JUST TRUST ME, PLEASE.
Have you seen Interstellar? What did you think of it? Also, wasn’t my use of CAPS LOCK absolutely outrageous, even for me?! Sorry. I tend to get that way when I’m very enthusiastic about something.
Have a lovely night, and look up at the stars for me! (I would do this, but… it’s cloudy tonight!)