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In Space, No One Can See Me Eyeroll at Anne Hathaway.

A Sci-Fi Honey 1.0 Review by Jenn

Interstellar (2014)

On a rainy December afternoon, I found myself with time to go to a movie. When one has five month old twins, this is a rarity. What movie did I see? Interstellar, a movie that was on my list of films I was stoked to see that I posted a year ago. The trailer at that point was reeeeallllly vague, basically Matthew McConaughey in a truck. I don’t think I watched any trailers after that, so I sort of went in blind. But hey, movie!

Several questions entered my mind while sitting in the theatre, waiting for the annoying commercials and stupid games to finish. Would it live up to the advance billing? Can Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway do well in a sci-fi movie? And most importantly, would I be able to stay awake for almost three freaking hours in a dark room when I had barely slept for over five months(!)?

Much to my surprise, the answer to all three was yes! Well, Anne Hathaway was a meeehhhh yes. But the other two were definitely YES.

Basic Synopsis: At some point in the future, widespread crop blights have caused humanity’s days on earth to be numbered. Matthew McConaughey plays a former NASA pilot named Cooper, who has become a farmer, since the world has thrown pretty much all its money at making food, and has no money or time for space travel nonsense. Cooper’s daughter Murphy attends a school where the moon landing is questioned, as is pretty much everything scientific. Basically Kansas, current day. She’s a scrappy kid, who has been experiencing paranormal activities in her room, and thinks there is a ghost trying to communicate with her. 

Hi, I'm Amelia, and I'm a bonehead.
Through scientific method, they find the ‘ghost’ is giving them a location, which turns out to be a secret NASA lab, where it is determined that Cooper, a biologist Amelia (Anne Hathaway) and two scientists will fly a ship through a wormhole that has been discovered, and see if any planets on the other side can support life, based on data on those planets sent back through the wormhole by some previous explorers. Time will pass differently on the other side, and no one knows how old anyone will be when the mission completes. Murphy loses it at Cooper and won’t talk to him again, and then the ship leaves. Can Matthew and Anne and their wisecracking robots save the day?

I can’t really say much more about the plot without wrecking it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, so I’ll try to be as vague as I can. Fortunately I’ve learned how to do that properly from some people on Facebook.

See? Gorgeous.
I really enjoyed this movie. The effects were great, created by the same folks who did Inception (which I loved), what a beautiful film! Matthew McConaughey was fantastic as Cooper, and Anne Hathaway was pretty good also, although her character annoyed me a bit, particularly a bonehead manoeuvre she pulled on a planet in the water. Her character was the weak point in the movie, for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ‘love is the strongest power in the universe’ thing that Interstellar has going on. I like my sci-fi to be lower on the woo-woo scale usually, but it didn’t ruin the movie for me. But the science parts were awesome. The planets were great. And I have to say, I was surprised when Matt Damon popped up: he did well, although I knew everything his character was going to do before he did it. 

The ending was good, although a bit eye-rolling and Kumbaya for me near the very end. One of the highlights for me was one of the two robots, TARS. TARS was actually a more interesting and entertaining character than Anne Hathaway’s was. Overall, I really enjoyed Interstellar. I didn’t even come close to falling asleep, and if you knew how little effing sleep I get, you’d know that that is the most ringing endorsement you can get about how entertaining and interesting this movie was.

This doesn't look like Kansas anymore, Toto.
Sci-Fi Honey Lowdown: I had been looking forward to Interstellar for a long time, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. It was engaging, beautiful, well acted in general, and really interesting. The kid who played Young Murphy was REALLY good. The film got a little iffy near the end, but overall I am really glad I spent what little free time I have watching it.

Sci-Fi Honey Rating: I give Interstellar 4.5 Dead Space Scientists out of 5! 
Awesome effects and acting more than make up for the pretty ok writing.

Head Honey note:
It's nearly impossible to find a photo of Mr. Matt with his mouth closed.