Sunday, 16 November 2014

Interstellar - Brilliantly depicts human emotions against space and time dimensions..

Interstellar, yes that's the name of the movie. Literally, the word means 'among or between the stars'. That's what it is about, which reminds me of one of the dialogues from the movie - "We used to look up at the sky and wonder about our place in the stars." But that's not the only thing which the movie shows. Thanks to Christopher Nolan for presenting the ideas of some probable, thrilling, unseen concepts in in a Sci-Fi movie in such a beautiful way, the Nolan way, actually.

Interstellar is not just about space travel. It is an amazingly thrilling blend of human emotions, the race against time for love and hope, and the faith that remains regardless of the hardships and setbacks. It shows how humans retain their behaviour and unexplained ideologies no matter how logical they get, whether it is explained by science or not. Yet, the approach of those emotions is scientific in some ways and that is what makes the movie remarkable.

It is the story of a daughter's undying faith in her father's words no matter how odd things turn out to be, even when she doesn't want to believe. It is the story of love between two or more humans, existing beyond time. It is the story of human rage and hopes, beautifully depicted in odds.

One might be awed by the amazing depiction of science, unknown planets and galaxies, the way spaceships work and how astronauts survive or by the perfect pilot-cum-engineer in Cooper's character. Of course all this makes one glued to one's place, but what makes it easy to understand is the human behaviour and psychology showed by the characters.

There are so many instances in the movie where one might wonder whether they are watching a Sci-Fi or an emotional movie and those emotions will make one feel the jitters. Be it the scenes where Cooper's attachment with his daughter Murphy is shown or be it the strong but emotional women shown in the characters of Dr. Brand and Murphy(later). Some scenes and dialogues are so beautifully blended with the touching music score by Hans Zimmer. His repeated efforts for the music has come up as a masterpiece. The background score adds to the feeling behind the scenes.

The dialogues are perfectly written and delivered by the characters and add to the value of the story. The main strength is the bond shown between Cooper and Murphy, much more than just a father-daughter relationship, it extends beyond time, space, galaxies and ages. The faith Murphy had in her father's words and promise, which she keeps believing would bring him back and that he would help everybody. The part where Cooper tells Amelia "When you become a parent, one thing becomes really clear. And that's that you want to make sure your children feel safe" is heart touching.

It is the depiction of the common faith human beings have in their loved ones, the foundation of love. Some of the best scenes are where Cooper and Murphy interact and where her faith remains despite the odds. The concept of love and hope over science is shown by Dr. Amelia Brand's character too, where she believes that love, an unexplained entity by science, might be unknown, but should be followed, because it travels beyond time and space, just like gravity.

The odds in human behaviour are also shown very well, especially, in the part where Dr. Mann's character is shown to be selfish to escape leaving others behind. There is trust between the astronauts and the robots which behave like humans at some instances. Bonds being built on the unknown journey, care for fellow astronauts and giving up one's own interests, thinking about humanity first, accepting mistakes and correcting them honestly, the trust built between Amelia and Cooper and the way they protect each other is beautiful, Yes, this movie shows it along with all the logical concepts.

Another remarkable dialogue from the movie by Cooper is " We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we've just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we've barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us."

The scenes explaining wormholes, black holes and time dilation are nicely done. The scene especially where Cooper finds messages over a span of 23 years and comes to know about his children is really touching. So, is the one where he meets her again, when she is about to die and he is logically 124 years old, but actually about the same age as he was, or the scenes wherever they feel their connection will make one get the feels.

The most thrilling part of the movie is the climax where the artificial black hole leads to the five-dimensional space of Murphy's bedroom, which shows time as a physical dimension and infinite frames in three-dimensions are present just to let us realize that the future can be made by humans. The part which gives goosebumps here(along with the beautiful soundtrack) is when Cooper realizes the importance of the unexplained power of love and faith and transmits the necessary data to his daughter, thus keeping his promise.

And then, when the movie ends, one knows that even though the father and the daughter saw each other for the last time, yet some promises and bonds, travel beyond time and space, because as quoted by Dr. Amelia Brand's character in one scene,
 "Love is the one thing that transcends time and space, just like gravity."

And one knows that this was the soul of the story, behind everything that existed between Cooper and his daughter or when Amelia, alone in another galaxy, is being approached by Cooper, because they are the ones who survived as they were, due to time dilation.

This is a movie where every second will be amazing and thrilling. And when one walks out after it has ended, one knows the intensity of the impact it has left on the heart, faith, hope and love, no matter which age of humans. It retains the faith of worlds beyond galaxies and fantasies, and the belief that humans will reach there, while sustaining their values.

And there is a beautiful inspirational old poem by Dylan Thomas, which is quoted at various touching instances by old Professor Brand's character:

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Of course, I have already watched the movie thrice in two days just to get the feels again and again, with the soundtrack, on repeat mode. I had waited for it and I'm glad that it is one of the few movies that I would love to watch again and again. After those 2 hours and 50 minutes, it took me 2 days to come back to the present, because I was shaken and still felt as if I had lived a lifetime when I watched it, personally because some concepts were very close to me. :')



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