‘Interstellar’ a gripping tale of what could have been — and what may yet come
It’s oddly strange, and yet somehow comforting, how tales of space travel capture our imaginations. I suppose it’s that sense of curiosity, that need to explore and to feel. Humanity has never been one for standing still, so it makes a certain level of sense. Think Manifest Destiny, if you will.
That being said, films about space always seems to dredge up something deeper than simply exploring the unknown. Think back to the epic that was “2001: A Space Odyssey” or even the original “Star Wars” trilogy. These films manage to reflect the mood down here on our little blue ball in the sky in a way action flicks or thrillers just can’t.
“Interstellar,” though, goes deeper than that. Directed by Christopher Nolan, it’s not enough for this tale of space travel to sate our need to explore. This time, it’s a personal tale wrapped in the premise that if we don’t find a new home somewhere out there in that vast, dark expanse, soon there won’t be anyone left to do it. This tale is one of regret, a marvelous adventure mired in the deep pain of sorrow, dread and a desperate, yearning need for forgiveness.
They say no one can hear you scream in space. I guess the same could be said for crying.
Five time-bending stars out of five, and a critic’s pick.