Every once in a while there are movies which justifies the overpriced sodas sold in multiplexes. Interstellar is truly one such movie. This space based sci-fi adventure movie starts of on a blight (dirt storm) infested earth where food is scarce and schools are encouraging kids to take up agriculture rather than forcing them to learn Bernoulli’s equation. Isn’t that the heaven we all want to live in, except for the blights. Cooper played by Matthew McConaughey is a widowed astronaut who has taken up farming as people believe that investing in science is a waste. Soon enough (more like an hour) he learns that he has to pilot a NASA spacecraft through a wormhole in search of habitable planets in order to save human race. The scene where he tries to convince his daughter that he will come back is heart wrenching.
What follows is a visual marvel of space travel and scientific ideas about black holes, theory of relativity and what not. We get a rough picture of what time as a dimension in space means. One scene where Cooper docks onto a space station rotating at rpm is extraordinary to say the least. We also get to see a quintessential cameo by Matt Damon. The movie is well paced and Nolan tags us along with his well narrated complicated scientific ideas. Music by Hans Zimmer is splendid but the background score feels out of sync in some scenes. The sarcastic humor from the robot TARS is the icing on the cake. A solar powered drone is a pleasantly surprising Indian connection to the movie.
Even though it is mentioned as a sci-fi adventure movie, quotes like “Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.” gives you a feeling that it’s a lot more than that. I never felt bored while watching the first day first show of the movie even after a grueling 12 hour night shift. It is like a well prepared Biryani with all the right ingredients at the right amount. If I was the person fixing Oscars each year I’d ask the Interstellar team to start preparing their speeches.