“Interstellar” keeps you on the edge of reality…and your seat

Caitlin Matthews

Christopher Nolan, director of the “Dark Knight Trilogy” and “Inception,” has successfully created a new angle on sci-fi movies with classic elements such as time and space travel, explosions and sarcastic robots. His new film, “Interstellar,” tells the story of ex-astronaut,  Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey), who owns a corn farm on a dying planet Earth. In order to protect his family and species, he and a skilled team leave for one final space mission to find a new home for humans to colonize. Meanwhile, his daughter back on Earth tries to save the doomed human race.

Nolan’s new look on planets, space travel and robots made this film more unique than other sci-fi movies. Instead of having human-like robots, which are common in other sci-fi movies, Nolan added three-dimensional rectangles that split into fourths to move. The new planets all look somewhat similar to Earth but have interesting differences, like a colossal wave that passes every couple of minutes. The way the ship travels through black holes and wormholes is visually incredible. Nolan also frequently focuses on time and gravity which, although at times confusing, creates a more believable plot line to keep viewers thinking.

In all honesty, the greatest part of “Interstellar” is the music. The music begins by switching back and forth between two sets of notes on the organ, creating a mysterious sound that instantly gets the audience thinking, “Oh my gosh, who is going to die next?” Then the beat gets faster, like their hearts, and a brilliant melody slowly gets louder until their eardrums are about to explode. Then, viewers jump in their seats as something unexpecting blows up in their face. Hanz Zimmer has yet again created an undeniable masterpiece which dramatized those suspenseful scenes.

Although the music keeps your adrenaline pumping, the scenes that usually follow are drastically slower. It would go from intense moments to a quiet, calmer scene. This slightly ruined the pace of the movie, though it did make everyone jump a little higher when the music started again, almost like the foreboding music in “Jaws” that signaled a shark’s presence.

“Interstellar” is a unique view on time and space travel, which impresses its audience visually and musically. Its unexpected plot twists and incredible ideas keep viewers’ attention, despite the unusual pace.