Movie Review: ‘Interstellar’ 3 out of 5 Stars

PolitiChicks.comby Holly Woodland

Do not go gentle into that goodnight

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light

Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas’s poetic words are a central theme in “Interstellar” starring Matthew McConaughey (“Cooper”) and Anne Hathaway (“Amelia”). Director and writer Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight”) glimpses into the near future of the earth as dust covers the planet and unbeknownst to all, will lead to the eventual demise of sustaining human life.  Existence has become cynical and predictable as we see Cooper (McConaughey) lectured by his daughter’s (Mackenzie Foy as young “Murph”) grade school teacher that the Apollo missions were only a U.S. deception and higher education is now limited to only a few. His former days as an astronaut are halted as farming is now determined to be his only pursuit.

McConaughey is masterful in his performance as a disillusioned father in conflict with wanting to save the human race by exploration of finding a new planet (from a secretly hidden space agency) while leaving his family behind. His decision takes him into the reaches of the universe while exploring his own humanity with a recurring theme of “Does love conquer all?” Other impressive performances include Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as his grown daughter (“Murph”) as well as Ellen Burstyn (old “Murph”) and Michael Cain (“Professor Brand”).

This “2001: A Space Odyssey” like film is intense in it’s scientific presentation as well as symbolism and can be difficult to follow at times, however some will find it (just as in Kubricks film) compelling to see more than once.

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Holly Woodland

Holly Woodland is a native Californian who has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. In 'real life' she is a working actress, author and now Holly Woodland, a Hollywood film critic. Holly began her acting career on the stages of New York and leading theaters across the country. Once gaining her professional theater credits, she moved back to Los Angeles where she appeared in several television series including: Weeds, Grey's Anatomy, and was a regular comedic sketch artist on Jay Leno's Tonight Show for several years. She has authored many live theatrical productions, which are currently running across the United States. Holly's travels both in this country and abroad gives her the perspective of what she feels real people want to see in entertainment, whether it be films of today or the glorious films of the past.

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