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3 reasons why Interstellar remains an underrated gem

The underrated Interstellar creates space nerds

By: Jake Rajala

The mystic and futuristic term “Interstellar” can be recalled in two ways. Interstellar can be reminisced as “the space between the stars in a galaxy”. Then there is the second popular, less nerdy notion of the space expression. Interstellar is commonly and perhaps most remembered among the general population as a sci-fi film, with Matthew McConaughey, and cinematic experience to make the average viewer feel as if they know more about the universe than they actually do (guilty as charged here). 

In this rebuttal, I’m going to outline the second detailing above of the introduced flashy outer space word. So, movie buffs, Nolanites, and interested readers let’s go under the scope and see why Interstellar is a classic gem. 

  • One of the best movie scenes by Christopher Nolan. 

Let’s cut to the chase and break out the obvious highlight of Interstellar. Cooper escapes deadly beef with Mann (Matt Damon). Coop and Brand return to space and they face crushing reality.

When Matthew McConaughey aka “Cooper” returns from Miller’s planet where 1 hour on that planet is 7 years on Earth, the main character needs to see the lost time with his family. Cooper returns to witness his similar daughter and tough loved son have grown from children to adults. Cooper shows a very intense and sensitive display when he comes to realize the impact of his absence. Cooper’s emotional attachment is clear and the significance of the remainder of Cooper’s missions is visible. This scene would obviously be turned into a brilliant gif, as well. 

Furthermore, the always curious Murph discovers that Professor Brand knew the answer to gravity wasn’t productive because they needed answers from within a black hole. There are silent harsh grudges between Murph and Coop until they come to realize that they can communicate with gravity through a bookshelf. It’s almost a Narnia-like bookshelf.

  • Theme of Hope and Love

All of Christopher Nolan’s films are inspirational. Yet, I feel like Interstellar incorporates a bit more realistic elements with space and even interstellar travel than movies like Inception and Tenet. Furthermore, I believe the connection that Cooper shows with his family through the few age gaps is simply unmatched. Nolan clearly shows a more empathic side and he may do so better in this movie than in any of his other films.

I also feel like space travels show very strong, long-term visions of hope. In an age where Elon Musk attracts millions of fans for his passion for space, Nolan simply reimburses the importance of a space trip in this space classic. On a side note, I strongly feel that Nolan does a fantastic job of jolting Cooper’s journey to getting blasted into space from humble beginnings. Cooper was an engineer turned farmer, who ultimately got transcended into a space cowboy. 

  • Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan are literally like Peanut Butter and Jelly. Nolan has a shadow of Hans Zimmer’s orchestra following him on every big movie set. With that being said, I have to note that Zimmer particularly stood out with his talents in Interstellar. The combination of the different settings in the verses and Zimmer’s choice of music was absolutely amazing.

The illustrious Hans Zimmer has worked on Inception, Gladiator, Dark Knight, Dunkirk, No Time to Die, Blade Runner 2049, Dune, and many Pirates of The Caribbean films.

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