2014: An Interstellar Odyssey

By Langston Teijeiro

Upon curiosity of venturing into the unknown, we as humans have always attempted to satiate our urges to look beyond our own reality. We as a species have always found ourselves looking up to the stars, and have pondered our relevance in a vast universe. We place so much value on our lives and we are delusional enough to believe that we are the prime beings in our universe. Throughout the past week, in between breaks of writing my scripts, I walked all around different areas of Manhattan in an attempt to achieve any form of human connection: eye contact, a nod, maybe even a smile?

In this endeavor, I found a whole bunch of people spending every fiber of their energy looking down onto a tiny screen; myself included at times. At this point, I wonder about the curiosity of my species. We lack the incentive to look above and beyond our own realm of knowledge, reality, and primitive priorities. We have lost the art of curiosity and must find a way to rekindle it.

However, all of that changed on November 5th, 2014. I was fortunate enough to catch an early screening of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” in 70MM IMAX format.

Suddenly, my incentive to look beyond was reborn as the opening scene began to roll. Christopher Nolan’s ode to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is mesmerizing, to say the least. Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan’s script brilliantly delivers an emphasis on Quantum Physics fuzed with elements of human nature that I’ve never seen in a feature film before.

Matthew McConaughey delivers the second best performance of his career as Cooper, who finds himself more lost on earth than he does in space. The ensemble cast fuse together to produce organic performances from Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Bill Irwin, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon, the legendary Ellen Burstyn, and many more. The great Hans Zimmer composes a score mostly consisting of an organ, which leads to a haunting demeanor that elevates the experience. The incident in the third act flawlessly fused scientific theories with human emotion. The film ends with arguably one of the greatest cameo appearances ever performed, and with a voiceover that touches the soul of the viewers, including my own.

To conclude, we live in a time where accessibility and technology are key priorities in our existence. “Interstellar” demands us to appreciate cinema in an organic and old fashioned manner by showering us with jaw-dropping visual affects and opportunities to travel across dimensions, all while still reminding us that we are human, after all.

My suggestion is that you go see this film… and see it in the largest screen possible.