Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Interstellar



tags: dystopian, science fiction, time travel

a generous Star emoticon

Excerpts of plot description from Wikipedia
On Earth, crop blight has caused civilization to regress into a failing agrarian society. Former military pilot and NASA astronaut Cooper runs a farm with his family. Murph, Cooper's 10-year-old daughter, believes her room is haunted by a poltergeist trying to communicate with her. They soon discover that Murphy's "ghost" is an unknown intelligence sending coded messages using gravitational waves, leaving binary coordinates in the dust that direct them to a secret NASA installation led by Professor John Brand. Brand reveals that a wormhole, apparently created by an advanced intelligence, has opened near Saturn and leads to new planets in another galaxy that may offer hope for humanity's survival. NASA's "Lazarus missions" have identified three potentially habitable worlds orbiting a supermassive black hole named Gargantua: Miller, Edmunds, and Mann, named after the astronauts who surveyed them. Brand recruits Cooper to pilot the spacecraft Endurance to recover the astronauts' data; if one of the planets is habitable, humanity will follow on space stations. Cooper's departure devastates Murph, and they part on bad terms.
My beef with this not-so-stellar production:
>too long at almost 3 hours; needs seriously smart editing
>everybody mumbles his/her lines; so so performances by all
>music too loud; specially irritating when cast are mumbling and music is still on drowning out the dialog; makes me constantly yell at the teevee
>tries too hard to be deep and meaningful; puts me to sleep instead
>stupidity abounds: Anne Hathaway's character, Amelia Brand, has a death wish - the mother of all tsunamis is visibly upon them but, la la la la, she still lingers in the water, la la la la la; whoosh! One dead colleague; thanks a lot Amelia.
>only in movies will you see a flabby astronaut (Maaaaatt Daaaaamon); about 30 minutes of wasted film because his part adds nothing to the story.
>the ending is terrible and vague: why would Cooper's daughter tell him to go and join Amelia? There isn't a whiff of "budding romance" between them.
>Anne is the most annoying and her dinner plate eyes are distracting; she reminds me of Powerpuff Girls cartoon characters.

Separated At Birth
Anne Hathaway and Buttercup - separated at birth?

Not recommended; okay, maybe for insomniacs.

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