The Movie “Interstellar”-My Review

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Now in U.S. wide release, Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers have distributed the $165 million dollar science fiction film, “Interstellar.” The running time of this film is 169 minutes, that’s 2 hours and 49 minutes. I saw the film this morning and I want to give you my review and my “take” on what I saw. Normally I would leave this to others and believe me reviews for this film have been flooding the media here in the United States for days on end. But I come at this with a unique perspective. I write science fiction. I have poured years of my life into the research and writing of my epic science fiction novel, “The SETI Trilogy.” Available now on Amazon Kindle, you can buy each of my three books separately or together in one volume in an anthology. The book is 799 pages long and contains 220,000 words. Because of that word count most publishers would consider this novel in the category, “Epic.”

For years I have done research into Theoretical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Time Dilation, and Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Trust me, I am not an astronomer, physicist, or learned scholar on the subject but I do know enough about these subject matters that I can sit down and write three books weaving these disciplines into my story line. Ergo, that is why I feel I have a background in these matters strong enough to tell you a little about what the movie “Interstellar” is about. And, by the way, thank goodness director Christopher Nolan engaged Caltech cosmologist Kip Thorne as Technical Adviser for this film.

Without giving away any major plot lines that would destroy your experience, basically this is film about a dying Earth and the imperative for mankind to move to another planet quickly for the human species to survive. Movie actor Matthew McConaughey plays the part of Cooper the only pilot capable of guiding his ship and support vessel through a wormhole to find a suitable replacement for our planet. There’s a girl involved, Anne Hathaway, sitting next to him in the copilot’s seat as scientist. There’s a “baddie” briefly played by Matt Damon. The NASA professor starting the entire expedition in motion is played by Michael Caine. And a wonderful character in this film played flawlessly by Ellen Burstyn.

The crew is sent through a wormhole, has adventures on a couple of planet candidates for relocation. In the end it is Cooper, the pilot, who moves through time and space and a Black Hole for a twist ending that did take me a bit by surprise but tracked beautifully with the possibilities of dimensional travel and time dilation…all theoretical at this point in our human history.

There have been comparisons of “Interstellar” to the sci-fi film all others are measured by, “2001.” But it is my contention you really can’t compare the two. Separated by almost 47 years the physics and quantum theories have evolved since then and for certain the technology of movie making have advanced many times over. But what this movie, “Interstellar,” succeeds at is that it is the Science in Science Fiction. Throughout the film these theories of travelling through wormholes, creating floating cities in space, moving past the Event Horizon of a Black Hole are key elements of the storytelling that propels that story forward. I think that exposition succeeds in my humble opinion.

Okay, I admit it; I am a Science Fiction, geek. I love to read it, watch it on TV, and experience it in the movie theater. But most important of all I write science fiction novels and I am immersed in the science of all of these exotic theories and I have basic understanding. Does the general public have that same recognition? I doubt it but there is one thing that filmmakers and writers of science fiction should never do and that is underestimate the wisdom and intelligence of their audiences. And that I do with every word I write.

So then, I think that for most people “Interstellar” works. The theater this morning was about half-full. That is pretty good for a Friday morning, work week in Prescott, Arizona. I’ll be anxious to see the weekend box office results that should report this Sunday, but I have a feeling the numbers will be pretty good and Paramount and Warner Brothers should be happy.

I know that when I left the theater I was happy. I was satisfied because I think “Interstellar” is a great movie. Not perfect, but great, wonderful, must-see type of a film. Will it hold through time like “2001”…uh, maybe. Stanley Kubrick made a movie in 1968 that was ground breaking in the way it was photographed; he started his career as a photographer for Life Magazine way back when. The story for “2001” came from the master science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke, my science fiction writer hero of heroes, from his original story “The Sentinel.” So when you have a brilliant filmmaker working closely with a brilliant writer, your chances of succeeding are greatly increased, not guaranteed but in this case monumental in result.

For our time amongst the sea of crap that floats in the current library of films on the screen now with death, mayhem, slaughter, butchery, constant vehicle chases, and widely scattered explosions, this film “Interstellar” stands out. It stands out and I recommend you see it. I plan to see it again and certainly will get the Blu-Ray disk when it is released months from now. I want to close the loop on a few story tricks used in the film that I may have missed. Hey, I am a writer and I can learn from success, right?

There are two quick items I do want to end up with in regard to this film. An actor speaks a line in the film something like: “…children should never die before their parents.” That very correct concept seemed to be emerging throughout the film. All I can say in this review is that this statement rings true for my wife and me. Because of that concept spoken in dialogue the film moved me and will stay with me as part of our personal tragedy for the rest of my life.

Secondly and finally, what struck me about the story line of “Interstellar” as I sat there in the theater watching intently; it is very close to the exact reverse story line of my three-book saga, “SETI.” Therefore, let me state with confidence and little humility, If You Liked the Movie “Interstellar” You Will Love My Book Anthology, “The SETI Trilogy.” I have placed a photo with the cover below and embedded a hyperlink that will take you to my book page on Amazon Kindle.

In sum, I really liked “Interstellar” and rate it a good 8.5-9 out of 10. I am going to purchase this film on DVD or download it when available because I liked it so much and will be watching many times as the years go on.

I hope you enjoyed reading this extended blog, my review of “Interstellar.” I also hope if you are a sci-fi geek like me, you will try to catch the film in its current release or when it is released in your country as well. The story and ideas in this film have no borders and they can be enjoyed by all 7 billion of us humans on our island planet circling our star, our Sun, 92 million miles away.

Thank you for sticking with me and being a part of my blog community. Your comments below would be greatly appreciated. I want to know what you think.


Frederick Fichman