Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Finally after far too long I made it back to the movies. Part of that was because I felt like no good movies were coming out and part of that was because I have been very busy. But this was not a movie I was going to miss. How could Nolan, McConaughey, Caine and space/time travel be a miss? It couldn’t be. In terms of plot, the film is fairly straight forward. People have pushed the planet to its limits and if the world cannot find another place to live all of humanity will perish. In comes McConaughey as a washed up astronaut to save the day but at the cost of leaving his family. From there on out the movie does a lot explanation on how space travel and time travel and even relativity work. I honestly felt during the film I should have been taking notes because these were not simple concepts. This is not one of those films where you appreciate regardless of whether or not you understand the science, I honestly believe that the science is so important to the plot that not understanding the science will actually ruin the film. The acting was good but not necessary. The film relies on an interesting plot and incredible visuals. The actors do a good job of not getting in the way of the film, but they do not add anything either. Now the visuals and music were spectacular. Even when you expect a lot, the film still impresses. Not only was the music good though, the sound itself was great. The film knew when the silence of space would add value and when the score would add value. That is something that Gravity did well also. The film kind of falls a little flat at the end and leaves you with a lot of questions. Not the same types of questions like in Memento or Inception but more questions on how the science itself works.
I definitely recommend seeing this movie but would also recommend understanding some of the basics of relativity, wormholes, and time travel before you go. It absolutely adds to the experience if those things are understood.