Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 169 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 12+. Some cursing; some characters die; there is a lot of talk about familial and parental love, and also some discussion of romantic love; and lots of point-of-view style flying through space. The turbulence and POV might be nauseating for some viewers, especially younger ones.
The inevitable blockbuster ‘Interstellar’ is undeniably and respectably ambitious, with lots of questions about space, gravity, time, and the legacy of love. How disappointing and infuriating that it ultimately sidesteps its own mysteries for a lackluster final act.
By Roxana Hadadi
“Interstellar” is quite possibly the most anticipated blockbuster of the year, and to call it ambitious would be an understatement. Director Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the film with his brother and constant collaborator Jonathan, packs practically everything in here: questions about science, the morality of man, the presence of God and extraterrestrial beings, and the nature of love; gorgeous depictions of our galaxy and the eerie tranquility of space; and a solid lead performance from Matthew McConaughey. But all of it isn’t enough to bring cohesion this film, to elevate it past the questioning stage and into something deeper and more resonant. Nolan prods and pokes, repeats the same questions over and over again, and then just walks away from the conversation. Despite its always-beautiful imagery and sometimes-intriguing script, the film’s consistent plot holes make “Interstellar” an undeniable disappointment.