Interstellar


>  Interstellar
>  *1/2
>  
>  Some people say that humans are destroying the planet.
>  I don’t think that’s true. Generations ago, doomsayers said
>  that the earth was becoming overpopulated. Today, we are easily feeding a
>  much larger human population with fewer farmers.
>  When I was in elementary school, news anchors warned us that
>  hairspray and discarded McDLT containers were depleting the ozone layer.
>  Thirty years later, I can still go outside without sunscreen.
>  When I was in middle school, science teachers told us in no
>  uncertain terms that human excess was causing global warming and it was
>  getting worse every year. However, check tomorrow’s low temperature on
>  your Weather Channel ap: we can agree that the earth has not become
>  unlivably hot.
>  That said, the planet WILL actually become unlivable sometime
>  in the long term future. I wonder what humans will do to try to survive?
>  
>  I know what they won’t do: it’s all documented in the
>  ridiculous, disappointing new movie “Interstellar.”
>  The story begins in the late 21st Century. Increasingly bad
>  dust storms have made growing food much more difficult. The people left on
>  earth have been forced to become farmers out of necessity.
>  Humanity has one last hope: driven by mysterious supernatural
>  forces, Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) stumbles upon a secret NASA
>  project to fly a space ship to another galaxy to find another temperate
>  planet for humans to colonize.
>  How is it possible, you may ask, for humans with 80-year life
>  spans to get to planets that are thousands of light years away? Simple:
>  Cooper and his crew travel through a worm hole near Saturn that was
>  intentionally put there by super-intelligent aliens from the fifth
>  dimension. That, by the way, is perhaps the most comprehensible and least
>  far-fetched thing that happens in this bloated three hour movie.
>  “Interstellar” is writer/director Christopher Nolan (The
>  Dark Knight trilogy, “Inception”)’s first misstep as a filmmaker.
>  
>  I don’t know whether to call it over-ambition or arrogance.
>  Either way, Nolan tries to explore way too many sociological themes –
>  love, family, individualism vs. collectivism, the effect of time on the
>  psyche – and he doesn’t make any profound points about any of them.
>  
>  Nolan’s best films  - “Memento” and “The Prestige”
>  – are elegantly crafted masterpieces that I have been delighted to watch
>  over and over again. For “Interstellar,” once was more than enough.
>  
>  Right now, earth seems to be far away from catastrophe and
>  doom. But considering how quickly Christopher Nolan went from a brilliant
>  filmmaker to a pretentious hack, things could degenerate quickly. Maybe we
>  really should start exploring possible ways for humanity to colonize other
>  planets. I mean REAL ways; not the kind presented in “Interstellar.”
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