‘Interstellar’ a Mesmerizing Adventure

Forde Womack, Editor in Chief

From a man who loves science, I felt honored to see “Interstellar.”

I was shocked but extremely happy at seeing an animated wormhole, as well as a black hole.  This was by far the most satisfying film I saw last year. With plot, character, and best of all, mystery, this is director Christopher Nolan’s best work.

The minute I went into the theater, I expected something big. The opening is a 21st-century dust bowl, which we can assume might be from global warming or something related to mankind. Nonetheless, a blight has ravaged the plants, killing every vegetable, fruit, most grass — and okra.

If you love a good story or are studying film, go and see it. If you walk in with an open mind and a little bit of knowledge, you’ll enjoy it even more. It’s an adventure I’d love to go on once more.”

We stumble into Cooper, a former engineer and space pilot. Cooper’s life revolves around farming, and okra has finally lost its battle against blight. The only vegetable left is corn. But all of that changes when Cooper tries to take his two kids to their school conferences. He detours through a cornfield to catch a drone. This scene’s music is powerful.

Hans Zimmer’s pipe organ took control and strapped me to the back of that truck. It immersed me, made me feel like I was there. Since Cooper is a farmer and an engineer, he takes control, deconstructs the drone and uses it to fix a combine. He takes it to his truck and drives his kids to their conferences, only to be a little late.

Cooper finds out that his daughter, Murphy, was doing a project on the lunar landing, which was deemed propaganda by America back in the ’60s. Murphy starts a fight and is close to suspension. Cooper gets angry and gets his daughter suspended for two weeks, so he can teach her correctly.

Oh yeah, Murphy is experiencing paranormal activity. Books keep getting knocked off her shelf and an Apollo lander is destroyed.One fateful day Cooper takes his son and daughter to a baseball game. A massive dust storm washes over them. When they get home, as Cooper tries to keep dust out of Murphy’s room, he sees it — something separating the dust from the floor.

Cooper eventually concludes there is a strong gravitational phenomenon occurring in binary code. He and Murphy trek to the destination, led by the code to a fence in the middle of nowhere locked by a chain and padlock.

As soon as Cooper exits his car and grabs his bolt cutters, a light is shown on him, and he is stunned by a taser. Murphy is seen screaming and is told, “Don’t be afraid!”

Aliens and wormholes follow as one of the underlying themes in this movie is existentialism. What year is it? Why is Cooper trying to get off Earth? Why do the aliens take pity? All questions are left to speculation.

Now to discuss my favorite part, CGI. World-renowned scientist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson said this film has the most accurate depiction of a wormhole. If you know nothing about wormholes, they are pretty much splits between space.Usually they reflect what they lead to.

They could lead to another galaxy, another universe, pretty much anywhere. But the best part is, you can come back safe and sound. That’s only a theory, though, and scientists have not found a wormhole anywhere close to us.

The planets also look phenomenal, as if the cameras were taken to another galaxy and shot on different planets. Ice worlds, red worlds, sea worlds — they all look good.

Finally the music. Zimmerman has outdone himself. The music is epic. I was blown away by a pipe organ. On the soundtrack, my favorite piece is “Mountains.” It has a creative outlook on a clock noise and adds character to the piece as something being rushed. The buildup from the orchestra is breathtaking. The horns take the audience down a figurative mountain, bringing us back to Nolan’s earlier film, “Inception.” Furthermore, the piece is extended with a choir chanting, and later comes to a perfect close, silently.

So, is this movie worth you time? Yes. If you enjoy science and know about black holes and such, this is your movie. If you are a philosopher questioning life, you want to see this movie. If you love a good story or are studying film, go and see it.  If you walk in with an open mind and a little bit of knowledge, you’ll enjoy it even more. It’s an adventure I’d love to go on once more.