‘Interstellar’ is ‘alright, alright, alright’ with moviegoers

It’s not often when a movie comes along and challenges the audience to question his or her place in the universe.

In a world full of campy dialogue and big explosions in films, “Interstellar” is an imaginative, original, and ambitious time-space odyssey that will take viewers through a sci-fi experience unlike any other.

Living up to his reputation for making some of the most influential and popular films of his time, director Christopher Nolan adds another epic film to his Internet Movie Database page.

Nolan’s brilliant way of storytelling with films such as “Memento” and “Inception” makesInterstellar” no exception to how captivating his films unfold. With a complex jigsaw puzzle-like narrative, “Interstellar” builds toward a mind-blowing revelation that ties everything together right before the credits roll.

The film takes place in the not-so-distant future where earth and its inhabitants are teetering on the edge of extinction; an inhumane death by famine and only one man can save the world and that’s by finding a new one. Matthew McConaughey plays a pilot-turned-farmer who must leave his family in order to save them by traveling light years away from earth to find a suitable planet that could sustain human life.

McConaughey exerts the same level of confidence and charisma piloting a spacecraft as he does so elegantly driving a Lincoln automobile. He’s just the man for audience members to believe in and root for. By the time the film is done, the audience will forget all about Jim Carrey’s McConaughey impersonations, or hopefully the Lincoln commercials.

Anne Hathaway’s performance in the film is certainly noteworthy; thought her character comes off as obnoxious for a good portion of the film, but eventually finds a way into hearts in the final scenes.

Matt Damon makes a surprising appearance in the film. It’s a treat to see Damon play something other than the roles he’s accustomed to when he’s usually the male lead, but still have that “Matt Damon” quality in his character.

Like with Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Neil deGrasse Tyson gave his opinion on the science behind the film. “In Interstellar: Experience Einstein’s Relativity of Time as no other feature film has shown,” Tyson wrote on his Twitter page. He also reminded his Twitter followers not to look for his “opinions on new films,” on a different tweet. “All I do is highlight the science one might or might not find in them,” he added.

Unlike “Gravity”, “Interstellar” is a mixing science and spirituality with a father-daughter tale that splendidly swirls across a cosmic frontier.

The film left viewers remaining in their seats speechless for a whole 15 seconds after the final scene. Audience members eventually made their way to the exits in utter silence, the atmosphere in the theater was unlike any film experience.

The audience was either blown away or confused, but in the end the film alters anyone’s perception of the universe in a way to how insignificant each individual is on a grander scale.

Through its astonishing visual effects, the film explores philosophical ideas and theoretical physics unlike any movie before it, making the audience believe in the possibilities in interstellar travel.

This film is in many ways much like when Georges Méliès first took audiences on ride in A Trip to the Moon in 1902. The father of special effects had viewers mesmerized and inspired many to build and shoot rockets to the moon ever since.

Maybe someday “Interstellar” would have the same effect and inspire a kid somewhere to build a craft that would take the first humans out of our galaxy. One thing that’s true about great art, life has a funny way of imitating it.