As a big fan of Christopher Nolan’s movies, I made sure to go see Interstellar this past weekend and I was not disappointed. We watched it in IMAX which made it even more visually spectacular.. I thought Matthew McConaughey did a great job, along with the rest of the impressive cast of Nolan favorites, like Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. It was a long movie of 2 hours and 49 minutes but none of it dragged. The concept was so big actually, that some parts were rushed through. They didn’t have time to show us astronaut training or further develop certain relationships. Regardless, it came together very well.
I took my 10-year-old son with us to this movie. I can’t say that there was anything I regret him seeing even though it was PG-13 but he definitely didn’t appreciate the movie as an adult would. He enjoyed watching it since the space scenes were cool and he liked the characters and the robots. However, there was a lot of science, even quantum physics that he and even many adults would not understand. I did my best to explain what was going on but on a deeper scientific level, even I was at a loss. I was impressed that this movie did have a lot of real scientific basis and the Nolans even hired renowned physicist Kip Thorne to consult. It was still science fiction though, so one had to be flexible with their imaginations and not get caught up in every detail of the believable science. Just relax your mind and believe in wormholes and time/space travel for 3 hours.
The thing I liked most about this movie was that it was very thought-provoking. It shows a dismal view of Earth, one that is running out of food and becoming uninhabitable. It shows the government controlling people’s education and jobs based on what they feel the planet needs. NASA is a hidden organization since their work wouldn’t be seen as necessary to feeding the starving population. It is a scary world and though fictional, it really makes you think because until now, we have been taking from our planet without any thought to how we might damage the Earth. There are still so many entitled people who deny the future consequences of our treatment of the planet. The majority of humans are not thinking about what could happen with excessive pollution and population, climate change, or dwindling fossil fuels. We are still in a place where money is the driving force and concern for the environment is a hassle. There is growing environmental awareness now but hopefully things improve and people become more responsible. We need to keep our home healthy for many future generations.
The bleak and scary view of the planet was another thing that I think wasn’t something you really want to have your children see. However, I don’t think it had the same impact on my 10-year-old that it had on me. I think kids at that age generally see things on the surface while an adult will feel what is going on because they can analyze the deeper meaning. I didn’t want my son to see that the people on Earth could die but I think he just saw it for what it was, a science fiction movie about a fake Earth. Meanwhile, I was much more shaken because of the parallels that I mentioned above. In any case, I don’t think this is an inappropriate movie for kids but my son enjoyed Big Hero 6 more. As for the adults, I thought it was a great movie and I recommend watching it!