Interstellar: Movie Review

Christopher Nolan. You sir, are a creative machine of brilliance. Well minus The Dark knight Rises.

Full castDirector: Christopher Nolan. Writer:  Jonathan NolanChristopher Nolan. Run Time: 169 mins

The ones who I talk to on the regular, know I talk about space and it’s findings often. I love nebula’s, the cosmos show, comets. All that stuff. I also like time travel and multiple dimensions of the space time continuum. This movie has all that. It is a tad more sophisticated than it let’s on to be in the trailer. But that’s on purpose with trying to create a compelling story. At that, a compelling dramatic space story.

Matthew McConaughey delivers one of the best acting jobs I’ve seen all year. I fully believe he should be the front runner, rather winner for the top actor Oscar more  than any other. Unless Leonardo DiCaprio has a movie I don’t know about on the way, I fully expect Matthew to win it. His character’s reasons for leaving his family are greater than one could perceive and or relate to given how much we may take for granted but the dynamic of the worlds population at the brink of extinction and the possibility of losing his little girl (and ultimately his family) something any parent, much less, a father ultimately fears the most. Whats the saying? “Mommy’s little boy, Daddy’s little girl”? His constant reminder of what and why he agreed to the mission works well even as a way to show the passage of time. Its definitely a “best part” of the movie acting wise. That young child had great direction from Nolan when her father inevitably leaves. That scene sells everything even in the trailer.

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Michael Cain is showing age. But that’s only physically. He plays a more hidden agenda version (in a sense) of Matthew’s character. I’m sure to show the contrasting elements usually needed to tell a story. I will say his limited screen time either suggest the actors age or was simply story tightening. His later scenes seem to lack something.
I honestly feel, though good, Anne Hathaway’s character was under utilized. it was a missed opportunity on the creative crew’s part in that regard.

That all said, I feel the strongest aspect of it all, is the writing. I’m no science wizard, but I felt like I learned something about space, the space/time continuum, and things of that matter. Apparently they had an astrophysicist on set to ensure authenticity to the words. It helped if true. I will say just to wrap this up, as great as the writing is for about an hour 30, its absolutely ruined by that last bit. I would say its a matter of trying to be too deep and too “poetic” to have that end be a likely outcome. It’s not outside of the realm that Nolan and crew set up, its just kinda like…

Really, that’s where you want us (the audience) to go? Ok sure there buddy.

Anyway, bottom line,  its great thing to watch, but the last 20 minutes or so are rough. Sometimes not every journey has a great end. But a journey is usually fun all the same. This is that scenario.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8.3 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 9.8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 10 out of 10,
  • Audio: 10 out of 10,
  • Acting: 9 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Definitely worthy of picking up on blu-ray. Time to get a bigger T.V. however.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Now You See Me: Movie Review

Now you don’t (I had too).

Director: Louis Leterrier
Runtime: 115mins
Screenplay: Edward RicourtBoaz Yakin

now_you_see_me_xlgThis movie I awesome, I honestly wanted to see it for two reasons, it was the first true movie since the Avengers movie for Mark Ruffalo and I really like the pace of the director (note that this director, helmed “The Incredible Hulk” and is now working with the current hulk for this one)

This movie deals with a lot of magic yes, but oddly enough it’s not entirely on the forefront of the movie. It’s very much based on the story and the cat and mouse game all while making the viewer guess just what the hell is going to happen next. My best friend and Essenex co-founder saw this movie and did a review as well so peep that. [be nice to link him here

He tweeted and said it was the best movie of the month (May) and I didn’t believe him, but after seeing it I was easily swayed to agreement.

The movie relies heavily on the viewers’ suspension of disbelief to be really effective in executing its magic. But it also has the “viewer’s” angle in the movie in the form of Morgan Freeman. He’s the truest skeptic in the movie. Mark Ruffalo is the guy who is assigned to bring the magicians to face justice, and he honestly gets really into his character I felt. Then you have Jesse Eisenburg, who is much like the guy in Facebook. I wouldn’t say it is a typecast but I wouldn’t say he isn’t either. Going back to my acting class, the best actors play themselves my teacher told me so if it works for him, by all means continue. Oddly enough, it’s very fitting for his role.

The director, Louis Leterrier has a characteristically noticeable  way to change between acts and it’s no different here. Each major magic show is the cue for each act. and it helps to pace the movie. if you remember the incredible Hulk (with Ed Norton) each fight scene was the closing of the act and helped to pace it. It’s great when a movie has a good flow between dialogue and action.

And here is where I complain… It is a movie of course that the magic works. Being a film student, I had a bit of a hard time believing what was on the big screen. But the story was so strong I let the story kind of take over. Towards the end of the second act and even the explanation ending I was a bit confused so that alone had me really liking the movie… I couldn’t guess what was about to happen. Everyone always complains that there’s no originality in Hollywood anymore. Which may be true because a lot of how this movie started felt like Ocean’s Eleven.

Bottom line you’re probably going to have to watch this movie twice to fully understand where the twists came from.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie:  9 out of 10
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10 (camera stunt work is decent),
  • Editing: 9 out of 10
  • Special effects: 7 out of 10
  • Audio: 8 out of 10
  • Acting: 10 out of 10
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Much better to watch at home so you can really understand it. Worthy of a rental, in my eyes. But it would look nice on a shelf if you have friends over.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW