Love is not bound by time and space.
Christopher Nolan has tested our limits. The extremities of what we are capable of, both as a species and as individuals.
In the near three-hour epic that is Interstellar, two strands in the narrative became vividly clear. There is no doubt that the universe and the rules that govern it are too gargantuan for our relatively young minds to comprehend. But within all that we have a purpose and a force driving us that is just as majestic – love.
Gloriously filmed in an almost documentary style, with a score to suit (thanks again Hans Zimmer), a team is sent through a wormhole in space to find a replacement for a dying Earth.
There is no guarantee that the crew will return. The risks are incalculable. How can a father make the choice to leave his kids to take on such a mission?
Former NASA pilot Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey, takes up the responsibility because he knows if he doesn’t, his kids will have no chance at survival at all .
It’s hard to believe Nolan et al were able to base a film around the highly complex Theory of Relativity, but it has been done before, in Contact for instance.
The success or failure of the crew’s journey is slave to this theory and it’s woven into the story well, if you excuse some fiction added on top – theoretical physicists haven’t gotten far enough to provide us with the full picture yet.
There is no escaping the fact that humans do not belong in space – not right now anyway – but Cooper shows us a father’s love is capable of incredible things, like the will to get back to his children.
There are others who are driven by their love for science and the survival of the human race, like Anne Hathaway’s Dr Brand.
Interstellar’s storyline is more complex than most, and whether or not Nolan’s intention is to confuse or outsmart us, many elements of the storyline will surely be up for debate.
All in all, though, I can say the love between Cooper and his daughter Murph connects him and us to our humanity throughout this incomprehensible adventure, bringing out a range of emotions in me that not many films have been able to accomplish.