Okay, a lot to talk about here, right? I’ll start with a few key points:
- Almost from the moment ended, I started to dread all the Inception-like close analysis and nitpickery the movie will no doubt inspire regarding whether the science works. Does it work? Don’t ask me: I’ve just seen a lot of science-fiction movies. It all seemed plausible enough to me, which is all that matters.
- Anne Hathaway: Too strong an actress for too thin a part? I say no. Because with a less-expressive actress, I wouldn’t have believed her love-driven motivations behind her planet of choice.
- Mackenzie Foy: Bred in a lab to resemble Jessica Chastain? I say yes. Also, she’ve very good.
- Also very good: Jessica Chastain. That isn’t news, but she beautifully conveys a mix of anger, love, and determination.
- Hey, it’s big surprise guest star Matt Damon! He’s also quite good in this movie. He so easily conveys virtuousness that I didn’t see his twist coming.
- The Big Twist: That, on the other hand, I saw coming from the start. Of course it’s Cooper talking to his daughter from the inter-dimensional beyond. Who else could it be? This is the part of the movie that worked least well for me, in part because I saw it coming, in part because it plays into the movie’s problem with repetitiveness, and in part because it goes on for half-of-forever. (Though that may be relativity exerting its influence.)
- TARS: Love him. “Slaves for my robot colony.” He could have been a Jar-Jar-like annoyance. Instead, he gives the film a breath of fresh air whenever it needs it.
- What about the animals? Do they get off Earth?
- Did anyone else think it wouldn’t take much to make this movie a prequel to WALL-E?