Sunday, November 09, 2014

Interstellar is a Confusing Space Movie with Plot Holes

Interstellar poster with Matthew McConaughey
Interstellar Movie Poster

Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway star in the sci-fi space thriller, Interstellar. Find out why this movie was entertaining, yet flawed and didn't make sense at certain places. The following may spoil the movie for you, so if you haven't seen it yet, this contains spoilers.

Plot Holes in the Confusing Space Movie Interstellar

There were a few big problems with the plot of the movie, Interstellar. At the end of the movie, the movie-goer is left scratching his head, saying "What?" rather than feeling that the movie was complete and made sense.

First Problem: Actor Voices Were Not Clear Enough

First of all, the movie opened with old people talking about something. Honestly, I can't remember what they were saying. Their voices were not clear, and they were talking about something.

I have really great hearing, and I was having trouble understanding the voices. I was also with a person that was having hearing difficulties, and she said she couldn't understand what they were saying. This is a problem. If you want the audience to know what is going on, have clear voices, and do voice-overs until you get it right.

If you want to thoroughly confuse the audience, start a movie with inaudible talking, and you might really get people scratching their heads.

Second Problem: Movie Started out Very Slow

I went into the movie expecting nothing. I thought it was a space movie, and the movie starts out on Earth on a farm. The movie did not seem to make a good transition to Matthew McConaughey (Cooper) finding NORAD because a ghost told him the coordinates.

The ghostly addition to the movie was odd. In the farmhouse, the ghost was communicating with Murph (the daughter), but she wasn't scared of it. I thought the ghost was the dead mother. We find out later in the movie that the ghost was Matthew McConaughey (Cooper) in space, which is weird.

Third Problem: The Ghost and How Did Matthew McConaughey Survive?

I'm still confused about how Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) survived the spaceship breaking apart.  He then floated in his space suit toward a planet and when he started getting pulled into its gravity, he fell down until he was suspended into a blurry library. It then showed that he was responsible for moving the books, and sending a coded message of "Stay" to young Murph. He was telling his daughter to make himself stay. It didn't work. So then, Cooper, does something to the watch on the bookshelf to give the middle aged Murph a message. It doesn't say what the message is, but we can deduce it is the coordinates of where he is floating in space. They find him with only minutes left of oxygen, and take him back to the floating space station near Saturn, where an old Murph is about to die. 

The whole movie, they talk as if an intelligent alien race built or guided the humans to space to find an alternate planet to live on. The confusing part becomes the fact that it wasn't aliens that built this spacial library where Cooper can communicate with himself and young Murph. 

What makes it even more confusing is that Cooper gets the coordinates of NORAD from the ghost, so why would he give the coordinates to himself, if he is telling his daughter to make himself stay.

Also, Cooper is attacked by Dr. Mann (Matt Damon) earlier on, and Cooper is left with his face mask depressurizing. Brand (Anne Hathaway) flies a space ship over to him, but he would be dead in that amount of time. Somehow Cooper survives.

Fourth Problem: Romilly Would not have Waited 23 Years

In the movie, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway and the other guy go down to the water planet. She says for every hour they are there, 7 years passes on the ship above. So they finally leave the planet after it is a dud, and they get back and Romilly has aged 23 years. This is pretty out there. No one would wait 23 years on an away mission. This part was unbelievable.

What Did Work in the Confusing Space Movie Interstellar

The emotions in the movie are easy to connect with.  There is a message that you can miss out on a person's life, if you make certain choices.  I could connect with this.  It shared the importance that you should make every moment count, even if you are in a space ship trying to save the world.

In the end, Cooper races to go find Brand (Anne Hathaway), who is now alone on some planet.

I did not find the older people talking on the video screens relevant to the movie, and think it would have been far less confusing if they were not shown at the beginning of the movie.

These emotional scenes of separation, and the scars from it almost evoked tears from a movie goer I talked to. I could see that.

Overall, this movie was confusing and it is therefore deemed a Redbox movie. It is not worth paying movie ticket prices to get confused at a space movie like Interstellar.

Watch the Interstellar trailer below:

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