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Out of this world..or lost in space? Why new sci-fi epic Interstellar is dividing the movie critics.

by AMY BELL BLOCKBUSTER Interstellar has been branded as big as it gets but the Christopher Nolan film is already dividing critics.

The highly-anticipated sci-fi movie featuring Matthew McConaughey is released this week and is already being tipped for Oscar glory.

However, there has been a backlash from some critics who think it is all style and no substance, with some calling it a "mess".

Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson said: "I can imagine, in some other galaxy or dimension, a more exciting Interstellar, one that is more coldly curious about all that lies beyond human perception."

Jarrod Walker, from Filmink wrote: "The film falters at minor points as the script creaks under the weight of its own ambitions."

And Buzzfeed critics said: "It's a sometimes poignant, but more often pandering, ode to American exceptionalism."

Interstellar is a film about an engineer and pilot called Cooper, played by Oscar winner McConaughey, who leaves his daughter to go on a crucial space mission.

Humans are in need of a new place to live and Cooper is one of the four assigned to travel beyond our solar system to search for a planet that can sustain life as Earth is running out of viable resources.

He has to face leaving his family to pursue mankind's salvation without knowing if he will return.

Speaking about the film, McConaughey said: "There's no return ticket - that's a hell of a question. That's as hard as it can get."

The Dallas Buyers Club actor said Interstellar is "as enormous as anything that's been put on the screen. It's got questions that we can talk about until the end of time".

Nolan, who directed and co-wrote the movie, has already established himself as a big name in Hollywood.

He is known for his well-regarded trio of the Batman movies which raked in [euro]3billion at the global box office. The 44-year-old also directed and wrote Inception and the story behind the Superman film Man of Steel.

His latest offering is already hyped to be a massive success in both the box office and in terms of Academy Awards.

Some have already tipped it to win Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography.

The science-fiction epic is nearly three hours long and cost [euro]210million to make. But what is most special al about it is that it is completely an original piece of work co-written by Nolan and his brother Jonah.

The story was created by the pair who were inspired by their childhood and wanting to explore interstellar travel.

At a Q&A at CinemaCon earlier this year, Nolan said: "For me it's about harking back to films I saw when I was a child.

"I grew up in an era that was the golden age of the blockbuster, where something being a family film could be very broad and universal.

"I feel like that is something I want to see again. Something that looks at where we are as people and where we might go."

Nolan added that they filmed the movie as if it was a documentary and wanted to really explore the scientific elements in great detail.

By combining the help of one of renowned astrophysicist Kip Thorne as an executive producer, Interstellar is said to depict the most accurate black hole in science fiction history.

As well as McConaughey, the blockbuster has a cast of acclaimed actors which include Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain and together are said to make it more than just a science fiction movie about space.

McConaughey said his decision to star in Interstellar was inspired by his six-year-old son Levi who wants to invent a spacesuit that will let him walk on the sun.

And in a recent interview with E! Chastain added that Interstellar had Ielements of romance.

She said: "It's definitely a love story, definitely a love story.

"As much as the film is about outer space and the most incredible action, adventure, epic, epic film - it's so much about love. Trust me, there's no way to over-hype this film."

Co-star and Oscar winner Hathaway said her role in the movie was challenging which made her learn astrophysics, risk hypothermia and left her questioning the future of humankind.

She added: "When I read the script and saw I had most of the scientific dialogue, I thought, 'Oh dear. How am I going to learn that? How are we going to make this entertaining for the audience?' "I think we all want to really live good lives and have a healthy planet, although I don't know if we're supposed to be on it for ever.

"Does that mean we should be building rocket ships to shoot us into outer space? Well if we can, I think we should."

Interstellar hits Irish cinemas on Friday.

I imagine in some other galaxy a more exciting Interstellar RICHARD LAWSON VANITY FAIR CRITIC


EPIC ACHIEVEMENT Christopher Nolan

SHIP SHAPE McConaughey and Hathaway discuss tactics

TROUBLED WATERS Brand finds herself in difficulty throughout the movie

SCREEN ICONS Anne Hathaway, McConaughey and Jessica Chastain

space cadet Anne Hathaway plays astronaut Brand in movie
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2014
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