This movie is nearly three hours long but honestly I was never bored. As far as Sci-Fi films go this one is at least as good as Arrival and might even be good as 2001: A Space Odyssey. Also, though I love Star Wars, seeing a space movie set in hard science is always a plus for me. Everything they talk about here is theoretically possible, until it isn’t, near the end.
This movie isn’t immediately apparent as a Christopher Nolan movie, it’s more a movie about a journey, both a literal one and an emotional one, for an astronaut as he has to leave his family behind in the hope that he can save humanity.
Matthew Mcconaughey does a terrific job in this movie, never thought I’d say that, but it’s true. He really makes me feel for the character he plays and I enjoy his performance as he goes on his noble quest.
I also really enjoyed the score. Hans Zimmer has really grown into an amazing songwriter and it shows here. The sound design, cinematography, and special effects were sometimes especially weird but Zimmer is very good at creating a sound that matches the scene no matter how strange it is. All parts work very well together to create a cohesive, running theme.
I also really enjoyed the story, but can’t really talk about it without spoiling something.
Why you should watch it before you die: It’s a movie more for nerdy sci-fi people like me than others but, like 2001: a Space Odyssey, puts forth enough thought-provoking ideas that I feel most people could gain something from it.
+8: Very good space movie with a Christopher Nolan spin on it
+1: Amazing score, sound, cinematography, special effects