Staff Pick: ‘Interstellar’


Staff Pick: Interstellar

Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a widowed engineer and former NASA pilot, who runs a farm in the mid-21st Century. Dust storms and crop blights threaten man’s survival. Space exploration has been abandoned as all efforts are directed toward ensuring food for the future.

Coop’s daughter, Murph, thinks ghosts are knocking books off a bookshelf. Upon further observation, Coop decides someone is trying to signal them and determines that some dust rows are code for geographical coordinates. Coop decides to follow the coordinates. Murp wants to go, but Coop tells her to stay behind and record her observations. She gets mad and won’t forgive him for abandoning the family.

Meanwhile, Coop discovers a scaled down NASA operation, with a group of scientists who are trying to ensure the survival of humanity. They have discovered 12 potentially habitable planets near a Black Hole called Gargantua. It requires traveling through a wormhole, which will shorten the trip considerably.

The NASA head has developed two plans to ensure humans survive. Plan A involves using gravity propulsion (a new theory) for the mass exodus of all humans to other planets. Plan B involves using a conventional launch to send 5,000 frozen embryos to colonize other planets. This would involve space and time travel. Coop sets off on a wild adventure.

The cast is a list of who’s who including Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Anne Hathaway, William Devane, Michael Caine, and Topher Grace. The acting is superb, and the special effects are colorful. Although it’s rather lengthy, you’ll be greatly rewarded if you follow “Interstellar” (2014) to the end.

– Carl White (Local History Librarian)