Interstellar: Love Wins

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To call Interstellar a blockbuster seems a tad disrespectful. This is more than a blockbuster, this is a cinematic event. This film is for me everything that is great about cinema. Visually stunning, at times tense at times heart wrenching, ear drum shattering. as I leant forward in my chair watching events unfold I realised I must have looked delirious. Wide eyed, grinning and blown away by what was on-screen in front of me.

I am also conscious that it has become a ‘Marmite’ film. It is either revered or despised, there does not seem to be any fence-sitting opinions in any of my social media feeds.

I sympathise (to an extent) with some of those who unable to get on board. The wobbly science (that may be putting it mildly), the cheesy pull of the heart-strings, the needless exposition of plot points.

I however was sold I was completely caught up and content to be  swept along . I was so completely engrossed that by the time the conclusion came I was astounded that such a ludicrous idea could be used.

The conclusion is ludicrous (fear not I’m not going to spoil anything)but not because it was unlikely and not because it was impossible in essence Interstellar boils downs to a very simple idea. Love.

Interstellar is dripping with love. Cinematic love for starters. Throughout this epic you can clearly see the nods to other sci-fi greats, the film is very much a thank you to those and in some ways its own love letter. More than that however is the overwhelming theme of love. Parental love, love for family, the love of home, love for our planet and ultimately love for our neighbour.

It is love that powers every characters thinking, every characters action, every decision taken and in the conclusion it is love that determines the sacrifices to be made.

Interstellar is, for me, a cinematic treasure and maybe the best from Christoher Nolan that we have seen. How can I be so bold as to claim that this flawed film  his greatest yet?

Simple.

He has masterfully told us the greatest truth available to us.

Love Wins.

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Review: The Drop

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Directed by Michael P Roskam and based on a short story (Animal Rescue) by Denis Lehane ‘The Drop’ centres on  Bob (Tom Hardy) and Cousin Marv (James Galdofini in his final on-screen appearance).Marv is the ex hard man of the area and has seen his turf taken over by Chechen gangsters. His bar is now used as a drop bar where dirty money is left for collection. The bar is held up and the gangsters want their money back.

Meanwhile Bob, on his walk home from work, finds a mistreated pit bull puppy in a trash can outside the home off local resident Nadia (Noomi Rapace). A relationship then begins to blossom as the pair care for this puppy and in the background is the menacing presence of Nadia’s ex played by Michael Schoenaerts.

Firstly the positives. The performances in this film are great Galdofini is in great gruff form, Rapace is good  and Tom Hardy in particular is a great screen presence. The more I see of Tom Hardy the bigger fan I am becoming.

The film however does have some problems. For something based on a short story it does seem to have too many narrative threads fighting for your attention. Chechen gangsters, Hardy and Rapace’s relationship, the psychotic ex, Galdofini attempting to recover old glories, an under used detective character chasing a cold case connected to all involved. In some ways I wish the film had focused on one or two aspects rather than all threads be given the same level of consideration.

This is a decent crime drama, worth seeing for some great performances. A final cinematic outing for Galdofini is also a highlight. However due to the aforementioned flaws, unlike Galdofini, ‘The Drop’ will not live long in the memory.