“Interstellar” was pretty stellar

After his work on the acclaimed “Dark Knight” franchise, director Christopher Nolan looked to the stars with his newest film, “Interstellar.” Set in the near future where the Earth has turned into a perpetual dust bowl, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as an aircraft-pilot-turned-farmer, Cooper. Cooper is tapped by an old college professor to pilot a mission to find a new habitable planet for humanity to colonize.

The odd thing about “Interstellar” is that sometimes it feels like a Nolan, and sometimes it feels like something else entirely. Those frustrated with Nolan’s handling of action scenes in the past can rest easy. He handles the film’s action sequences with grace and coherency.

The film is surprisingly emotional at times, thanks to excellent performances from McConaughey and Jessica Chastain. There are a few heartbreaking and emotional scenes.

The film is an incredible experience that demands to be seen in theaters (IMAX, if you can swing it). This is Nolan’s most visually arresting picture. He films his space sequences in a manner similar to the way Stanley Kubrick filmed “2001: A Space Odyssey.” This makes for some awe-inspiring visuals.

In the end, “Interstellar” is a worthy addition to Nolan’s filmography. It proves that he is maturing as a storyteller. The visuals and McConaughey’s performance are alone enough to see the film.