Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is one of the most anticipated sci-fi blockbusters of all time. The film tells the story of a not-too-distant future where mankind faces the threat of non-existence due to the deterioration of the Earth’s natural environment. Father Cooper travels through a wormhole to save his daughter, Murphy, and seeks a chance to extend his hope for life in a universe beyond our solar system.
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Interstellar is not only the first visualisation of physical images of black holes, wormholes, five-dimensional space and other avant-garde scientific concepts, and the recreation of a magnificent space adventure, but also an in-depth exploration of an eternal theme: love.
The film takes the affection between father and daughter as the main narrative line and space exploration as the story background, the excellent audio-visual language and character design explain and sublimate the theme, in the vast and boundless universe, only the spirit of human love is eternal existence, the film “Interstellar” embodies the deep humanistic feelings, which has also made it a classic of science fiction films in recent years.
The use of light and shadow and colour in the film successfully highlights the themes of destiny and redemption. At the beginning of the film, Cooper stares at the endless cornfields outside his house. As the camera slowly unfolds, and the organ’s low and solemn wail sounds in the background, a kind of bleak and dark power begins to spread in the darkness of the underworld. The sandy soil that covers the sky is interspersed with gusty winds.
It gave a dreary and depressing atmosphere. The organ’s roar, which begins to run through the whole film, or ethereal and soft, or stormy, or loud and solemn from the earth to space, with the yellow sandy earth, the dark vastness of the space picture, so that the film from the very beginning of the mysterious religious predestination and salvation of the theme of colours.
In space, Interstellar uses the contrast of black and white, light and dark to present the mystery of the universe and the fear of the unknown; a lot of yellow is used in the sandstorms on Earth to show the depressing scene of the end of the world. Murphy’s study, in particular, is always covered in dark and light, and dimly lit, giving it a mysterious and religious colour that is hard to describe.
In the sound design of Interstellar, realism and expressionism are interspersed. First of all, the organ extensions that appear several times in the film perfectly reflect the vastness and solitude of the universe. Time passes without a sound. The organ, as the most complex and delicate musical instrument created by mankind, fully demonstrates its powerful functions. From earth to space, the inseparability of the organ and religious music imbues the entire film with the thematic colours of predestination and redemption.
The most recognisable piece of music is Hans Timmer’s No Time for Caution, which was designed to be played when Cooper is docking the ship manually in a critical situation. The music has a strong expressionist style, with the organ and piano fighting against each other, alternating between the two instruments and repeating the melody, with the bass sounding constantly, and the spaceships chasing each other. Hanszimmer uses almost all the power of the orchestra to show this scene, which takes the audience’s breath away. Secondly, the use of silence in some parts of the film is also praised for its aural effect.
However, Interstellar’s precise mute treatment in the film perfectly reproduces the feeling of the vacuum of space, when Cooper leads the team to break through the atmosphere. Ignition sound, engine sound is still in the ear rumble in the space in the split second, all the sound is instantly disappeared, this into the space of the realistic sense of the audience will have the feeling of being there. All sounds come to an abrupt end, the audience is full of curiosity waiting for the next second of development, quite a big sound feeling.
Most contemporary Interstellar sci-fi films have a “humanistic” element to them. As we can see from many classic sci-fi films in the past, there is almost invariably a combination of “human confusion” and “humanistic feelings” in these films: for example, the telepathic love between humans and aliens in E.T. Aliens, the telepathic love between humans and aliens in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the telepathic love between humans and aliens in E.T. Aliens, and the humanistic love between humans and aliens in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, for example, in which humans and apes rescue each other, demonstrating the harmony between humans and animals.
In Interstellar, the three main contents of the film are “the vastness of the space world, boundless loneliness, touching love”, in the vastness of the space, all the life of the body will seem so small and helpless, if mankind ultimately lost the hope of survival, it will make everything irreversible. It will be difficult to undo. In such loneliness, only the spark of love in the heart can spark the hope of eternal life in this vast universe.
On a certain level, Interstellar’s film is a compassionate critique of the seriousness of the destruction of the living environment by human beings in the real world, and it also warns people all over the world that if they continue to over-exploit the environment without restraint, then human society will eventually face the same existential crisis as the food crisis shown in the film. Therefore, human beings must pay attention to environmental protection and cherish peace. This is the theme of the film.
To sum up, “Interstellar” shows the magnificent beauty of space in the form of a space disaster film, and also completes a very profound story about human nature. Director Nolan uses a variety of narratives to tell the audience that human beings are a small existence in the universe, and the power of human love makes human beings great, strong and wise. Because of the element of “love”, Christopher Nolan, a master of commercial cinema who specialises in new concept films, creates a dazzling classic in an unfamiliar field full of hard scientific knowledge.