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Monday, November 9, 2015

Interstellar (2014)

This is a movie with several big messages, and as is almost always the case in these instances, it is about twice as long as it needs to be to tell the basic story.  The rest of the time is devoted to hammering the message home.
Earth is becoming uninhabitable, and instead of looking for ways to halt that process, to reverse it, to make it better, because after all,w ho is to say that we will treat the next planet, should there be one, with any more respect than we have shown this one, there is a search for new habitats.  All the while those on earth are left to their grim existence of Depression Era dust storms and poor health care and social structure.
A group of former astronauts take on the task of finding new places and they are largely unsuccessful, with one major twist that happens at the end (but was really not part of the original plan).  So the message is mixed.  Yes, maybe we can find bliss somewhere else out there, but why?  What makes man deserving of a second chance when they have so royally messed up the first one?  The movie really does not tackle that philosophical question at all, and if you have three hours to spare, it is a good watch, with many good actors populating the screen/

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