The hope in our stars

Why Interstellar is wrong about space travel and right about love.

Interstellar takes us to the stars. Director Christopher Nolan goes all-out to inspire awe through eye-popping visuals and soaring organ music – make sure you see this film on the biggest screen you can find. The human characters often play second fiddle to the ideas, but at the heart of it is a big idea about humanity and relationships, dramatised through the relationship between Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy/Jessica Chastain).

Although there’s no explicit religious reference or allusion in the film, the issues it raises overlap with questions of faith, as many people have noted: What is our place in the universe? What is our destiny? How can we overcome our problems?

SPOILER WARNING: Although I’ve tried not to give away specific plot details, from here on I’ll be discussing the themes of Interstellar in detail, so read on at your own risk.

“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.”

As we’re taken on this journey, the film seeks to rekindle our instinct to explore and to reach for the stars. Like Gravity last year, it evokes fear and wonder at the grandeur of space.

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Adrian Drayton

Adrian Drayton is the Director of Reel Dialogue. A film critic and commentator on culture for 20 years, he believes in the power of cinema and the power of God to start conversations about faith and culture. He is also a massive Star Wars nerd.