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Perry’s Previews Movie Review – Interstellar

Published on: 21st November, 2014


Perry’s Previews Movie Review – Interstellar

3.5 starfish TM

(3.5 out of 5 Starfish)                                                 November 16, 2014


By Perry S. Chen


In the near future, Earth’s oxygen is beginning to run out and humanity has devolved into a farming society in the new IMAX sci-fi film Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan (Inception). Natural resources have been depleted, natural disasters run rampant, and humans face extinction within a generation.


After receiving a mysterious binary message written in dust, ex-NASA pilot and mechanical engineer Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his daughter Murph stumble upon a secret NASA base led by his former professor. There, he learns that a wormhole had been discovered near Saturn, leading to a distant galaxy harboring three potentially habitable planets. Cooper is recruited as the pilot of space station Endurance, where he will travel with a small team of three scientists and two robots to find a suitable planet for humanity to colonize. However, his decision to leave breaks his daughter’s heart, because the mission is estimated to take more than 40 yeas. Cooper vows to return to his daughter, but at what cost?


The visuals for Interstellar are breathtaking. The sounds are so loud I could feel the reverberations in my seat. When the rocket launched, I could feel the low thundering rumbles, and when Cooper drove his van through the vast cornfield, the sound of snapping stalks and foliage added tremendously to the realism of each scene. It is apparent that the filmmakers of Interstellar tried to push the realism as far as it could go to be accurate to real world physics, attempting to simulate the visual effect of how light bends around a black hole, showing the way that low gravity affects objects, and taking into consideration that sound doesn’t travel in space.


Even with all the positive aspects of the film, Interstellar has one critical flaw: the ending is utter nonsense. To force this movie into the mold of a happy ending destroys the laws of physics, logic, and most importantly, all of the suspense that had been rapidly building up over the course of this 169-minute film. Personally, I think if the film had ended earlier at the 5th dimension, it would have been perfect. I give Interstellar 3.5 starfish.


Moral: Humanity will always find a way.

Copyright 2014 by Perry S. Chen


About Perry Chen:

Perry S. Chen is a 14-year-old award-winning child critic, artist, animator, TEDx speaker, and entertainment personality, currently in 8th grade from San Diego.  He started reviewing movies at age 8 in 3rd grade using a kid-friendly starfish rating system, and has been featured in CBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, CCTV (China Central Television), Variety, Animation Magazine, The Young Icons, The Guardian, The China Press, etc.  He was a presenter at the 2010 Annie Awards for Animation, and has written movie reviews for Animation World Network, San Diego Union Tribune, Amazing Kids! Magazine, and his own Perry’s Previews blog, as well as restaurant reviews for DiningOut San Diego Magazine and San Diego Entertainer. He won the San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2013 for his movie and restaurant reviews.

Perry is currently writing, animating, and directing his most personal film to date, “Changyou’s Journey,” produced by his mom Dr. Zhu Shen, about his beloved father Dr. Changyou Chen, a cancer researcher who passed away in July 2012 from terminal cancer after a long, brave battle, please watch trailer and donate to support Perry’s animation film:

Perry won an “Excellence in Journalism Award” from San Diego Press Club in 2010 and 2011 for his movie and restaurant reviews, an “Excellence Writer Award” from “We Chinese in America” Magazine in 2010 for his movie review column. Perry is widely recognized as an authoritative spokesperson about movies for his generation, and appears frequently at red carpet movie premieres, awards, and film festivals, interviewing prominent directors from such films as Toy Story 3, Up, How to Train Your Dragon.  He was a presenter at the 2010 Annie Awards for Animation in Hollywood.  Perry and his mom Dr. Zhu Shen are featured in a new book about parenting and youth entrepreneurship, “The Parent’s Guide to Raising CEO Kids,” published in Aug 2011.

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Readers Comments

  1. Gal says:

    I personally loved this movie. The theater experience was breathtaking, and the cast were all at their best. At times, I was in so much suspense. But I have to agree about the ending. It needed to be more realistic, and ruined lots of the suspense. I would give it a 4.5/5, or maybe even a 5

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