Since I still haven’t sat down to write my Interstellar review (or rather, my look at Interstellar as the culmination of Christopher Nolan’s art so far and the redemption of the one flaw of The Dark Knight Rises–stay tuned! Maybe!), I’ll just put some links here so you can go read the inimitable John C Wright, far more eloquent and logical than me, on the subject.
First, his review of the best science-fiction movie ever put on film.
Next, because he is a writer of hard sf and does his research, he refutes the science-lovers who object that the movie is not scientifically accurate enough.
Then, because he is a learned man of faith, he refutes the Christians who object that the movie is not theologically accurate enough.
And finally, he offers one last comment that struck me right in the heart and made me want to leap out of my chair–and simultaneously leap right back into it and write some ripping good science fiction stories.
A little more gratitude and a little less criticism would seem to be in order.
Are you not sick and tired of the endless nihilism that pours out of Hollywood like an explosion in a sewerage factory?
This was a tale about a hero who does not boast and loves his daughter and who just wants to do his job and go home. It is a story about a pilot who loves to fly. It is a story about a little girl who grew up but who never grew out of her sense of hope and her sense of wonder.
This is the only film I have seen all year where the father was portrayed as a man, an actual masculine man in a leadership position who worked hard and could do a hard job well, and who was, as all fathers should be, willing to sacrifice everything for his family.
Even if all the criticisms about the theology and the science in this movie were true — and, so far as I have seen, not one of them are even making a prima face case — are you not hungry for heroes, O fans of science fiction? Do you not thirst for wonders? Let my eyes feast on the majestic rings of Saturn or the dark and blazing horror of a supermassive singularity!
To which I can only say, hear hear!