If you have ever come out of a Christopher Nolan film scratching your head and wondering what the hell just happened…may I suggest you see it again. Nolan does not think in small linear ideas, and sometimes your head will spin a bit trying to get just what it is you saw. Interstellar will definitely have you thinking once you exit the theater. Having said that, Interstellar could have been great, but I’m afraid it bites off more than it can chew, and despite it's long running time, it’s seems like pieces of a greater vision are missing.

What is left though, is still a very good, and sometimes breathtaking movie, about the dying of our planet, and the hope that we can with the help of newly discovered wormhole, begin our life somewhere else. This is a big idea and task for a movie, and the gifted Nolan and his brother and co writer: Jonathan give it a good shot.

(Matthew McConaughey) who once again is excellent, plays: Cooper: an ex pilot/engineer for NASA, and widowed father of two, who is farming one of the few crops that will still grow: corn, in the near future, where blight is killing off our food supply, and brutal dust storms kick up and cover entire regions in soot. Cooper lives with his young teenage son: Tom (Timothée Chalamet), ten year old brilliant daughter: Murph ( Mackenzie Foy), and Tom’s father-in-law: Donald (John Lithgow) on their farm. They try to live as normal a life as they can despite the conditions, but Cooper worries for his kid’s future, that seems so bleak. These early scenes of the family and their struggles in the opening act, are probably the strongest in the film, as all of the actors are great,the story is intriguing, and the presentation is top notch. Once again Hans Zimmer’s score, which is a bit off the beaten track for him, is striking. Nolan sets this beginning up wonderfully. You feel the impending doom.

Strange things are happening with Murph. She is apparently being visited by ghosts of some sort, who seem to be leaving her cryptic messages in her room that have something to do with coordinates, gravity, and staying…? When Cooper finally realizes that his daughter may be actually right, he traces them, with Murph, to a secret base run by the thought to be mothballed NASA. There, a well known scientist: Professor Brand (Michael Caine) and his team, along with his brilliant matter of fact daughter: Amelia (Anne Hathaway), have been working on a project where astronauts have traveled to Saturn and zipped into a wormhole parked there; placed by unknown forces to another galaxy, in search of a new home. He asks Cooper to leave his family behind, and pilot the next mission, to save not just his kids, but mankind itself. Murph is not too happy about this. She is close to her dad, now that mom is gone. Without him, what would she do? He doesn’t want to go, but knows that he must.

And that really is what is great about Interstellar, and where it‘s heart is. it’s about a parent wanting to make sure the kids are going to be ok in an uncertain future, when they are not around anymore to protect them.Once our crew have set out for Saturn, accompanied by two cool monolith looking revised military robots who have some rather funny lines thanks to programming adjustments, Nolan makes no apologies who he is mirroring in his space and station docking moments. It’s ok, he's  honoring a perfect film, and some of these scenes will have your stomach rolling a bit, especially if you see it in IMAX, as you should; and if you can. There is a lot of dialogue about time and relativity, but the crux of it is: what seems like hours to them at certain points in their mission, is decades back home of aging loved ones, and loss of precious time to save them.

As our crew enters the wormhole,(a memorizing shot that eventually spills them into a new galaxy), back home the grown up Murph:(Jessica Chastain,now a scientist working with Brand), and Tom: (Casey Affleck), still working his dad’s farm, are both bitter and frustrated by the dust bowl they live in, and that dad is truly gone. Lung sickness hits Tom’s family from the dust, and Murp is convinced that she can solve Brand’s missing key to making their plans work. The middle part to the end of the film, has our four scientists dropping down on first, a water planet to search for past astronauts, whose beacons are still pinging, only to find…well…see the movie.

Suffice  to say, that the last quarter of the film was my least favorite, as it seemed to be trying to tie up all that has gone on. I think that’s a mistake. Part of what makes Interstellar’s buildup so great, is the mystery of the universe, and some things are too big for us to understand just yet. That was the message in:(Contact), and when interstellar works well, it gets that. There are some very poignant moments later in the film. One near the end, is particularly heartbreaking, as it shows what the mission’s crew truly sacrificed. Nolan strives for greatness here, and some of the time, he hits it dead on. There is a lot to admire and digest, and this film definitely deserves another viewing to put some of Nolan’s ideas together better for a more clearer picture. The man thinks big about the universe, but the movie starts and ends with the heart. You should see this movie.

watch the trailer: