How I loved watching “Interstellar”?

A few months back, I wrote a review on “Gravity”. You know, it was a great experience. I did really enjoy watching it. All about space, satellites, orbits, stuff like that, along with some screw-ups like Sandra Bullock’s one-woman show, George Clooney’s unnecessary death (How can I forget? It’s unforgivable!), so & so. I didn’t love the story as much as I loved its visual effects in the movie. Anyways, it was nice! But, I’m quite sure it doesn’t even come closer to my long-awaited “Interstellar”!!!

Yesterday, I watched Interstellar. I’ve been waiting a long time for this thing to show up. Being one of my favorite directors, Christopher Nolan’s style exceeded my expectations once again. This was totally new! Not only did it rock in the physics of the storyline (I mean, the physics that participated), it was also emotionally touching.

Who am I kidding? It was Kip Thorne who has helped with setting up the plot. He’s a physicist. I bet those guys really knew what they were doing. They’ve put most of the so-far-discovered physics behind gravity (General Relativity, to be specific) into that movie. They’ve created spacecrafts, planets, wormholes, blackholes – they’ve done everything they can to help us visualize those complicated stuff!

Don’t you worry, I’m not here to ruin all your fun! Just a few comments, as I can’t hold myself back…

First of all, it’s not a science show. It’s a science fiction movie. You can’t (you shouldn’t!) expect fully established science in sci-fi movies. That’s the first mistake you make. Well, even if science pops in, you don’t accept! Some of my friends can’t digest the consequences of curved spacetime. They just find it hard to accept time dilation (just like every beginner to relativity), simply because it confronts their view of reality. In that case, either admit that there’s much more to learn in science (especially physics), or take it as science fiction! No one’s gonna get hurt…

That being said, this movie does contain a lot of Physics in it – I mean a lot! Otherwise, it wouldn’t have gotten me interested in it as much as I do now.

And, I meant “emotionally touching” because it’s not just physics. It’s not just for science enthusiasts. It’s for the whole crowd! Somewhere in the middle, Anne says that love can cross dimensions, that it gives hope & strength (I don’t remember that wonderful quote exactly). Anyways, the story is based on a father-daughter relationship. A strong one indeed.

For example, it allows us to empathize how it would be if you’re out there for your daughter, your daughter can send messages, but you can’t send back. You can’t reach out to her, and you’ve missed almost all your delightful moments with her, and finally you come back to find your daughter die in front of you. Connecting this sentimental part, the twisting & turning events along with the physics of spacetime is Nolan’s artwork.

Remember 2001: A Space Odyssey? That was a great breakthrough in scientific imagination in a movie back in 1967. This one’s very similar – a creative imagination of 2014.

Now, let’s get to my favorite parts. The anti-gravity spacecraft which utilizes the centrifugal force is an old idea, although one can’t design such a thing in reality. You can find a similar one in Space Odyssey. The first thing which impresses everyone is the wormhole. Well, honestly I don’t know much about wormholes. But as far as I know, they can’t be created so easily, and even if something pops out of nothing, it can’t be maintained. It’s unstable. These portals are still under theoretical controversies.

Anyways, Nolan got rid of the problem by using “them”. Throughout the movie, we often hear “they”, referring to some supernatural beings which can bend spacetime as they wish. They’ve created wormholes and placed it there for us, they’ve allowed us to travel through time, they’ve opened the tesseract for us, etc. I was feared whether Nolan’s gonna bring God, or ALIENS into the plot. He has done it smoothly. It was us! Humans – advanced in time & technology, that they’ve accessed the past, created the wormhole, all such stuff. A nice idea indeed…

Then comes the (supermassive) blackhole. Man, that was awesome! They’ve neglected other stars, the relativistic jet that comes out of blackholes, etc. But, it was still awesome! That’s when they began talking about time dilation. That planet near the blackhole was orbiting it, just like it does for any other star, which is true! There’s nothing special about a blackhole! It doesn’t just suck! The movie does show that things become crazy only when they’re too close to mess with the blackhole.

So, they’ve calculated stuff for such a system that the planet has 1.3 times more gravity than that on Earth, which should affect the tides. And, it did. The tides were fantastic. Finally, the relativistic touch. Mathew & Anne would’ve spent only about two hours in that planet, and when they visit the orbiting space station, they realize that they’ve lost 23 years! Mathew’s son has graduated, married someone, has kids, and gets old while he has aged only two hours. That’s what physics says – that’s what Einstein said, a century back…

Out of my numerous predictions of the scenes in the movie, only one came out to be true. Time travel. The gravitational anomaly (as they called it) was from the future. I guessed that right! But, nothing else was expected – how the events turned, how they were connected, it really excited me!

When you watch the movie, just go with the flow. Enjoy the visuals, the sound (and of course Matthew McConaughey’s emotions). Don’t get indulged into the graduate physics stuff. Just take science fiction as granted. But as far as I can see, at least 60% of the movie is acceptable physics. Only the anti-gravity spacecraft, wormhole, blackhole’s clockwork & time travel is unacceptable. In my opinion, realistic science sucks! Because, it’s science fiction paved way to the creative imagination behind the movie. Watch it, and you’ll love it!

And, be patient for a while – Kip Thorne’s writing a book on the movie. Enjoy…


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