My Rating Reference :
Each ½ star equals 1 point; therefore ★★★★★ = 10!
Ray's adaptation of Tagore's novel is an amazing accomplishment; a thematically dense and captivating 140 minutes that certainly keeps the synapses firing! Covering nationhood, colonialism, classism, religion and religious division, emancipation of women, love, marriage, politics, freedom, tolerance, poverty, oppression, corruption. I've probably even missed a few! A truly epic tale, with great cinematography and performances; it's just a wonderful film.
A neo-noir that wears its influences on its sleeve (Lynch and Hitchcock), that seems to be about something, but, yet, at the same time, about nothing. Like Garfield striving to solve the initially absorbing, elusive mystery, but never really attaining satisfaction; it meanders and twists (with too many red herrings), to an ultimately, ungratifying payoff.
With Interstellar, Nolan strives for a similar profoundness to that found in 2001: A Space Odyssey but he doesn't quite achieve the level of Kubrick's masterpiece; his reach does extend his grasp somewhat.
It has a fairly hefty runtime yet the film still feels a little rushed throughout. Its a bit disjointed with cuts through to certain scenes, such as, the shift from earth to space. I can understand this to a certain extent due to its already lengthy runtime…
Never less than interesting, with impressive performances from its leading triumvirate - birdman Carell, apeman Tatum and the human Ruffalo. However, its relentlessly dour throughout, bar the very briefest moments of levity, and despite the numerous themes at play, it never really gets under the skin with regards character motivations. Reading up on the case aftwards; the condensing and changing of some of the true events didn't feel beneficial either, as well as not displaying how mental Du Pont had actually been - he believed his treadmills were time machines, aliens communicated through his horses and his attempts to kill his wife.