Saturday 16 February 2019

The Movie Show: George Byrne and Aoife Kelly have the lowdown on 'Interstellar' and 'The Skeleton Twins'

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated sci-fi flick, Interstellar, takes on some of the themes explored in Inception but is much more ambitious in scale.

Matthew McConnaughey stars as a former NASA engineer who, like most of the rest of earth's population, has become a farmer.

However, the Earth is dying and the crops are failing.  Our only hope is to explore new planets and try to find an alternative home to inhabit.

The cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, and Casey Affleck.

"It's big and it's ambitious with a great cast," says George.  "It's incredibly ambitious and  I know we shouldn't be criticising people for being ambitious because so many films are bog standard could have been written on the back of a beer mat and lashed out. 

"For people to take topics like the end of hte reath, life on other worlds, what that would mean to family and friends and lash it all in an effects movie, it's great.

"In IMAX it's incredible.  But where it kind of loses it is where it gets off planet, there's a lot of discussion about physics and relativity and philosophy and Anne Hathaway at one point launches into this bizarre speech about the power of love in the universe.  She's supposed to be a hard headed scientist and I thought she was going to start singing The Power of Love by Celine Dion.

"It goes a bit 2001 near the end and not in a good way.  There's loads of ideas but I don't know if they pull it off.  Funny enough for a film that's supposed to be Interstellar it's less interesting when it goes into space.  I can't fault that they were trying to do something big and out of the ordinary.  But it would be a three out of five for me."

READ George Byrne's review: Interstellar - 'Daring sci-fi that's out of this world, and out of its depth'

READ Paul Whitington's review: Interstellar - 'science trumps story in latest Christopher Nolan epic' 

Saturday Night Live stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play twins who haven't spoken in ten years and re-connect after he tries to commit suicide and she contemplates doing the same.

"I was expecting the worst from this because I thought he were are in quirky Indie land with two people who are known for improvising.  I was expecting self indulgence - what I got was an excellent drama," says George.

"It's very, very frunny but it's not fart jokes.  It's very very believable.  They work great together.  You do actually believe they're siblings.  It's a bit over-written in parts. 

"But there's this great scene with their mother, they hate their mother, and it's toe curlingly cruel and tense and Wiig gives a masterclass in repressed rage in that scene."

READ: The Skeleton Twins - 'one of the smartest-written and sensitively played films in months'

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