Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

This stanza from the poem by Dylan Thomas was repeatedly mentioned in the whole narrative of the movie and elaborates the optimism and audacity of human endeavor to fight against great odds, to sustain the struggle despite an overwhelming perception of the enclosing darkness. And this has been the theme or the background, time and again, against which Nolan brilliantly weaves his story line and other cinematic elements together, to keep us on the edge of our seats and make us wonder at the limits of human genius and endurance.

I would not go on narrating the whole story line but it would suffice here to say that this film needs to be “felt” and “experienced” or be seen with your soul. Some scenes, which have been ingeniously executed, in the second half of the film gave me goosebumps and activated the brain muscles, which for long have remained in stupor. And that is the joy of watching a Nolan movie; it behooves you to think about the possibilities never thought before and to immerse yourself in the extravaganza aided by spectacular imagery and exquisite creativity.

Although I agree that the emotional connect was somewhat missing from the narrative, but Nolan makes up for it by what he does best: going slow on the storyline for the first few minutes and then pacing up the screenplay by showcasing simultaneous events occurring at various locations affecting the varied characters. Another film-making element that Nolan has completely exploited in “Interstellar” is this: First you spike up sentiments by showcasing pessimism and the dreaded perception of the end of “good” that is still there; and then you bolster hope and thrust optimism that ultimately overcomes that negative outcome. Apart from this, he goes further in visualizing the “world beyond 3 dimensions”, “journeying through a wormhole”, “going through the event horizon” and finally, “strumming the strings of space and time”, that makes for  a mesmerizing spectacle.

While some people, critics, skeptics will draw parallels with other movies of the sci-fi genre, I would state that this film is in a league on its own. Never before a filmmaker has captured or even attempted to capture the essence of travelling through the space-time continuum with such finesse combined with a screenplay that shows the triumph of human endurance (that was name of the spaceship on which Mathew McConaughey and his crew travels) over the darkness (both literal and figurative) surrounding the survival of our species. In a way, I thought that the famous poem by Robert Frost would have been more appropriate rather than the one by Dylan Thomas. But that’s just a wish from a mere mortal like me, not Nolan.