*I do address some plot details in this review that shouldn't affect your enjoyment of the film, but if you really want to stay pure don't read this review*
Gravity was a one of a kind film, one that took us through space in an absolutely visceral and immersive way. Many would argue that the visuals carried what was ultimately a dissatisfying story. Interstellar, however, took the great parts of Gravity and added a deep intricate plot that a truly amazing space movie needs. Having Matthew McConaughey doesn't hurt either.
Interstellar is definitely a Christopher Nolan movie, with an incredibly deep plot based on scientific theory. Earth has been ravaged by famine and dust storms, to the point that there are hardly any crops that can be grown in the harsh weather. One scientist (Michael Caine) has a plan to save the people of Earth through finding a new planet and colonizing it. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a pilot and is chosen to go on a journey which does not guarantee a safe return nor a particular time in which he is expected to see his family again.
My biggest problem is the setup of the film. It's clear that Christopher Nolan had this amazing plan for a movie, but kind of glazed over some details (in the style of The Dark Knight Rises) in order to get to the meat of the film. Things like: the earth was in a famine yet McConaughey can sit on his porch and drink a beer or take his daughter out for candy and soda. Once we get past the "why we are a going to space part" and get to the "we're in space part", the movie really starts to become an intense thrillride.
On an emotional level, Interstellar nailed it. As someone who's father is in the military, the idea of a father leaving for a long period of time resonated with me. Even the space travel itself brought its own emotional variable which I thought was the best part of the film. The idea of "time slippage", addressed in a sense in other space epics, but it was really added another level of suspense to the film. The idea that an hour could equate to 7 years on Earth really made you nervous every second McConaughey and Hathaway wandered through their space trek. Time itself being the most dangerous part of space travel and saving Earth really changed the game to me.
Overall the film was absolutely a sight to behold, and should be seen in IMAX. (Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it in IMAX) If you can get past some pretty obvious plot issues here and there, you'll enjoy the film. Every "plot hole" kind of exists in service of progressing the story, kinda like Nolan was saying, "You don't need to worry about how we got there, we just got there, so here we are. Carry on." The soundtrack also struck me as a bit odd with a bunch of organs playing. It was very different than the bass-y soundtracks from Inception or The Dark Knight Trilogy. This movie is by no means a perfect movie, but it's entertaining, beautiful, and basically embodies what going to the movies is all about. It's an experience much like Gravity, has a tone very similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and reflects the style of Christopher Nolan. How could it not be good?