Holy Week was fantastic. We had great services all week, and I really loved getting to experience the story of Christ with all of you. All in all it was a wonderful week, but very exhausting, as we had 8 worship services in 7 days. Thankfully, the office was closed yesterday so that everyone on staff could take a much-needed day off to rest. I really appreciated this and I slept in very late.
After getting up and eating a very late breakfast, I pulled up our AT&T menu where I joyfully saw that the movie Interstellar was available for rent. I have wanted to see this movie ever since it was released, but never made it to the theater. I have always been a space nerd and for a long time I really wanted to become an astrophysicist, so for me this movie did not disappoint.
If you have not yet see it, I won’t spoil anything, but suffice it to say, if you are a fan of physics then this movie will be great for you, but if you don’t care for science, then you can probably skip this one. After watching the movie I did my customary reading of all the reviews to see if my thoughts aligned with the critics. Surprisingly, we had similar reflections. It was a great concept, but Christopher Nolan’s reach exceeded his grasp.
But regardless of how good or bad a movie is, if it deals with science, or the end of the world, or astrophysics, I’m in. Plus I watch bad sci-fi movies all the time; it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure.
Well, somewhere in the midst of this three-hour epic movie experience, I began to be drawn into the existential cornucopia of metaphysics that Nolan had created. It’s hard not to, when you have lines like this:“We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements.”
This movie does a fair job of avoiding religion, thankfully, although it does spend a while trying to convince you that love is a scientific principle. In most of these world-ending, sci-fi movies that I watch, there is always a very religious character, preaching judgment or the meaning of life to everyone else. Thankfully this was not present in Interstellar.
Yet in that vein, I did appreciate the manner in which the movie sought to discuss existential issues, looking forward instead of behind. So many movies search for the meaning of life by looking at where we’ve been, and the purpose for our existence. I appreciated that this entire movie was future-oriented. I really enjoyed that they sought to find significance in what they chose to do next, rather than the choices and circumstances that led them to their present reality.
I have nothing too profound to say today, but if you’re into black holes, temporal paradoxes and world-ending movies, then check out Interstellar. Either way, I hope that you too are defined by what you choose to do each day, and not by the choices in your past.
Have a wonderful week my friends,