Sci-fi Allegory of the Cave. It's no 2001, but it's 150 minutes of scientific, philosophical, pyschological and spiritual conundrum that is quite entertaining to watch. It is one of those films where its cheeziness somewhat work to its advantage.
Although I did not identify with some (or most) of the film's ideals, I appreciated the existential and cosmological approach of the story and I can admit that it was extremely well crafted and one of the most entertaining and emotional sci-fi films I've seen.
Back in 1997, we were still believing in making contact with the other world and not many has talked much about this today than we used to. Here Zemeckis creates a remarkable odyssey about Foster finding that truth out there. The visual effects are incredible, so is the cast & its cinematography. The film's opening scene is spectacular to watch it shows us the universe & beyond million light years away.
In its time it played out as one of many mid-90s mid-budget studio sci-fis - at most, a slick passion project. Today, with interstellar (yes) hindsight, it reveals itself as a storytelling classic from an underrated storyteller, with a career-best performance from Jodie Foster, and an admirably ambiguous message. Thoughtful, sentimental, and eminently rewatchable: TDMELTA.
Was haunted by this film for years since I saw it as a kid. I saw a second time and I understand the reason for such enthusiasm. This is a brilliant film, finely written and cinematographically compelling. It also features the cute young face of Jena Malone as young-Ellie Arroway... Jena who is now so beautiful.
I second that comment about McConaughey. I grew up with Carl Sagan's book close to my heart. So I wasn't happy when I heard about the liberties the filmmakers were taking with McC's Palmer Joss character. However, all in all, it is reasonably faithful to the book. The dedication to Sagan in the credits was nice to see.