This week’s new DVD releases feature three films that garnered Oscar nominations.
It is depicted through the mesmerizing performance of Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the genius who helped bring World War II to an end two years early.
He is especially good with Keira Knightley, who can paint a rainbow of emotions with a look and a smile. She is a little tethered here, but she breaks through enough to make Joan Clarke an interesting player in this social, sexual and synaptic game of chess.
The problem is that the story gets in the way with a blinding glare of sci-fi mumble jumble that is equal parts idiotic and gimmick. Director Christopher Nolan’s work on the script, which his brother Jonathan Nolan had originally written, is a black hole of ideas that never emerge from the darkness.
“Interstellar” might not have come across as such a major disaster had it been made by someone else. Nolan’s his own worst enemy here, because he’s shown with films like “Dark Knight” and “Inception” that he can produce brilliant work. “Interstellar” isn’t even in the same universe with his past films, which is what makes this such a crushing failure.
The Oscar-winning actress brings an acting purity to the film that makes us feel the pain and the progress of each step her character takes.
Also new on DVD March 31