After the new Batman movies, I became converted to the work of Christopher Nolan.

When I first saw the trailer for Interstellar (and the trailers that followed) I was super intrigued because the previews didn’t give away details of the plot. Dirt and humans dying and space travel and Matthew McConaughey…what is this? But it was Christopher Nolan, so it had to be good.

Unfortunately I never got to see it in theaters (which is an absolute tragedy because it’s a gorgeous movie), but I got the DVD as an Easter present and gave it a shot a few days ago.

I was already excited. And it exceeded my expectations.

It was amazing.

The beginning was kind of confusing and I was wondering what three hour adventure I had gotten myself into. By the end, there were brain pieces everywhere from my head exploding at the plot twists and I had nearly cried twice (and if you know that I’m not a crier, you would know that’s a big deal).

Hats off, yet again, to Hans Zimmer, who created a flat out astonishing score that made the movie what it was. Kudos to Matthew McConaughey who was perfect in his role and is an excellent crier himself. And of course, the real award goes to Christopher Nolan for making another masterpiece.

Tidbits for the nerds like me: Wes Bentley (Seneca Crane in Hunger Games), Mackenzie Foy (Renesmee in Breaking Dawn), Anne Hathaway (Les Mis/Princess Diaries), Michael Cane (Alfred in Batman), and Matt Damon (does he need an introduction?) all made an appearance in the film, which was awesome.

I’m not going to give away spoilers ’cause I’m not that mean, but anyone who hasn’t seen it should definitely go for it. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the literal edge of my seat, gasping audibly, nearly throttling my stuffed animal I was clutching for support because I couldn’t take the intensity. In fact, it was kind of funny ’cause my roommate walked in at a super super super intense part and she started laughing because I was sitting straight up on the edge of the couch, arms around my panda bear, mouth hanging open in shock.

Interstellar is one of those movies I’ll love to watch again–after all, I gotta go catch all those Christopher Nolan easter eggs–but I’m heartbroken I’ve seen it. Because never again will I get that heart-stopping experience of wondering how on earth (or space) Matthew McConaughey is going to figure this one out–or if he even will make it at all.