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Here’s the place where you can speak freely about all the secrets of Interstellar and hash out whatever arguable theories and personal interpretations you might have. Spoilers? Yes, spoilers galore. But remember: “You can’t let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones.” – Dale Earnhardt


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  • I just got home from an 11pm screening of Interstellar. I can honestly say that was one of the greatest movie-watching experiences I’ve ever had. Not sure how anyone could have seen some of those twists coming. Also, it felt like a different famous actor kept popping up every five seconds. Nevertheless, I see no reason why this film shouldn’t win Best Picture. Complex, innovative, beautiful, well-acted. If only the Academy was into those first two adjectives.

  • Vesh

    After a day of stewing over this film over two viewings, I truly feel that was the best film I have seen all year (by a good margin). Furthermore, it is the most cinematic, beautiful, visual spectacle I have seen in the last ten years.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the film after my first showing, but I did notice some of the criticisms and thought that perhaps they had merit. I didn’t notice them while I was experiencing the movie, but, after it ended, I understood them. But after 24 hours where I could not stop thinking about the movie, I just could not agree with much of them. What some critics called ham-fisted melodrama, I found to be beautiful thematic elements. What some critics called an unnecessary character, I found to be a great character foil and symbol of human survivalism and determinism. What some critics called an overbearing score, I found to be inventive and majestic music that took a daring risk. I could go on and on, but I thought near every element of this film to be masterstrokes. The one criticism I think still rings true is some of the overwrought dialogue, but it is hardly a big deal.

    The second time I watched this film, any reservations I had just melted away. I jumped. I cried. I was blown away by the performances. I was in awe by the expansiveness of outer space but felt the weight of the father-daughter core.

    I think this is easily the most deserving of the Best Picture this year. It hits on so many notes of great filmmaking: beautiful music, amazing performances (by nearly every character), sublime visuals and sound, evocative emotions, and a daring script. Most importantly, it is well-directed. The film shows true authorship. Now, I realize people had problems with the narrative and the script, but I didn’t feel it. It ask questions and makes you think. It begs discussion. It tackles the philosophy of humanity in the past, present and future. For me, this was the most complete film of 2014.

  • Whew. What an experience. That’s what this was to me, this first viewing–an experience.

    For sheer spectacle, for sheer scope and ambition, for the sheer capacity to make a film feel like an EVENT–this tops anything so far this year. I can’t imagine anything else comes close. I don’t know if I’d say it should win Best Picture (it’s my #3 or 4, and I’ll explain why), but it should win Best Director. I’d accept David Fincher winning, but Nolan really is the one to beat, as far as I’m concerned. Watch that film and tell me there’s a more accomplished VISION to be found on screens this year.

    Now, if it’s an A in cinematic terms, it’s a B or B+ in dramatic terms. The story, at least on first viewing, is hellishly convoluted. I stopped trying to figure the science out for most of the last act, embracing it almost more like a fantasy. Letting it wash over me. Cooper somehow went to plaid and helped Murphy save the world by knocking over books and dicking with a watch? Fine by me. Other choices I was a little leerier about–the subplot with Damon, especially the big heel turn moment, didn’t quite ring true with me.

    And I confess, I wasn’t THAT impressed with most of the acting. McConaughey was good, Mackenzie Foy was quite strong, everyone had their moments…but for the most part everyone felt adequate. Not much beyond that. And yet, it’s arguably Nolan’s most affecting film (the Murphy-Cooper scenes in the first act are so sweet). It’s weird. It’s such a weird film. (Trying to prove the moon landings were fake to keep the citizenry complacent? My jaw dropped.) It’s the most audacious blockbuster since Cloud Atlas.

    I don’t really know how to sum it up. I need to sleep on it, but I wanted to say something while it was still fresh in my memory. It’s a staggering work of cinematic ambition. There are films that are more perfect, which meet their goals more fully, which boast better acting and tighter narratives…but in the 2014 crop there’s not much I can think of that’s as awe-inspiring as this.

  • Danny

    1) The “main twist” I got about 5 minutes into the movie when she was saying ghosts were sending her messages. Why? Because I’ve read Sphere. Somebody placed a wormhole within flight distance just in our hour of greatest need? Benevolent aliens? Nah…clearly our future selves. Figuring this one out didn’t spoil the movie for me. 2) My biggest gripe, and it’s possible that it was explained with a quick line in the NASA segment that I missed — I felt that “Plan A” was woefully under-explained. What was the “big problem” that Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain couldn’t solve? The so-called “gravity problem.” I got that they’ve built this enormous transport to try and get as many people off the planet as possible, but that they can’t get the thing to work. Why? Is it too heavy? Put some more rockets under it. What is the problem that Chastain spends 30 years trying to solve? What is that equation that she finally nails (with a little help from her interstellar Dad) in her Eureka moment? It seems to me that when so much of a movie revolves around solving a problem, you should have some idea of what the actual problem was.

  • Vesh

    Also, the glorious discontinuity editing. Do not see enough discontinuity editing techniques used in modern cinema. A very powerful tool used well in this film.

  • Vesh


    I agree, the explanation of Plan A was bit sparse. My take on it was that in order to save the people on Earth, they had to be moved away from the blight and live on satellite stations throughout the solar system. There is not enough fuel on Earth to get that many people off the surface, so the most feasible and effective method of saving everyone is through a gravity drive that can propel the station into space. Prof. Brand solves the equation for understanding/harnessing gravity with our current understanding of physics, and figures out that there’s no way to exploit gravity as a mechanism without reconciling it with quantum theory (a problem that actually exists today). When Coop sends the quantum data to Murph, she is able to solve the equations that give a unifying theory of gravity and, subsequently, develop the gravity-based technology that can transport the people on Earth away from the blight and onto satellite stations.

  • DRM08

    Danny, I just want to say I can see why you were raving about this movie despite critics giving it a less enthusiastic response. I need to see it a few times before I can really make up my mind on it, but I think it is Nolan’s most unique film and there is a lot to love about it.

  • Ra S.

    I got home last night from 8 pm Imax showing, and I couldn’t stop thinking about this movie. I ended up sleeping around 2am. I still have not figure out how many stars should I give to Interstellar. Before I even get into the movie theater, I was already unsure what to say about it should I disagree with the critics, is it going to be nominated for an Oscar, is it going to be good, things like that. But i did not want that to distract me, so I just told myself ,” Worry about what to say after its over.”

    I tried that.

    It did not work.

    Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors. I loved his movies; Memento, The Dark Knight and Inception in particular. Those 3 films are in my favorites of all time. If you were to ask me, what movie do you remember came in 2010? I would say Inception with The Social Network the close second. I’ve seen Inception more than 10 times now. Nolan has always set out to create awe and inspire its audiences, and Interstellar is no exception. The marvelous piece of work whose visuals will be hard to forget. His shots of space and the way he played with colors is rather masterful. This film is truly a sci-fi epic like no other, Mr. Nolan has set out to make his most personal and emotional film to date about love and time. Speaking of time, I did not even looked at my watch. I think in that sense, the editor did his job to keep me interested the whole time. The screenplay, written by Nolan and his brother, Johnathan, is unabashedly intelligent. Not since Paddy Chayefsky’s “Altered States” has such high-functioning dialogue been chewed onscreen by geeks. And while it’s constructed as neatly as a pyramid, the layers of the story might seem confusing to some unwilling to invest at least a little thought at the movies. But for those who venture into “Interstellar” for intelligent sci-fi, the threads of the tale weave themselves deliciously back together by its conclusion. The acting is top-notch, especially McConaughey, who gives his most emotional yet inspiring performance yet! If he didn’t win last year, the Academy would have given him this. All of the casts are great, but Chastain, who takes on the more prominent role of adult Murph, convincingly pulls our heartstrings as a child who feels abandoned and betrayed by a father who appears to have little chance of actually returning to her after a 20+ year absence. Their relationship is a complex and interesting one that only gets more complex as the film goes on. The musical score from Hans Zimmer is, without a doubt, his best and most influential work to date, helping drive the film’s bold and breath-taking vision. The visual effects are easily one of the best as well, making it a must watch for IMAX theaters. To see a black hole created through visual effects in such a way, both beautiful & horrifying! This film probably had the most realistic depiction of a black hole yet, and even offered new insight to accretion discs surrounding the anomalies (pretty cool!). All of the work done in this movie deserve an Oscar attention. Cinematography, Score, Sound editing and mixing, Film Editing, Visual Effects, Production, Picture, and more importantly Director. You wouldn’t acknowledge the beautiful paint without acknowledging the painter.

    Interstellar is about true love, about loyalty, forgiveness, fraud, hard decisions, and much more. And it is designed in a way to leave room for the imagination of the viewers. It’s also possible to notice some structure allusion to another Nolan’s work – Inception. The story and visuals are combined just perfect! “Interstellar” is a film that wins the hearts of the audience not only with its sci-fi splendor, but also an emotional story that lies at its very heart. This film is not only about the discoveries, space exploration and the final frontier of mankind, but also about the relationship of father and daughter, who were in a difficult situation in life when one has to leave the other in the name of a goal that can not be underestimated. Just too epic!! Must Watch in IMAX!!

  • Pete

    This thread should be called the “Nolan fanboy/studio plant” thread.

    Good observation on Sphere

  • benutty

    Danny, I’m pretty sure the wormhole was still placed there by a benevolent “other” rather than anyone on Earth. Don’t Cooper and TARS still reference the “other” when they’re in the black hole–I think Cooper says that they brought him here to communicate to someone on Earth because in their timelessness they couldn’t find the right moment in time to communicate to someone, but Cooper could.

  • benutty

    Pete, why is it that any time someone praises a Nolan film that they’re categorized as a fanboy? I happen to LOVE Interstellar, but I’ve disliked almost every other Nolan film. As if David Fincher doesn’t have his own set of rabid fans that praise his films just because it’s a Fincher. If we’re going to all be categorized as fanboys of a certain director, someone please direct me to the Malick thread.

  • Akumax

    Interstellar, overwritten underdeveloped visual giant that collapses in front of my eyes under its 3 hours weight while I have the feeling that time in cinema has been greatly bent and stretched with more wit&marvel like when we’re getting in Contact with a moving father-daughter relationship when we are reaching back into the meaningful feeling of Gravity or even when we simply go Back to the Future.

  • Ra S.

    What Benutty said…”Nolan fanboys blah blah blah.”

  • I’m going to write my own thoughts before I go through everyone else’s comments. But for now, I saw no bad moments. None.


    This film is so extraordinary. I am a Nolan fangirl. But I’ll never be an apologist for anyone. For me, I saw no flaws. I hear about them. I don’t read reviews before I see movies anymore but I’ve read a few since I’ve been home and I just think those people weren’t paying attention or maybe they couldn’t hear as they’ve said. But flawed? No way. A flaw is a mistake. You may disagree with some choices but there were no mistakes in the movie I saw.

    The biggest wrong thing I’ve read about this film is that Nolan failed because he’s a technical director, not an emotional one. Exsqueeze me? What Nolan movies have they been watching? Anyway, just concerning INTERSTELLAR, it’s all emotion. I don’t get how you don’t see that. We have Academy award winning and worthy actors. Those who don’t have one yet, it’s just a matter of time. Which is the other thing this movie is about. Time. If you have a metaphysical/astrophysical bend to the mind you may have, like myself , questioned if time really matters. My #3 all-time favorite song is Time (Clock of the Heart). I’ve been thinking about this shit since I was 10. Time is just a marker. Like the height chart your parents drew on a wall. It’s to show how far we’ve come, but we’ve gone much further than we know. We can’t handle it. Yet. We’re trapped in the Club Silencio. That’s why we, humans, need time.

    My favorite thing in the film is the robots. I need something to hook me with movies. When, I think it was Case, I’ll check tomorrow, rescued Amelia in the water I almost lost my mind. Like when the Ents fought in FOTR. I don’t know why but I love that stuff. “People” you don’t expect to join the fight. The fight in this case is about the dying of the light. I’m realizing now that I can’t write everything I think because it will be a book. But I’m going to jump around and trying to type fast enough to get what’s spilling out of my brain down in this post then I’ll have to keep coming back to fill in later on.

    MATTHEW FIGHT!!!! I had to do everything I could to not scream that in the theater. You know I’m not a big Damon fan but I absolutely think his scenes were necessary and well-done. See, the film’s rage against the dying.. it’s about survival. The survival of humankind, but humankind are a bunch of individuals. His character was about that individual survival instinct. I almost died recently and I’m not sure why I woke up. I don’t like the world that much. But here I am. Why? Apart from survival instinct I’ve got no reason for it. I don’t have kids. I don’t have anything to live for but I keep living. It’s just what humans do. You would think it’s a movie meant for parents. But I loved it regardless. We owe future people, whether they’re ours or not, a future. Their future. That they can push humankind forward with. So future humans can become the Mecha from A.I. or what ever it is they’ll become. Dr. Mann was displaying the human quality that allowed for humankind to survive even if it appeared to be a selfish version of it.

    Maybe it helps to have a personal history of loving sci-fi movies. Maybe I dislike the world so much because sci-fi movies promised me better humans than the ones I’m surrounded by. Because they’re not raging. But as time goes on, I’ve come to believe that most of us are those humans. They just misplaced their rage. They see that a spacecraft has exploded and fear gets them. So they eat the corn. The cream corn. Garmonbozia. They look down instead of up. Well this is all about looking up. I believe that we stopped looking up on 9/11. The fear took at least a decade from us. I hope this film inspires people to start looking up again. Maybe if we can look to the stars instead of heaven we’ll be saved.

    McConaughey. His Cooper is a great agent for mankind. I think McConaughey played a great everyman because he’s one of the humanest actors we have. I totally believed his connection with his children, especially the connection with the 3 actors playing his daughter. Ann Hathaway might be our most annoying human but her Amelia made us love her in spite of ourselves and her own selfishness led to the saving of mankind. Cooper’s selfishness did too and so did My Cocaine’s.

    Okay. My brain is pooped out. That probably sounded crazy. I’ll come back later to fill in. But it’s about Love, Survival, and Time and how we can spin those three elements into a sphere that can move us into the future.

  • In the history there are movie so greatness that critics can´t understand because they don´t have hearts they are only worried about premiums and not in the movies itself, it´s the example of movies like Vertigo, Psycho, 2001, Orenge Clockwork, the same history mixed reviews , love and hate, and after the traveling of the time the truth comes to us.

  • Matt

    I share a lot of the sentiments already covered here. I too, am not a Nolan fanboy. I like Memento, love The Dark Knight, think Inception was great upon first viewing but loses a lot once you know the story have to listen to two hours of exposition, and generally thought The Dark Knight Rises was a complete misfire. I have some issues with most of his films, this one included. To me, Interstellar was a close as he’s come to making a masterpiece. There were definitely issues, no doubt. I thought the movie was really about to jump the proverbial shark when Damon’s character did his 180. That whole sequence just didn’t work for me. Otherwise, I felt that he nailed it. The exposition wasn’t too difficult to understand or too lengthy. The emotional beats felt just right to me. And the production was just breathtaking. I left the theater in stunned, silent, awe at what I had just experienced. I went in knowing the RT and Metacritic scores, but I didn’t read any reviews until today (saw it Wednesday). What’s remarkable to me, in terms of the reviews, is that a lot of them (the critics) are deriding Nolan’s ambition instead of appreciating the fact that they are witnessing a director trying to do something remarkable. There isn’t any other director working right now who, excuse the usage of this phrase, is aiming for the stars like Nolan. I admit that Interstellar is not for everyone, but I’m truly shocked about some of the rhetoric. Is Interstellar a perfect film? No. Nowhere near. But there’s no such thing. This is a tremendous film, and upon first viewing, I would say that it’s Nolan’s best.

  • Will

    It’s his best film, and his weirdest. Anne Hathaway was a standout for me. I personally loved the ice planet section with Dr. Mann; it was almost like a mini sic-fi movie arc within the big one. The special effects were killer in 70mm, oh man. It’s hard for me to comprehend the criticism on this one.

  • K. Bowen

    Best acting job – secretly, Anne Hathaway. But the character is thin, so it doesn’t stand out.

  • Last night IMAX 70mm film – Seattle Pacific Science center.

    general reaction from the full house and me: meh.

  • This IMDb person explains it:

    I had most of it, but forgot about the eggs. I just thought Cooper and Amelia were the new Adam and Eve on that planet then their supersmart descendants figured it all out.

  • additionally – my filmgoing companion was a Boeing engineer: he thought it was silly. To VESH: perfectly precise explanation. Kudos.

  • Dave

    Huge disappointment. The first 30 minutes almost put me to sleep, lol. Clearly there’s a problem with the editing, keep disconnecting me from the film, like all the time.

  • fred

    I mostly enjoyed the experience on a visceral level, but the dialog was just so clunky and the blocking and editing was awful. It made me crave the same film from a more arty director that would just let things be instead of having to explain the themes to death. Chastain pulls yet another rabbit out of a hat as the only person allowed to do any acting in the film. Nolan has the amazing ability to make you feel the power of his vision in the moment but he consistently overexplains some things in dialog repeatedly (love transcends the cosmos! this is how wormholes work! bla bla bla) while underexplaining key things at other times (Michael Caine knew it was impossible to move a billion people with gravity so he gave up on it. why exactly did everyone freak out about that?). Especially frustrating was the lazy editing on the water planet. We are told it is 7 years per hour, and it feels like we are watching them in realtime on the planet – it’s confusing when one second it’s 45 minutes until the water is out of the engines then 2 minutes later they just take off, and more confusing when we find they spent 23 years there. Nolan doesn’t have the economy to be able to clearly the passage of time offscreen. Not to mention the whole concept of the movie is insane (but that’s inescapable for time travel movies so you can’t blame them too much) – if Future Humans were able to put together a crazy tesseract and hook it up to a black hole that Cooper was going to happen to fall into (where he would have been stretched to infinite weight and died on the way in IRL), then they could have just told everyone on earth how to build bad-ass spaceships in a more clear way. Like a well-written e-mail to Michael Caine. Why bother with the mystery?

  • fred

    oh and Surprise Matt Damon! (Astronaut Mike Dexter?) really took me out of the film. they should have used a lesser known actor. and his evil plan didn’t seem to make any sense.

  • Danny

    “Danny, I’m pretty sure the wormhole was still placed there by a benevolent “other” rather than anyone on Earth. Don’t Cooper and TARS still reference the “other” when they’re in the black hole”

    Benutty – no, it was placed there by the evolved humans, the “fifth-dimensional beings” that we become at some point in the way distant future. Your confusion lies in the fact that there are actually TWO “higher powers” helping our heroes throughout the movie. The first is Coop, sending messages from the future but a near-future (in the black hole segment). The other is still “us”, that is, humans, but at some indeterminate time in the future, potentially millenia away.

  • It doesn’t matter about the time changes when they’re on the planet because it’s the same to them. Meaning they’re not going to run in slow motion because it’s not being intercut with Earth time, the way the levels of the dream were intercut in INCEPTION. In that movie it was important to know what was happening in different places. If you did that here you’d either have to have Earth scenes so speeded up they’d be a blur or you’d have to have basically a movie of still pictures showing what happened on the water planet and it’d take years to watch. Otherwise, it’s more ‘why didn’t the eagles just drop the ring in Mt. Doom” stuff. Cause there’d be no movie that’s why.

  • Danny

    “There is not enough fuel on Earth to get that many people off the surface, so the most feasible and effective method of saving everyone is through a gravity drive that can propel the station into space. Prof. Brand solves the equation for understanding/harnessing gravity with our current understanding of physics, and figures out that there’s no way to exploit gravity as a mechanism without reconciling it with quantum theory (a problem that actually exists today). When Coop sends the quantum data to Murph, she is able to solve the equations that give a unifying theory of gravity and, subsequently, develop the gravity-based technology that can transport the people on Earth away from the blight and onto satellite stations.”

    Thank you, Vesh. That makes sense. The idea that Chastain was looking to reconcile the disparities between general relativity and quanum mechanics is a great one, and I wish that had been clearer (to me, at least) in the movie. Because yes, that is THE problem that’s been plaguing physicists for the last century. People knock the science in this movie, but to me it’s all clear and perfectly plausible – UNTIL the moment where it becomes purely theoretical and almost fantasy (when they enter the blackhole). But then again, I indulge them there because it’s simply a work of pure imagination and speculation at that point.

  • benutty

    Right. I guess I misinterpreted your use of “future selves” as being a future Cooper rather than a different generation of humanity altogether. We could argue about it, but it comes down to how we interpret the idea of the “other” in this case. Either way, I don’t think whether you predicted that this was the case or not, or at what point you predicted it, makes the script good or bad.

    Furthermore, can you explain what exactly you didn’t understand about Plan A? The role that weight and gravity play in space travel is pretty fundamental science, no? Why would the film have to explain this any more than it did?

  • Danny

    I found the different timelines in Inception MUCH more difficult to follow than in Interstellar. In fact, I think that’s something Nolan should be especially commended for – making a time travel movie that doesn’t really hurt the brain because it’s always being explained in human terms.

    Fred seems to have a problem with the “lazy editing” of the water planet scene that made it confusing how much time was passing. I didn’t find it confusing at all, and the editing seemed perfectly clear to me (the jumps from real-time cuts to time passing). They were supposed to be down there for about 3 minutes. Because of Hathaway’s decision and the subsequent water-logging, they were stuck there for about 45. Wasn’t confusing.

  • Danny

    Benutty – no I never implied the fact that I saw a twist coming meant the script was bad. Like I said, it didn’t spoil the experience for me. And I checked with my wife immediately after the movie – she also being familiar with Sphere – and she did not have it figured out. No matter. It’s mostly of interest to me because in talking about the movie and its various influences, I always leave out mentioning “Sphere” on non-spoilery threads, because I think that might tip its hand too much.

    And regarding Plan A, it sounds like I missed something in Michael Caine’s exposition. I just remember the moment when Coop looks up, sees that the NASA building is actually a very large ship, and then Caine saying something like “we can’t get it to work.” But I never heard any more explanation than that. WHY couldn’t they get it to work? Work how? What’s the problem. And seeing how the second-half of the movie entirely revolves around Chastain’s quest to solve this magic equation – I just wish I knew what she was trying to do rather than having it feel like a giant McGuffin. But again, it sounds like I missed some stuff. It sounds like she was trying to solve a master, unifying equation of modern physics. It just felt like a weakness to me during the film, because the rest of the movie was so concerned with plausible explanations based in science, and here it just seemed like the Nolans threw up their hands and said “let’s just fudge the details here because we don’t really know how to scientifically express the problem here, though we like the human stakes.”

  • Akumax

    @Antoinette: “why didn’t the eagles just drop the ring in Mt. Doom” stuff. Cause there’d be no movie that’s why.”
    No, because the ring wants to be reunited with its master and it has such an evil power, how can you trust that power and the effects on the eagles? : )

  • Schaeffer

    Did anyone else feel very disappointed that we didn’t get a longer, richer reunion between now-90-something Murph and Coop? I just felt like the ENTIRE movie orbited this moment. And then it happens. And it’s beautiful. For 90 seconds. And then Murph is like, “I got me a family, Pa, why don’t you just go back to space rather than spend every waking second of my life rekindling this relationship. There’s an astronaut out there you need to find, despite the fact that we just saw a half dozen trained astronauts preparing to fly through the wormhole.” And Coop’s like, “Sure thing, Murph! I wept at the loss of you, and now that I have you again, I’m going to leave you ninety seconds later!” Did anyone else feel like this was the shittiest emotional payoff of the year? It’s like the movie’s final twist: Murph and Coop actually don’t really want to spend much time together.

  • benutty

    I see. As I understand it, the problem is that in order for a ship to leave Earth’s orbit the mass of the ship has to be small enough to require an amount of energy that can realistically be harnessed (in order to reach a speed fast enough). In order to get as many people off of Earth as they need to, using the large ship that they’ve built, a lot of energy would be required. The equation they spend the film trying to solve is something that hasn’t been solved (in terms of changing the equation of “escape velocity” – so that they can harness enough energy), so to expect the film to explain it would mean you expect an unsolved scientific equation to have been solved.

    With that being said, I understand the frustration you feel because it’s true that the mechanics of the film’s plot depend on this problem and it goes underexplained. Where I dissent from you though is that I see an interesting thing happening with the script that allows this frustration to work in its favor. For me, the film takes quite simple, rather reductive approaches to ideas like “love” and uses them in what many are (rightfully) saying is overwrought and cheesy dialogue and makes them fairly grand. The debate that Amelia and Cooper have about which of the two planets to visit second is key here–Amelia makes the argument that love is a science, as much a dimension and mathematical truth as time and space are. Through her argument, Nolan takes the simple theme of love and expands it beyond how we’ve ever thought of it, as something more than just an emotional connection and as a building block of the universe. On the flip side, the frustration that you feel in an unexplained Plan A does the opposite–it’s taking a complex, unsolved formula and breaking it down to present it as something we might unquestionably accept as we often do the concept of love. There’s this interesting play between science and romance, knowable and unknowable, data and feeling that is going on here that I really, really like and happen to think makes the script feel large, intelligent and imaginative.

  • benutty

    Schaeffer, that was my initial reaction to the film’s close, but after thinking more about it I realized that the problem between Murph and Cooper wasn’t that they missed each other and needed to be reunited, but rather that the reasons why they weren’t together weren’t honest. Murph came to think Cooper left her to die. Cooper came to believe that he couldn’t explain himself to Murph. This all becomes resolved not in their reunion, but in Murph realizing that Cooper was communicating to her through the books/gravity/watch and helping her find a way to save the people he left on Earth.

  • Schaeffer

    Benutty, that is a valuable insight. But I guess the proto-Dad in me cannot FATHOM leaving a daughter for a coworker-astronaut after being separated from my daughter for her entire adult life. Especially after functioning as her ghost. And this movie is so explicitly about love, I just think his departure from Murph is a catastrophic narrative choice. I can roll with mini-astronaut bookshelf goblin, but all I wanted was for him to hold onto Murph’s hand and not let go til one of them croaked. Hey Benutty, you a Los Angelino? I like your comments; if you are, let’s grab a movie some time.

  • Ailidh

    The ending with Burstyn killed me. A 90something daughter dying of old age and her 40ish father. When she tells him he should go because “no parent should have to watch their child die”.

  • benutty

    Schaeffer, I see what you mean, but as a non-father I side with the ending that we get. Murph is dying and Cooper has many more years to live (I’m assuming). I think Cooper belongs on the new planet with Amelia and that the idea of them being the First Woman and First Man on that new planet adds more insight into the film’s ideas about “the parent” than we’d get if Cooper stayed and held Murph’s hand as she died.

    Also: thank you 🙂 I’m not from or in Los Angeles. I’m from NorCal and in NYC ;P

  • Edkargir

    Could be a repeat of 1977 . Annie Hall one of the ten best films off all time beat the more popular Star Wars a movie I gave 1 and a half stars. Hopefully the best film of the decade a true masterpiece Boyhood will beat the 2 star Interstellar.

  • Christophe

    Overcooked tripe.

  • Danny

    SCHAEFFER – the film’s ending didn’t feel emotionally unsatisfying to me. For me, as an audience, we’ve had our catharsis – we’ve gone through the emotional rollercoaster with both those characters, and we have our satisfying ending (he makes it back to her). If the film had drawn to a close there, fading out on their embrace, you’d probably be more satisfied? But it’s the idea that she (almost) immediately sends him away that’s the problem? I get that, sort of, on an intellectual level. But it doesn’t “feel” off. The truth of the matter is that this woman is for all intents and purposes a stranger to him. She’s lived an entire life without him, and is nothing like the 10 year old he left behind. Their relationship has almost switched in terms of who is the parent and who is the child. She is guiding him at that point. She doesn’t need anything from him anymore. I don’t know – it’s clearly a complex issue and relationship and one we could debate and toss around all day considering how theoretical the circumstances are – it just felt to me as if it had the right amount of sweetness.

    ALSO, I don’t know if it was a deliberate choice or if it’s just the way it happened, but it felt spot-on to me that Burstyn was the one more moved in that scene. You can see it as soon as they see each other. There’s her Dad again, just as he was the last time she saw him. Coop is looking at somebody he probably recognizes, but he’s not going to fall to pieces as if it were his 10 year-old Murph again.

  • Danny

    Benutty – back to the “equation” bit. At the Q&A I saw Chastain was talking about how that IS a real equation that Exec. Producer (and theoretical physicist) Kip Thorne has come up with. So it’s clearly not just gobbeldygook. I think they could have set up better what the equation meant and was trying to solve even if they fudged the details (out of necessity!) at the end with what the “solution” turned out to be from the “quantum data.”

  • A lot of these comments have to do with the under-explanation of some of the details. Maybe it’s just me, but I think that’s one of the things that makes it so great. I don’t think a film should have to explicitly tell you everything in laments terms. It makes you think deeply while still being visually captivating. I can’t wait for a second viewing to try and catch some of the smaller, more scientific details. On that note, I think that’s something that makes this film superior to Inception. The exposition of Inception feels redundant on multiple viewings, whereas I feel like there’s so much more I have yet to discover upon repeated viewings of Interstellar.

  • Wow… layman’s**
    I really screwed that spelling up.

  • I think I’ll just add this:

    It was better than Gravity.

  • Ella

    Feeling pretty similar as I did about Gravity – looked amazing, but I never felt truly engaged or emotionally attached, which was obviously Nolan’s aim. I never felt I was in it. Enjoyed it plenty, there’s a lot to like about it, Jessica Chastain is the strongest performance by far/given the most to do, but the constant over explaining while not really explaining everything really took me out of it. Also didn’t help that the sound was horrendous, at least at my screening.

  • unlikely hood

    Schaeffer’s point is solid, and I don’t agree with Benutty’s riposte. They didn’t need to break up literally 90 seconds later (or less). They could have spent a day together, or something, before Coop ran off to cockblock Brand from Edwards. Could have been done with editing, just smash cut, and then Murph says something like “this week has been great, but there’s something else you need to do.” Also it didn’t seem to match McConaughey’s (awesome) acting when he saw adult Murph’s face for the first time and cried…not saying I needed gushing waterworks at the end, but a little more emotion after “you told them I liked farming?” would have been good.

    PROTIP: if Matt Damon shows up 2/3 of the way through your movie, he’s NOT THERE TO HELP YOU. #savingprivatehimself

    I liked the fact that the minute they left Earth’s atmosphere, the robot made a HAL 9000 joke (about throwing them out of the airlock). Obviously the whole movie is in many ways a response to 2001, but that was a nice way to tip the cap without being stentorian about it.

    I just complimented McConaughey, but boy do I ever not need him for at least two years now. I mean enough is enough. I *do* feel the film would have been slightly better if it starred a 40-something who can do more things, say Mark Ruffalo or Christian Bale or Idris Elba. Not saying the film was bad, but it *really* relied on us loving McConaughey in an almost George Clooney-like way, and I’m just not that into him.

    I need more time to process. Will read you guys and decide later what else I think.

  • I just posted our original review of 2001 for those who may be interested. Just click my name.

  • I think I’ll just add this:

    It was better than Gravity.

    It was more ambitious, for sure. Makes Gravity’s visual effects look like child’s play. BUT there is no way to forgive that terrible dialogue and bad acting. Nothing can make up for it.

  • K. Bowen

    Gravity’s visual effects were child’s play – a video game.

  • You guys, I got the impression that Murph was on her deathbed and her time was at an end. She sent him off right now, because she was going to die in a couple of minutes. That’s why the whole family was there. She had been frozen. They thawed her just to see her dad one last time before the big sleep. There was no day to stay for. If he didn’t leave right right then, he would have watched her die.

  • unlikely hood

    Antoinette: “MATTHEW FIGHT!!!! I had to do everything I could to not scream that in the theater.”
    I would pay again to see the movie if a group of women would sit there saying “Matt fight? Matt. Fight. Matt. Fight. MATT FIGHT!” in exactly the tone a group of guys say “Catfight? Cat. Fight…” etc

    I liked Gravity better. I liked Inception better. This was better than The Dark Knight *Rises* though.

    This was the first Nolan film where I felt the title didn’t quite fit. Better would have been Daddies, Daughters, and Dimensions.

    I’m not agreeing with the haters or the lovers on this one. The sum was less than the often-inventive parts. It was too long, but a lot of it was impressive on levels that few other films are. I loved the ambition. I’m glad we live in a world with Christopher Nolan…or do we?

    Do people think this is really going to be a blockbuster? But you can’t take kids to it, can you? I’d be surprised if it got past $200m domestically. And I’ll predict now that it won’t win as many Oscars as Gravity.

  • Ra S.


    2. BIRDMAN
    5. BOYHOOD

    I have yet to see The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Foxcatcher

  • I only remember one bad word in it so I think you can take kids to it. It’s not like some old lady is floating around in her underpants. But will smaller types sit still for it? No but I think 10+ should be fine. Maybe sophisticated 8 year olds.

    I say massive blockbuster. People are going to go back to “understand” it. Then word of mouth. I think it’ll be around Captain America numbers because it should span the generations but skew to older folks, imo. I think millennials won’t like it. But that’s because I think they’re weirdos.

  • unlikely hood

    Antoinette – 90% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, looks like you may well be right

  • unlikely hood

    Quick question: does anyone know of any case of any scientist lying to any other scientist? This…
    …doesn’t count, sorry.
    Assuming the history books in the Nolanverse stop scrubbing out the Apollo missions, they’re going to have to explain how Dr. Brand and Dr. Mann each perpetrated some major hoaxes…unprecedented hoaxes, amirite? I mean, wouldn’t *someone* have been able to check on Brand’s work? Mann, sure, maybe, though even there, I wonder if the arriving scientists would be so credulous. They’d want to see more than just his charts, they’d expect soil samples inside the station, maybe even a plant (not dancing like Groot, but still).
    Seems interesting to me that a movie with well-publicized science bona fides (for example, in the Time cover story on the film, Kip Thorne and others are quoted and celebrated) would go back to the whole Evil Scientist trope, which to me is as silly as Dr. Smith breathing air on other worlds in Lost in Space.

    But I liked the movie!

  • Christophe

    Per Deadline, Intl box office is starting stronger than Gravity’s, yet it is bombing in France where it only did half the business Gravity did on its first day, and it is only #26 opener of the year… probably not going to be one of its top markets this time.

  • “It was more ambitious, for sure. Makes Gravity’s visual effects look like child’s play. BUT there is no way to forgive that terrible dialogue and bad acting. Nothing can make up for it.”

    I’ll agree that there wasn’t a performance here on a par with Bullock’s tour de force. McConaughey came pretty close, but overall, I think the performances were deliberately muted and the real star of the film was Nolan. I certainly wouldn’t say the acting was BAD, though.

    As for the writing, I think this was infinitely better written than Gravity. Gravity’s writing turned me off almost from the beginning, and even if, on balance, it wasn’t a bad script, it was still not a very good one. (*spoiler*) I still think Ghost Clooney is utterly ridiculous. Utterly, utterly ridiculous. (*end spoiler*) The dialogue in Interstellar, I thought, felt much more natural and realistic than in Nolan’s past works. There was the odd line I didn’t care for (the whole Murphy’s Law bit still feels a little awkward), but there was nothing as terrible as “Could Harvey Dent be the Caped Crusader?” or “Forgive me for wanting a little specificity, Eames.”

    I’d still rank it at #4 or #5 for original screenplays and at the low end of the top 10 overall, but I’d take it over Gravity’s script any day.

  • Danny

    Whoah whoah, Sasha. “Terrible dialogue and bad acting”? It seems like your initially mixed response is growing more negative. And that’s the first I’ve heard from you or anybody about bad acting in interstellar. Who? Huh? Also, for what it’s worth, gravity’s screenplay was generally considered a weak link last year. I think interstellar’s needs work, but I’d rank it above gravity’s.

  • Danny

    Unlikely Hood – the only hoax Brand did was pretending he was dumber than he was. He had secretly already given up trying to solve the equation. But as the smartest guy in the room (the planet, really) there was nobody to call him on it.

    And Mann’s hoax wasn’t going to last very long, he knew. He did break his robot so it couldn’t rat him out. They WERE going down to the surface to check things out, remember? They gave one of the most respected scientists in the world the benefit of the doubt for, like, an hour. That doesn’t strain credulity to me.

  • unlikely hood

    Danny – Murph felt Brand had lied to her…and told the truth to others. Seemed like a bigger deal to her than you’re making it sound.

    Right, in Mann’s case, fair enough, assuming the Matt-fight was the same day. (67 hour day)

  • Danny

    Unlikely hood – well, yeah. The MORAL implications of what Brand did are much more damning than the scientific ethics. He lied to and deceived both her and her Dad. He sent Coop into space under false pretenses.

    BTW, laughed out loud at your Matt Damon “protip”.

  • Ailidh

    Saw it again today for the second time, this time with my brother-in-law, the physicist, in tow. He loved it by the way.

    There were any number of things I didn’t catch the first time. It was McConaughey’s hand which reached through the ship to take Hathaway’s.

    I liked Hathaway’s performance less this time, McConaughey’s even more, same for Chastain and Foy. Was especially touched by Gyasi this time and Matt Damon did a great job. Loved the scene where he wakes up and collapses into McConaughey’s arms, weeping. Thought he was very effective later playing the cold narcissistic sociopath. Damon should play more villains.

  • K. Bowen

    I think that what works about the Damon cameo is that you expect him to be the good guy. Stars usually are.

  • Lorece

    INTERSTELLAR: the most frustrating time I’ve had at the movies thus far this year. I say frustrating because there were moments of sheer brilliance and others I found absolutely nonsensical. I’m still trying to figure out my overall take on this film. Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors. Memento is still my favorite film of his and one of my all time favorites but I also love The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception. So I went into Interstellar thinking that it was destined to be my Best Picture of the year, regardless of what the Academy might say. And sadly that is not the case. I don’t think Interstellar is a bad film. I wouldn’t even call it average, which makes it really hard for me to even try to rate it. It certainly is unlike anything I’ve seen on screen this year. It tackles really complex concepts in my opinion and showcases stretches of imagination that are bold and far reaching. But my problems with the film over-weigh any ability I might have had to love it.
    First off:
    – The planet Earth will be inhabitable. Why? Is it a question of mankind sapping up all of our natural resources? Forgive me if I missed this. Are these dust clouds only affecting Coop’s neighborhood or can the same conditions be found in every corner of the world? For some reason, I wanted to feel more of an international scope levied at the situation. After all, they are aiming to save the PLANET and not just some small town.
    -We know next to nothing about the crew that is assembled for the mission save for Coop and Brand. TARS had more personality than half the ship; which leads me to another problem…unnecessary characters and lack of character development.
    -Why did Coop have a son? What was the point? This is a father-daughter story. I felt Casey Affleck had virtually no purpose in the film and have noticed how nearly every comment on this site has failed to mention him. WHY? Because his was seemingly an unnecessary character or a filler perhaps for when Murph was not speaking to her father, which to me is lazy storytelling.
    -I still don’t understand why Murph started burning down her brother’s corn fields…maybe I missed something?
    -Amelia is in love with Edmund…the true ghost of the story? WHY? For a quick character motivation? Is this convenient or simply contrived?
    -Matt Damon’s Dr. Mann didn’t work for me. I thought that whole sequence could have been removed from the film all together.
    -I found the score really distracting and I usually love Hans Zimmer’s work.
    BUT Standouts for me on the positive end:
    -I loved Mackenzie Foy and would have loved even more moments between her and Coop. His departure did feel unnaturally abrupt to me.
    -I really loved the sequence on Miller’s planet with the “waves” and the aftermath where Coop is sitting at the station watching the messages he’s missed throughout the past 20+ years. It was actually the one moment in the film I truly connected with on an emotional level…almost got teary-eyed when Murph explained that she was now the same age as her father when he left.
    -S.T.A.Y I loved this moment towards the end where Coop enters the black hole. I love the idea of being able to watch your past self with the knowledge of the future and how bittersweet it can be to realize you can’t go back and change the past with your present eyes. And yet to think that if Coop had stayed, they probably would have all died. Thus, in the end everything happens for a reason and sometimes you can learn the most from supposed “regrets.”

    I’m going to try to see Interstellar again next week and maybe I’ll find that the things that initially bothered me won’t seem so offensive with a repeat viewing. All in all though, I do admire the ambition of the project and I respect the fact that even though Nolan may try to say too much in his films at times, at least he’s a director who always tries to say SOMETHING!

  • LCbaseball22

    Not reading anything but you all should know twitter blew up with praise the likes of which is rarely seen. This is just a sampling of an hour of tweets…

    Posts: 32
    #Interstellar fucked me up in all the right ways

    A mix of Spielbergs warmth, Kubricks brain and Malicks beauty still 100% Nolan throughout #Interstellar is mindblowing and out of this world

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    I think interstellar broke my mind #Interstellar #ChristopherNolan

    #Interstellar is a film that has to be seen in theaters. It’s a loving ode from a father to a daughter, veiled as a sci-fi blockbuster.

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    Guys, #Interstellar was so good. Like, phenomenal.

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    What an Extraordinary Movie It was Had to concentrate so hard that after the movie I Needed a hangover #Interstellar

    #Interstellar was a great moving. –very moving and touching. –hits home.

    Just left #Interstellar I need to sit alone drinking my beer and figure out what just happened. Mind blowing.

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    #Interstellar was amazing! I’ve lost all hope in @RottenTomatoes critics

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    I really don’t know what to think right now… #Interstellar

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    Saw Interstellar last night at Imax. Blown away. I knew I’d enjoy it but not to that level. I will see this film many times. #Interstellar

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    #Interstellar was amazing. It definitely deserved the rating 9.2

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    #Interstellar blew my mind Jesus Christ

    #Interstellar was phenomenal

    #Interstellar is a very complex and a very big movie! No one could have called the plot to this. The Nolan mind is magnificent. Love it! #fb

    Mind? Blown. #Interstellar

    Meant to tell you all how much I enjoyed #Interstellar. It’s what I love about Nolan’s films, thought provoking & visually stunning.

    #Interstellar MIND BLOWN

    Interstellar is my new all time favorite movie. 10/10 #Interstellar

    Omfg #Interstellar is an amazing movie, Soo many feels *-*

    I’m going to need some time to digest that. May need quite a bit of time. See it in the theater. #Interstellar

    Just saw #Interstellar. Best movie ever made. That is not, I repeat not, hyperbole. I think we just evolved a little. Wow.

    #Interstellar was incredible. I don’t know how Nolan does it.

    Just got out of #Interstellar – still gathering my thoughts, but wow. What a fantastic experience of a film.

    Just saw #Interstellar starring @MathewMcconaugh. Intense and gripping sci fi. Another masterpiece by @NolanNews

    Half one and I’m still thinking about #Interstellar. Absolutely mind-blowing. I need to watch it again now.

    Wow, #interstellar was epic. Right up there with Kubrick. This will go down as an all time classic.

    I’m still SHOCKED about #Interstellar What a film!! Go watch it RIGHT NOW!!

  • LCbaseball22


    #Interstellar is the best movie I’ve seen in years. A whole generation of 15-year-olds just decided to major in physics and astronomy.

    Christopher Nolan achieved the impossible with Interstellar…he made me like Anne Hathaway. #Interstellar

    I’m gonna be thinking about #interstellar for weeks…. What an amazing movie. Phenomenal acting.

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    All I can say is Wow! Wow! Wow! #Interstellar

    There is a reason this is a 9.2/10 its a brilliant movie. Great story and acting. #Interstellar

    #Interstellar was probably the greatest movie I’ve ever seen. Ever. #MindBlown

    saw #Interstellar tonight and its been quite a while since I left a theater feeling so emotionally drained

    #Interstellar was beautiful.

    Beauty, brains and heart. The move has it all. #Interstellar

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    #Interstellar was just wow. I mean wow. Wow. Go see it in IMAX people!

    So I just saw #Interstellar, movie was nuts. I’m filled with #Nerdgasm.

    #Interstellar is quite incredible — a film that simply transcends pure escapism. It’s ambitious and visually and emotionally inspiring.

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    Full disclosure #Interstellar was absolutely amazing.

    I don’t think I will be able to think about anything else for the rest of the weekend. Mind=blown #Interstellar #MustSee

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    Went to opening night of #interstellar , I won’t look at reality the same way again!

    Mind=Blown #Interstellar

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    Some may disagree. There’s mindblowing and then there’s #mindblown #Interstellar.

    Just found my new favorite movie. Completely blown away by it. #Interstellar

    Just saw #interstellar. I’ll never be the same…

  • LCbaseball22

    I’ll come back here after I see the film tomorrow morning and actually read through what the rest of you have had to say :p

  • Bryce Forestieri

    Finally saw INTERSTELLAR, and I have to say I liked it very much and the balance is overwhelmingly positive. It has affected me. It’s too late for me to insert myself into this discussion, but I’ll just say the movie could have done with A LOT LESS science dialogue. First of all it was mostly rubbish but what’s worst of all most of it sounded very dumb. What completely saves the film from that shortcoming is that “the science” is completely secondary and the emotion works 100% still. It is also secondary for its intellectual ambition, the movie could have made ALL THE POINTS without the talk about “them” and “the fifth dimension”, but I will clarify those points later on in the season for y’all.

    Something else I must say though.

    Jessica Chastain does a fine job with her role and it is a “key role” for the story, but why she is the one being talked about regarding awards considerations is beyond my comprehension. If anyone deserves a Best Supporting Actress nomination it is Anne Hathaway. Like, not even close, man.

    Anne Hathaway owns this bitch like a motherfucker.

    She is also remains to date the only actress whose true potential has been tapped by Mr. Nolan — now twice. He just isn’t very good writing for women and working with actresses. But he is great with Hathaway. I hope they keep collaborating.

    Strong ending. Great aftertaste.


  • Bryce Forestieri

    Ugh. I missed some commas as per usual, but I think my comment makes sense.


  • Christophe


    I’ll just say your comment could’ve done with A LOT LESS commas. What completely saves your comment is that “the commas” are completely secondary and the emotion works 100% still. It is also secondary for its intellectual ambition, the comment could have made ALL THE POINTS without any punctuation, capital letters or hyphens, but I will clarify those points later on in the season..

  • Christophe

    Shit Bryce,

    It’s too late for me to insert inverted commas into the discussion, but I liked them very much, the balance is overwhelmingly positive. They have affected me.

    What matters most is the grammar of your heart!

  • now now

  • White Corvid

    So, admiration or vexation with this film? A lot of it might stem from how you decipher it’s third act. So many of the problems with the film’s resolution melt away when you open yourself up to the idea that Coop never made it!
    “What?’ I hear you ask. Yep, he went to the ‘other side’ whatever that means to you. Nolan sets us up for the final act with Mann’s speech to Coop. A speech about what ‘comes’ to you when you’re in the final moments of your life…
    When Coop falls into that singularity and finds himself in a hypercube or time construct, what are we to believe? There’s no way any benevolent hand would have conspired to help him get there given the unbelievable happenstance needed to have him arrive there in the first place so let’s rewind.
    The Director loves symbolism and adores the ‘Barrel-roll’ – he likes to tilt things/turn them on end or at 180 when he’s making allusions (no, I didn’t mean illusions :). Examples are strewn throughout his works – batman/joker scene where the camera tilts to show the joker’s point of view (nearly convinces the Dark Knight to embrace anarchy here) and Inception is littered with such scenes. Like that feature this film lends itself beautifully to this device of his where he shifts perspective by rotating the camera or scene itself. When Nolan does this he’s showing us his cards and it’s hardly subtle.
    The film is rife with symbolism and pointers that support the idea that Coop doesn’t make it. Here’s just a few: Early on the toy lunar lander Murph was playing with gets broken. This may seem insignificant but it’s symbolic of a mission failure (even though the real lunar mission was a success). Brand’s mission could be looked at as that success though.
    Further, Murph’s teacher says the moon mission was a fallacy that has been corrected in the history books. This is analogue to the idea that Coop might be undertaking a mission fraught with falsehood. As it turns out, he was insofar as his mission is concerned but the audience are perhaps being given a ‘meta’ hint here as well.
    Coop is Murph’s ghost! He has transcended the bonds of time. He has died in a very unusual place. In this place, this limbo, is he actually able to help his daughter (with the help of his robot friend). Or is he in the elastic throws of heightened awareness as his life passes – is he imagining what might have been?
    Certainly the meeting with his aged daughter is instructive. This meeting had been a three hour slow burn and we were expecting a pay-off but what did we get? Murph tells Coop she has her family with her and that it’s okay if he goes now. Really? After everything…? Instead, is she really telling the audience that she has accepted his death. Everyone else in the room ignores him, he is a ghost to them. The only real interplay is between Coop and Murph. It’s a ‘letting go of the past’ scene for her and he is privy to it either as a ghost or in his imagination as he is falling into the singularity. Food for thought my friends.
    Because one thing seems clear – and that is – the idea that Coop actually did end up where he did and how he did could not possibly have been the architecture of some benevolent hand (and I don’t mean God). There’s just too much happenstance to conceive of it as a by-design plan. And if it really did all happen literally as it was depicted on film – if that’s what we’re supposed to swallow – well, it’s kinda hard to stomach. Especially the bit where Coop gets spat out next to a gas giant and gets scooped up by a passing ‘ranger’ ship (talk about your needle in a haystack). Oh, and he had enough oxygen left.
    Anyone else gonna help me out with the symbolic clues?

  • I just thought of what Jesse Pinkman would say about some of these comments and made myself lol. Anyway, I’m off to see it again. Tah tah.

  • Ailidh

    I think it’s likely Coop died, especially if you remember Damon’s comment about his children being the last thing Coop would see before he died.

    On reddit, etc. there are endless discussions going on, science nerds having a field day. “Real” scientists have contradicted the claims of “scientific journalists” about wonky science in the film. DeGrasse Tyson loves it. NO scientist is going to go up against Kip Thorne. Wouldn’t it be nice if an offshoot of this film would be for students to start getting more interested in science, in physics? Would make a change from kids growing up wanting to be cartoon superheroes…

  • Bryce Forestieri

    Christophe and I are pals. We speak to each other in this tone.

    Hathaway, Damon, and Burstyn had some tricky stuff to accomplish in INTERSTELLAR. I am in awe of them. McConaughey was a solid “Nolan lead”, much better than DiCaprio in INCEPTION.

    Let me reconsider a bit and say I think most of the science mumbo-jumbo is completely forgivable and might even work to the movie’s overall goofiness/adorableness even more so over time. You know, in 20 years when people aren’t all “omg what is Neil deGrasse Tyson gonna say about this one!”. What I think the movie can do completely without though is TARS talking non-stop to Cooper during the black hole/fifth dimension structure/time mosaic whatever you want to call it sequence. I think everything would have made narrative sense while leaving something to mystery, something that even might be easy to interpret on our own. I absolutely love when he’s shouting “tell him to say!” “stay you idiot!” those are not my problem, my problem is “people can’t build this Coop” “not yet but whenever you know” “but ‘they’ didn’t send us to whatever”. Furthermore, I think he could have figured out how to help her without the “translate the quantum data into morse code” non-sense, and yeah sure, use morse-code if you must. The film achieves such stirring and effective aesthetic *and* world building *and* the humanistic themes are so well laid out by this point that I wish it had felt more comfortable with just showing/suggesting to us what is happening during that sequence. I mean it’s not completely TERRIBLE since TARS is so beautifully rendered and performed that he’s just a cool character you know, like HAL, Mother or GERTY, so it’s not like a “make him shut-up” kind of thing. Ending was strong, yo. Hathaway MVP.

    So many dumb complaints about the film. Wow. But I’ll rebuke them all as the season progresses — so sit tight, Christophe, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. :p

  • Christophe

    Well, now you made me want to see it again! But I do wish they would blip out all the pseudo-science and explanatory talk and just let us enjoy the experience. It’s freaking Interstellar Space for Chrissake! There are so many different ways this film could have been edited and given all sorts of radically different meanings. Amateur filmmakers and even professional ones are going to have a field day playing with it once it’s on DVD. Hopefully we can see alternate versions on Youtube.

  • Akumax

    Maybe I didn’t enjoy Interstellar because of my cinematographic past. I’ve a list of films that I loved and I watched so many times, films that gave me so much in terms of ideas about earth, love, time, life, space, future. Films that overwhelmed me with questions. Films that ultimately made me experience most of the ideas explored in Nolan’s Interstellar like something I’ve already taken in but now out of focus.
    To name a few:
    Wall e
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
    2001 a Space Odyssey
    Back To the Future
    Star Trek
    AI Artificial Intelligence
    Children of Men
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Star Wars

    Just got in from the two hour and forty-nine minute space epic INTERSTELLAR by Christopher Nolan. I was utterly overwhelmed in a way few films of recent years have done. The film (strains of Gattaca, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Fountain are clear enough) is thought-provoking, dreamy, surreal, sensory, heart-stopping and philosophically ambitious. Above all it is heart-breaking, one of the most emotional films of this or any year. I dare say this is Nolan’s masterpiece. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Casey Affleck are on board and the pulsating elegiac score in Phillip Glass mode by Hans Zimmer is the year’s most unforgettable in that category. I’ll have more to say on the MMD, but right now I am reflecting on this extraordinary experience.

    Loved reading through this entire thread, especially the first half where respondents were rightly over the moon on it!!!

  • unlikely hood

    White Corvid – Excellent theory! Certainly I don’t see scientists lining up to confirm how Coop could have gone from floating inside a black hole to back through a wormhole to Saturn’s orbit – in nothing more than a spacesuit.
    I do think there’s a line between “intentional ambiguity” and “narrative copout,” and Nolan is awfully close, if he didn’t in fact step over it. It’s one thing to say “this last part may have been a dream” and something else to say “most viewers will see this as real, but hey, what the heck, it could be a dream”. I can think of examples of both. I would have liked something closer to Inception and that spinning top…

  • Akumax

    Off topic: tonight the best living director is going to receive his Lifetime Achievement Oscar.

  • julian the emperor

    I agree with Unlikelyhood about the limited commercial potential of Interstellar. Yes, it’s Nolan and yes, it’s the event movie of the season, but still, it’s hardly kids’ stuff. It will be interesting to see where it lands BO-wise. With the 73% metacritic rating and all, it really needs a STRONG BO-presence, and the problem is that maybe it’s just not the kind of movie that can take off like that (no pun intended)?
    On paper, ‘Gravity’ didn’t look like a big hit either, but it was a much more condensed story. There is a difference between sitting through 169 as opposed to 89 minutes…
    Oh, and btw, I’m a bit dumbfounded by the overall very positive response to the movie in this thread. Did we see the same movie? I thought a film THIS flawed would have a hard time impressing AD readers…;) No, I know, Nolan is a divider, nothing wrong with that, quite the contrary.

  • Bryce Forestieri

    I thought a film THIS flawed would have a hard time impressing AD readers

    I knowww — has me worried we’re turning into The Dissolve, or even worse, [redacted].

    By the way. No dreams in INTERSTELLAR. And thank God. Everything happens and none of it is “problematic”. God forbid any of that “everything from point X is dream” wankery. This one is actually a good movie that will likely improve with additional viewings, unlike that one y’all’re referencing.

  • *hugs Bryce* Except I needed to know what happened to TARS. I love him.

    Saw it for the second time today. Brought my mom. She understood it even if I had to be the “closed eyes” police. And she’s not science-y although I made her watch “Cosmos”. I did pick up on something that’s pretty huge that I missed. I did not realize the building NASA was in was the space station. I still don’t understand KIP. What happened there? Did he and Mann also have a fight to the death? Clearly Mann didn’t want anyone to know what was in his archives. And I’m still not sure what caused that explosion. That was sad. I liked Romilly. He seemed like someone you could talk to over tea. Didn’t recognize David Gyasi but clearly, I’ve seen him before. I never bought CLOUD ATLAS. I meant to.

    Oh and Casey Affleck. He was the dutiful son. I felt really bad for him. He was of the earth. Both his father and sister were meant to reach the stars he wasn’t. He stayed and had to deal with the horrors of corn eating life and buried his own kid and grandpa. That’s really sad. And he didn’t live to see his dad come back. I bet he took after his mom. 🙁

  • Bryce Forestieri

    *hugs Antoinette*

    Great recollections all around.

  • Akumax

    The last part of the movie was a major disappointment for me. I read it is not the same for a lot of people so maybe I didn’t get something but, really, was the ending well written? In my opinion no, that is what I saw:
    – Cooper is entering the singularity and time becomes a place, a dimension. (fascinating!)
    – Cooper is/was/will be the ghost in (fascinating and strong!) So it is plausible to infer he can communicate with his daughter during every single moment she spent in her room just moving around the hypercube which is a time dimension, right? In fact he helps her “save humanity”, right?
    What happened next, after those (great) premises:
    1 Murph is in front of the blackboard. (again???)
    2 She throws papers in the air. (wtf)
    3 She kisses the guy who suddenly appeared a few scenes before. (wtf time 2)
    4 Cooper wakes up in a bed with a doctor telling him he is 100… something years old (WTF!!!)
    5 Doctor says his daughter saved humanity, people play baseball out of the window – Field of Dreams reference?- and his daughter is coming in cryosleep to meet him. (ok, I can live with that but I’m not overwhelmed by it)
    6 Cooper visits his farm-we saved humanity-museum with the interviews from the beginning of the movie. (boring payoff)
    7 Cooper and Murph meet for 1 minute saying nothing important to each other (in my opinion): “a parent should not see his child die?” (Sally Field in Steel Magnolias popped out of the Imax into my eye)
    8 Cooper standing: I infer he is possibly leaving to travel space again in search of Brand. Travel with what and how, has space exploring changed in this new time for humans? what’s different?
    9 Brand maybe is accomplishing plan B on her own on some other planet. (so?!)
    What is so mind blowing, interesting, new, great, etc… in this ending?? I don’t get it.

  • TARS got the missing information from the black hole. He tells it to Cooper who sends it to Murph via morse code using the watch. She translates the morse code. Uses it (on the blackboard) to figure out the gravity thing they need to know to put the space station in place and keep it there. She’s so happy she kisses her colleague. Cooper is rescued where he was left by the future beings and brought to the hospital in the space station. The old lady from the museum videos turns out to be Murph. She’s near death but froze herself until her dad came back. She’s probably 90-something. He’s going to go in his little ship to try and find a way to Brand. I guess he’ll sleep til Saturn then try to use the same method to get to her so she won’t be alone.

  • Akumax

    Thanks Antoinette, I think I got the passages as you are mentioning them except “the future beings left him somewhere” (?!?) which I think is really a big flaw because we understood a few scenes before that the “the future beings” is Cooper/us and that it was Cooper communicating with Brand during the first travel and was Cooper communicating with his daughter.
    I don’t know, I find this ending lame and off in reference to the premises and the first part of the movie. It ruined the experience for me (with also the Matt Damon part).

  • Radich

    Just got back from the movie theater and I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about it.

    It is a good movie, but it lost me after Damon showed up. Matt Damon is actually a favorite of mine; I always like him in anything. However, this time his contribution felt very forced to me. In reality I liked the action during most of the second act. Visually speaking is a gorgeous movie. But at the same time I was thinking “Seriously?”, and was not believing for a second the twist. By the time we have Coop falling into the rabbit hole and finding himself in another dimension trying to help his daughter, I gave up. For me the emotional was not strong enough to hold on to the science, which might be coming from a sound and respected source, but the moment I needed both the most, I felt unmoved. It didn’t convince me. I will try a second viewing to see if I can find the right point of entry and connect with the movie’s ideas. But, till then, I’m buying WHITE CORVID’s theory, so not to keep the wrong taste in my mouth after this first contact.

    I was not blown away by anybody; although Chastain was solid, McConaughey is another matter altogether for me. I like him, but I always feel as if he plays the same character over and over again because of the way he speaks, and even moves. His accent is definitely required in this one, but he opens his mouth and to me is not the character anymore, I see Matthew McConaughey. It’s probably my problem, but I think I won’t get pass this anytime soon. And I’m always trying with him, believe me. Maybe next time.

    That all being said, again, it’s not a bad movie. And yes, to have Nolan always trying is better than the alternative. Memento is my shit, I love that movie. I like the Batman trilogy, but I love The Dark Knight more. Inception was fun, even with all that exposition. I was actually not expecting much from Interstellar, just to have fun again. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece.

  • White Corvid

    Thx for the 10-57 UNLIKELY.
    To be clear re other posts, I never said Coop was dreaming, simply that his imagination could be involved.
    Also forgot to mention the axis tilt Nolan gives us regarding Coop towards the film’s end. It’s when he wakes up in the space station hospital and looks out the window to see a baseball crash though a house window. Extremely telling scene. Actually goes to the heart of my hypothesis but I’ll let you guys figure it out for yourselves.
    Of interest the Nolan boys were interviewed not long ago and the room Coop finds himself in can be seen as a metaphor for the human repository of knowledge. It’s been pointed out that books are the only true ‘time machines’ we have and that they confer knowledge beyond from those long dead as intimately as if the author was sitting with you having a conversation.
    it seems there are many interpretations of this film and one doesn’t necessarily invalidate another

  • The future beings, if Cooper is right, are future humans, not Cooper himself. Mankind. And if gravity is a place you can travel to, they could have left him anywhere in time, right? lol I mean if they can put him behind a bookcase they can put him right next to a ship no? But that part isn’t answered.

  • Oh wait but they found TARS. Did they say where they found him?

  • White Corvid, I really like you theory too. My own immediate experience watching any movie always verges on a dream state suspension of my normal perceptions, so I have no problem taking that sensation to another plane of reality whenever a literal interpretation becomes too much of a stretch. It’s my go-to resolution for things that don’t seem to fit.

    (I did this with War Horse to resolve that final happy wrap-up ending that most people agree is too neat, tidy and ‘sappy.’ It’s not so sappy if you allow for the possibility that everything that occurs after the mustard-gas attack is a wish or dream or a comatose brain-fry delirium — and Spielberg gives us a perfect transition to wonder about that because the fog of mustard gas literally causes the entire screen to fade to white. The End. And then everything that follows afterward falls into place like a series of perfect dream=state escapes till boy and horse are home safe).

    About that infinite shaft ‘behind’ the bookshelf. When we’re given a space that’s so abstract I think it’s an open invitation to read a variety of overlays onto that abstraction.

    The first thing the glowing backside of the bookcase in the tesseract brought to mind, for me, visually, was the lighted banks of transparent memory modules inside of HAL 9000. Rows and rows of knowledge stacked up on every internal surface (and how are the individual ‘volumes’ of the modules activated/deactivated? by pushing their spines in and out).

    We don’t get to see many titles of the books very clearly. So I think the titles we do see aren’t being shown to us by accident. They all part of the wealth of signifiers in the visual design. The shots of the bookcase don’t give us much time to look. On first viewing I only saw three titles (and I forgot one of them already. Thanks a lot, ganja.) (I think the author was a woman, last name Frost?)

    But I got two quick glimpses of book covers I’m pretty sure about. One was the spine of A. Scott Berg’s biography of Charles Lindberg. Nice touch, thematically. The other book cover I thought I saw makes not a lot of sense so I might be wrong: When Coop is behind the bookcase in the tesseract climax, I might have seen part of the front cover for James Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere. The hardcover edition has distinctive art deco typeface — we only get to look at the edge of it, so really all I saw was

    Not sure, but I think so. That seems like an odd book for Murph to have on her shelf — but I really don’t think we’re meant to believe that Murph picked out and acquired all those books on her own. The title, The Big Nowhere, would certainly be a playful way to describe the vastness of a universe that has intangible boundaries and flexible rules of geometry. (And, like all Ellroy’s novels, The Big Nowhere concerns the investigation into a mystery on the surface that opens up a myriad of deeper mysteries that branch out underneath.)

    Somebody look next time you go to Interstellar and see if you notice the edge of this book in the tesseract climax. It’s a small thing, blink and you miss it. It’s inconsequential (even if I’m right, even if I’m not dreaming it) but it does show the sort of attention to fleeting detail that tickle me when I see it happening. I always like to be reminded that nothing is left to chance in the frame of a movie made by a visual perfectionist.

  • Jeremy09

    This film made Avatar’s script look like the work of Paddy Chayefsky. Gravity, one of Billy Widler’s efforts. A straight-up structural disaster zone that wobbles between tonal registers as far apart as cold science fiction to maudlin melodrama in the space of a single scene. Endless, interminable strands of dialog between characters who seem to lack any character at all(Dr. Brand, so confident and charming in the first hour, spends the last hour and a half a useless crying doll), dialog which never sounds natural except when Matthew McConaughey tries it. There are multiple scenes where Coop and his dad sit on the back porch and the dad describes how he must be feeling, why he’s feeling it, how it relates to the movie.

    I heard talk that Johnathan Nolan originally had a movie, or a script mind you, that was for Spielberg and he eventually passed on. Nolan got his hands on it, and put together a new first and third act. That would go some ways to explain why the film feels like its trying to fit in four or five different sci-fi films in one giant epic. Scenes go on for seemingly endless amount of time, rehashing information the characters already know and sometimes don’t even seem to have much narrative purpose. And despite all this talking, hardly any of the actual characters have room for anything beyond their stock types and underwritten roles. A hard sci-fi trademark, but when they try to go for emotional resonant character drama, the only thing keeping it being totally sunk is Matthew McConaughey. The emotion is found in the acting; the script provides nothing of worth.

    Not just McConaughey, but there’s lot of highly skilled craftspeople involved in this. Hoytoma’s cinematography, Smith’s editing, Zimmer’s best Nolan score, hell the real MVP besides Matt might be Paul Franklin, the visual effects supervisor. He go this own title card, and he earned it. Nolan’s notorious inability to organically stitch shots together rears his head here, the layout and geography of certain key spaces throughout the film aren’t always very clear; he’s anti-Spielbergian in that regard. But Franklin and the effects team, they do the heavy lifting by building spaces that imbue meaning the script doesn’t have. Its an incredibly physical space that’s been constructed here, lot of old school model work and practical effects. Real locations either on location, or built in advance so they could be projected behind the actors for the shoot instead of looking at a green screen. Ships and classic sci-fi robots move and land with a tangible weight seen in only the best kind of films, bluring the line between fact and fiction. The movie cost a lot of money, and the talent is on display.

    But its all in service of one of the worst goddamn scripts I’ve seen in a long time. A tonedeaf hodgepodge of stiff science babble, clunky dialog, thin characters, and no sense of narrative efficiency whatsoever. People say the movie might go over peoples heads and they won’t enjoy; I think just the opposite. Don’t think too hard about how the narrative doesn’t really work. Just let it watch over you as a sensory experience. You’ll probably have a better time.

  • Akumax

    “This film made Avatar’s script look like the work of Paddy Chayefsky. Gravity, one of Billy Widler’s efforts”

    @Jeremy09, best line I read today everywhere

  • LCbaseball22


    Acting – 9.5
    Script – 9
    Editing – 8.5
    Visuals – 9.5
    Sound – 7.5

    Total Score = 88%

    I loved the ambition, the themes, and how Nolan tied everything together in the 3rd act (aside from the paradox) but I thought the film was over-stuffed (was the whole Damon bit necessary?) and quite frankly Han’s score, despite helping to ramp up tension during a few scenes, was headache inducing. Also the sound mix seemed poor at times and difficult to hear, but this may have been intentional. Some of the science got pretty darn “theoretical” but I went with it. Overall I’d say this film is one that I admire more than I enjoyed. It’s not Inception but there’s still a lot of Nolan’s brilliance scattered throughout. 🙂

  • Jeremy09

    I’m still mad how totally wasted Hathaway was on this shit. Spent the last half of the film as a crying puppy dog with zero agency of her own. Nolan women characters, I tell ya.

  • LCbaseball22


  • LCbaseball22

    So unless i missed something, how did earth (I presume it was earth because everything looked the same just with manipulated physics like Paris in Inception) get moved near Saturn and the blackhole? That was a result of figuring out how to overcome gravity? They somehow propelled earth into orbit and were drawn in by the gravitational force of the blackhole?

  • Monica

    “Spent the last half of the film as a crying puppy dog”
    So true, Jeremy09
    The film is disappointing. It is visually beautiful. Great visual effects, cinematography, soundtrack, but the script … NO.

  • Monica

    LCBASEBALL22, It was a space station, as in Elysium.

  • Akumax

    Strange, this weekend a masterpiece came out in cinema and here nobody speaks about it… it is not Interstellar of course: Big Hero 6! The next best animation oscar winner. Two of the best films of the year are again two animation works: The Tale of Princess Kaguya and this new Disney Classic!

  • Danny

    “So unless i missed something, how did earth (I presume it was earth because everything looked the same just with manipulated physics like Paris in Inception) get moved near Saturn and the blackhole? That was a result of figuring out how to overcome gravity? ”

    Huh? We don’t see Earth at the end. We see the space station (the NASA building from earlier in the film) floating in Saturn’s orbit having successfully left earth due to Plan A.

    I hate to poke holes in people’s imaginative “he was dead at the end” theories… but you gotta think that the last thing Coop WOULD see in such an event would be his children, as mentioned in the movie. Thus, he probably would have ended with Ellen Burstyn, no? Not travelling to another star system to be with Brand and create a new colony.

    ““This film made Avatar’s script look like the work of Paddy Chayefsky. Gravity, one of Billy Widler’s efforts”
    @Jeremy09, best line I read today everywhere

    That IS a good line…almost as good as mine from last week on this very site!
    “LCBaseball22, I consider Avatar an absolute joke on a screenplay level. Gravity looks like Chinatown next to it. And Interstellar looks like Network.”

  • LCbaseball22

    Does anyone else hate time travel paradoxes?

  • Bryce Forestieri

    So unless i missed something, how did earth (I presume it was earth because everything looked the same just with manipulated physics like Paris in Inception)

    Wasn’t earth. It was Space Station Cooper (or something to that effect)

  • John

    Kinda frustrating. I was dazzled as often as I was confounded (the entire bookshelf thing … I get it … I just kinda hate it). Too long, too science-blabby. Worst of all, for all the crying and sentiment, I myself wasnt moved to tears. If I was moved to tears, I would have forgiven its weaknesses more. Or maybe theyre my weaknesses. I simply didnt get portions of it :/

    Having said alllllll of that, I still think it has its bigtime merits and, a Nolan misfire is still better than most crap. The movie is worth seeing. I did not see it in IMAX because of the sound issues. I was bowled over by the ambition, the scope, the wormhole sequences, Millers planet, the Ice Planet (though the Damon character irked). So much impressive stuff. I even dug Zimmers score.

    The performances were very good. Absolutely my favorite McConaughey performance. Most moved by him. Hathaway was solid. Chastain … Ugh … So good, but in suchhhhh an underused/written role. She had to make some magic out of virtually nothing.

    The positives do outweigh the negatives, for me. Big highs, exasperating lows. Im sure i will get more out of it in subsequent viewings. But, I do feel a tad disappointed by what I experienced DURING the movie. Most movies shouldnt have to rely upon multiple viewings for audiences to get optimal understanding and enjoyment.

    3/4 stars if pressed for an overall number 🙂

  • “BUT there is no way to forgive that terrible dialogue and bad acting. Nothing can make up for it.”

    I wonder if we watched the same movie. INTERSTELLAR was anything but in both categories, but then again as most here have understood it strove for something else.

  • 5/5 Perhaps the best film of the year. Very very close with BOYHOOD for me.

  • Chris138

    This is the most conflicted I’ve ever been on a Nolan film. I loved a lot about it, and was quite reserved about other parts. It’s probably his strangest and most confounding film to date. The highs are extremely high, but the lows are also rather low. I honestly don’t even know what I would rate this. For what it’s worth, I haven’t stopped thinking about since the credits began rolling, so I guess that’s something.

    And as for the script, structurally it’s all over the place but I didn’t find the dialogue to be on the level of James Cameron the way its most ardent critics have said. In fact, I found the dialogue in “Inception” to be more eye-rolling than most of what was included here.

  • Steven Kane

    I’ll just say after my first viewing I absolutely loved it. My view may change but in this moment I loved it. I know somebody said, “This makes Gravity’s visual effects look like childs play” or something like that. I can’t really get on board with that statement because Gravity used mostly CGI. Interstellar used a lot of practical effects when it comes to the spaceships. Gravity’s effects were and still are state of the art. But in terms of how things would look in real life, I’d take Interstellar’s effects and it brings me to my next point…

    The cinematography was off the wall good. The ship’s colors and the lighting looked muted compared to Gravity, which I feel is a better way of comparing the looks of both films. The detail of the ship does not look as sharp and detailed and actually looks slightly blown, contrast-wise. It looks more grainy, more aged and it reminded me of one of my favorite movies, For All Mankind. We didn’t get tricky shots of the shuttle. No sweeping 360 degree twirly whirly zip zap zangadoobop shots of Bullock and Clooney cartwheeling over the shuttle. We got “camera’s eye” shots of the side, front and back of the shuttle as if engineers placed those cameras onto the sides. We also got more long shots of the shuttle moving away from us as if the ISS was capturing it from Earth’s orbit. Other than maybe the camera following the Endurance going through the wormhole, we get what would almost be practical shots of a ship in space. Also, Zimmer’s score is amazing and evoked that same feeling I got watching For All Mankind.

  • Philipp

    I liked it a lot, more than I thought I would. The performances are probably not the strongest part of the movie, sometimes it was overacted and too emotional. People don’t cry all the time when they are sad. But all in all a great movie experience. And I want to single out the score, absolutley overwhelming.

  • Jeremy C.

    I’m disappointed and underwhelmed. Perhaps I let the hype affect me. Although I walked in spoiler free, I found the “twists” easily predictable, particularly the identity of the “ghost” and the intentions of Dr. Mann. I agree with many of the criticisms here: in particular about the disjointed editing and the perfunctory and inadequate emotional payoff. I liked Gravity much better.

  • Vily

    My initial reaction after watching this brilliant movie was that it is the Best Picture of the Year. At least out of the movies that I have seen. I thought that it was much more ambitious than Gravity and much more thought provoking than Gone Girl. My brain was about to explode after watching. That’s how much I enjoyed it was drawn in the experience.

    The movie isn’t perfect. But a wise man once said: “Someone’s failures TOWER over other one’s Successes!” Just remember that!!!

    This movie will go down as one of the greatest SCI-Fi movies of all-time. I think the Academy needs to move forward and embrace such brave and thought-provoking films such as this. What is our purpose? What is our place in the universe? These are some deep deep questions and this movie goes far and beyond in at least trying to answer of them.

    Interstellar is beyond our time. It’s a movie ahead of its time. Simply amazing – and much better than Inception in my humble opinion.

  • Resh

    ‘They’ in the movie make a tesseract that can timeline events of the past and present of the human race. Now why can’t they themselves move the strings of gravity and convey the message? Why do they need another human to do that? This is because they cannot barge into the past and present of any human they can only view. Since ‘they’ are an element of the future they simply cannot manifest or contact the past and present of any human. So they make Cooper contact his daughter because the memories are between Murphy and Cooper. Cooper ending near Saturn is not their doing (‘their=they’) this was carried out by humans as we see in the movie. But the future race happens to find him floating in space and use him to send the message into the past and present of the human race.

    Don’t know if I am making sense…. :/

  • Matthew

    I’ve seen it 5 times. I’ve never said this phrase, “you have to go see a movie,” to anyone ever. I’ve probably recruited (at least20) people to see the film and it blows me away at the emotion it evoked in me. It’s a movie, it’s not real, and in the past I check my emotions at the door but now I’m a father and I immediately connected with the little girl and what she was about to go through losing a father in order to save humanity. THE ACTING over those emotions was incredible and the musical score was the best in the history of film. At each emotional moment I lost it, never have cried at a movie before and I tried to hold back and could not! Here’s where I cried, like a little baby: 1) when Murph busts out the door right before blasting off. 2) Dr Brand says decades have past when on Miller’s planet. 3) Constantly during 23 years of messages from home (Cooper’s reaction floored me). I literally sobbed here. 4) when 35 year old, hottest Murph could ever be IMO asks if her dad left her to die. Okay, at this point I’m primed and a cat purring would probably have led me to tears but now the action scenes would take their toll on me, stupid scenes like 5)Cooper gets his transmitter back and Brand is on her way to save him. Which led to the most intense nail-biting scene ever. 6)INITIATE SPIN: during No Caution when he says initiate spin and TARS is docking the SHIP, SHIT I LOST IT THERE!!!! And I fist-pumped, I can’t even explain this intense emotion going through me. 7)OMG, not again, during Detach when Cooper unknowingly detaches to Gargantua and Brand’s character senses he is her only connection to humanity, CRYING ALL OVER THE FLOOR. My eyes are bloodshot, I can’t contain myself, and yes I probably appear to be pregnant and I’m a male. 8) of course in the Tesseract when she discovers it’s her father……..It continued when TARS (my favorite character) transmitted again and Cooper asks, “say that again…..we brought ourselves here don’t you see it TARS…..” yeah that’s the 9th time but it’s continued crying since the previous scene……9)the moment before he starts transmitting the quantum data into the watch, the music floors my soul into an oblivion mess of crying……..yeah, no movie has made me ever cry and I’m at 9 with long stints……..when the tire iron came out I probably hit people sitting next to me with tears. Now I’m scared to cry again because, damnit I’m tough, literally I’m physically a beast. 10)reunites with Murph, she’s 87 years old, and I’m a mess, then she says the unbelievable……”Brand.” Meaning go to Brand and start loving her and help her build the planet for humans……my soul, my view of humanity, my heart, my eyes, my brain, my body quivered like someone being revived from cardiac arrest and of course I’m crying, Are you kidding me, that’s how this movie is going to end. So happy, so elated, so HANS ZIMMER music adding to my delight of cry!!!!! Maybe it’s been awhile since I cried, never did so many things in a movie do something like this. Maybe I’m living my life wrong. *****************these aren’t all actual crying moments, but every single instance I would have easily shed tears if it weren’t for people I know surrounding me. I did have to wipe my eyes a lot, so did my dad.

  • Matthew

    Uh, I’m reading some comments here. And all of the are complete falsehoods. No way you could have figured out the plot points at all if spoiler free. You have no idea if Aliens are in it, you don’t know who DR Mann is, everyone saying that is lying. You just don’t like feelings

  • TARS is my favorite character too. 😀

  • what the hell is going on here with this frivolous talk of movies as something fun and heartfelt. don’t you know it’s golden globes week.

    wipe that wonderment off your face

  • LCbaseball22

    Yeah, Interstellar is easily the most heartfelt emotional film of the year. I know it’s sci-fi but I still can’t see how the Academy could resist this “heartlight” movie…

  • I didn’t know people were still commenting on this thread. I’m always surprised when I come here. 🙂
    Add that to the list of why Awards Daily is so great.

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