Sound Off: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
November 6, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "We must confront the reality of interstellar travel." It's time for launch. Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated space exploration movie Interstellar has arrived in theaters, opening Tuesday night in 70mm IMAX & 70mm/35mm film cinemas, before going wide this weekend everywhere else. Matthew McConaughey stars as Cooper, who commands a mission through a wormhole near Saturn that takes them to another galaxy. The rest of the crew includes Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley and David Gyasi, along with robots TARS and CASE. So how is it? Does it live up to very high expectations? Nolan's best yet? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Interstellar.
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To fuel the rockets for launch, of course I loved Interstellar. I've seen it three times in 70mm IMAX and it's just as spectacular to see on repeat viewings as it is to experience the first time. It starts to fit together more and more as I see the pieces he put in, and how it all plays together (this will make more sense once you've seen it). Interstellar is a big, bold, incredibly ambitious, visually astonishing spectacle of science fiction. Nolan went for it and really, really tried to deliver - and he did when it comes to inspiring us to dream big, and hitting hard with the emotion of love, and what place humans have in the grand scheme of things. It's best to see this in IMAX where the sound and screen turn this into an unforgettable cinematic experience.
In all honesty, I don't think Interstellar is perfect, there are some odd choices and minor flaws in the script. I can look past most of them, but the overall feel of everything put together just didn't leave me in awe the way The Dark Knight did. But I'd rather not compare Nolan's movies because Interstellar is an ambitious creation of its own, and should be admired for the way it emboldens realistic space exploration. Not only is it great that Nolan shot everything practical, using miniatures and giant set pieces, but the way it accurately shows space and what can/would happen (with the orbiter in the second half), and what it's really like to explore other galaxies, even beyond. He went all the way out and back, and it was exhilarating to experience.
The last few notes: David Gyasi as "Romilly" the astrophysicist is one of my favorite characters, especially what he goes through. I enjoy his performance the most, but McConaughey and Hathaway are both stellar. The two robots, voiced by Bill Irwin (TARS) and Josh Stewart (CASE), are two of the best parts of the film and integral to understanding the big picture. Overall, I like the ideas more than the script, but it's still gorgeous and inspiring and breathtaking to behold. Read my entire review of Interstellar here. Dream big.
What did you think of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar? Ambitious sci-fi, or boring disaster?
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