Just came back from Interstellar...some initial fresh thoughts:
- The film is ultimately about hope.
- My (initial) interpretation of the film's message is that of looking to humanity, humans, rather than machines to be the future, to create the future, or to sustain the future.
My favorite two scenes in the film:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Tidal wave scene, end scene with Murphy – “Dad’s coming back he’s going to save us”
- Anne Hathaway was a major misfire. Miscast, more so simply not good. I didn't enjoy her on screen and I haven't said that about any performance I've seen her in. Perhaps it's because she has been away for some time but she really didn't fit the part to me, her performance was ugly.
- This was another immediate thought during and directly after the credits rolled: Beautiful score, best ever in a Nolan film in my eyes (and ears.)
- While most people won’t understand a lot of the verbiage, about physics and Science and gravity, the overall message comes across and the actions do make up for a possible convoluted and ambitious plot. Now, calling the plot convoluted and the script far too intellectual for 99.99% of the planet to accurately comprehend (myself included) doesn't mean it's a bad film. It's just overly ambitious on many fronts but that's typical with a Nolan film.
- Yes this film on the surface is more confusing than Inception
- No we should not compare it at all to last year's Gravity
- As a film, it's a big, bold, beautiful one. The scenes on different planets, in orbit etc are flawless, you really feel like you're off this planet and watching another one. Was it too long, yes. Nolan and his brother obviously went for it with the script, meaning they did their research, spent countless hours with scientists and physicists to get this to sound and feel as realistic as possible. Was that the right way to go for a film like this, yes and no. You're sacrificing the connection with the audience for a sense of authenticity. That's something I think many directors, and studios for that matter would not want or allow.
- Matthew McCounaughey is excellent, so was Jessica Chastain. Both really carried the film.
More to come as I think about the film...