Interstellar is an incredibly divisive film, with it’s events taking many by surprise, pleasing some and enraging others. Critics have turned on Christopher Nolan a little, he isn’t the untouchable god he once was. So what did i think?
I couldn’t wait for this movie, it was directed by my favourite director, had an amazing cast and the trailers so far had nearly had me in tears. I was actively counting down the days until i saw this film in 15/70 IMAX at Melbourne Museum.
After the three hours were over and i had experienced Interstellar for the first time, i didn’t know what to think. In some ways i really liked it, it had moments of epic scale and a great score and the big twist ending i never saw coming. But i started to believe the unbelievable: i was disappointed with this movie. I thought they rushed some parts, the editing felt off in some ways and i wasn’t blown away as i’d hoped to be. I went home that night feeling honestly a little flat. How could this be? I’d loved and adored basically all of Nolan’s movies before this, so how could this be different?
But a strange thing happened, the more i thought about the movie and the more time that passed since i saw it, it began to grow on me. It started to dawn on me that it was a very different kind of Christopher Nolan movie than we’re used to. It’s raw, earnest and has a slower quality to it. When i saw the movie in regular digital a second time, the initial flaws i found with the movie melted away and i began to really appreciate what was on screen.
McConaughey is sublime, one of his most real and heartbreaking performances, there are moments of epic nature that are jaw dropping and the score is soaring. Although these positives i noted on the first viewing. On the second and now third viewings, i’m beginning to appreciate the more quiet moments, the wonder and silence of space, the intimate father and daughter relationships and the deep melancholy the movie makes you feel, and still seem to like it. At first i was irked and confused with Matt Damon’s character, but on subsequent viewings you can really see the pain the character was in, and the madness he portrayed. I also began to love the ending, and how it’s ambiguous. Debating this movie with friends and family is a joyous experience and i love it’s divisive nature.
I admit it’s not perfect, and i was let down perhaps with Hathaway’s performance in particular, but i can now see this is Christopher Nolan’s beautiful, moving, heartwrenching and awe-inspiring love letter to his daughter that i think will be treasured and debated for years to come.
What were your thoughts on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar?