I had hoped, walking in on Interstellar, that Christopher Nolan would be able to deliver. What with missing his usual partner in crime Cinematographer Wally Pfister, and having a space movie follow up "Gravity" directly a year after, however he walked right into the trap that so many space movies seem to do these days...which is take on all scientific scenarios as possible, and with a focus on showing how visually amazing space is, we get in the way of what movies are actually about...which is story-telling.
Now don't get me wrong, I did like this film, but I can see the flaws of it, and I'm not just willing to ignore them just because it's Nolan.
The film starts off superb, with very typical Nolan lines, which I am sure the world will quote forever, but as soon as the film delves into science, we have the problem of when we are going to stop, and draw the line.
Reading about this film I understand that Nolan actually had cut a lot of scientific concepts of the film already, but still we are stuck with a 2.8 hour-long intense filled film, which slows down the plot midway.
The picture strives to be thought-provoking, but also a visual treat, it seems to invite emotional substance with a Steven Spielberg-esque style. And this was it's major fault.
I felt overloaded from the film, and because of it's length it was not able to reach the potential of the concepts it had shown us. And I'm not just talking wormhole traveling, but much rather the father-daughter relationship throughout the film, the brother-sister relationship. These situations beckon us to feel emotion, but they are glimpsed over for the way of science.
Think about it
Cooper, saw his own daughter who was older than him, in a dying state. Wouldn't this invite more substance then just two minutes of on screen action? Anne Hathaway, saw her own dad betray her and die, having a life's work go to waste in an instance.
We deal with mankind in a foreign place, completely alone. We never hear Matt Damon's full logic of madness, we are just expected to label him as a bad guy, when really, we should be asking ourselves... wouldn't we do the same?
I wanted this film to use space as a vessel of portraying human reactions.
I may be wrong in wanting that, but it provides for a better story-line, which in turns invites a better telling of the story, which leads to a better film. What we were given is just cheap beauty which will not be able to stand the test of time.
People say that the film is thought-provoking, but I just felt a bit drained by the end of it. Time was spent on the wrong parts of the film.
That being said, those good raw emotional parts, the ones that connect to the audience, no matter how fleeting in comparison to the space visuals, were done extremely well, and because of that I applaud this film...even if it is resentfully.