The best thing about [Interstellar](movie:813746), in my opinion, was Michael Caine. So why aren't more people talking about his performance?
Even if you haven't seen the movie, it's worth listening to him recite selected lines from Dylan Thomas' poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," which may be found in at least one of the trailers. I've included one below.
He's magnificent, isn't he? What a professional. And he elevated this film significantly, though it needed all he could muster.
I'm thinking an Oscar nod wouldn't be out of the question. But are Academy voters doing the same?
We mustn't forget that Caine's range is splendid; he doesn't just specialize in playing old fogeys. From his work as nearsighted spy in The Ipcress File to his rollicking, ultimately sad performance in The Man Who Would Be King, M.C. has shown himself to be an expert actor who can transcend and even dominate a picture. Yet I don't think his talents are noted enough.
Perhaps his work in Interstellar will open more viewers' eyes to his breadth of work. I hope that will be the case.