Don't you just hate spoilers? I do, too. That's why I always try to include warnings. However, I sometimes ramble a bit too much here or there and maybe a few (or many) key plot points slip without me giving proper notice. So I'd like to include a blanket spoiler warning for the weary internet travelers of the world: Here There Be Spoilers. You've been warned.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


I think Christopher Nolan is a fucking genius. In my opinion he is the only director of the modern day to come close to touching the greatness of the shadow of Kubrick. I've been a fan of his since Insomnia, but I think we all know that was a bit too safe of a movie to follow Memento. Nolan's true filmmaking strengths lies in creating the strange and the visually stunning and he does so in Inception and even in his Batman films.

However, I would argue that Interstellar is by far his most visually stunning and Kubrickian movie. You cannot watch this film without comparing it to 2001: A Space Odyssey. I mean that in a mostly good way, too. Granted, this movie is not quite as far out or good as Kubrick's space opus, but it is still pretty fucking far out and good.

I regret the fact that I never got to see it in theaters. Or in 3D. Normally, I don't give a shit about 3D, but there are certain scenes in this movie that just beg to be seen in another dimension. If you've seen the scenes with the wormhole and the black hole then you already know what I am talking about.

Of course, this movie is not perfect and it is not quite as good as what Kubrick might have made. Some plot lines don't make sense or are just plain dumb. Let's start with just how Matthew McConaughey's character Cooper stumbled into being an astronaut after being a misfit farmer for most of his life. NASA's secret HQ was practically next door to him and that is cool, but if Cooper was such a hotshot pilot... wouldn't NASA have come to him instead? You'd think, but it took an act of the supernatural to lead Cooper to the NASA base. Strange.

Some of the scenery on earth is also bland. Even more bland than Anne Hathaway's performance. 

And then there is the ending to consider...

But then this film gets so crazy magnificent at times that it is hard to consider this film anything other than a wondrous experience that can only be described by watching it.

I love this movie, but I am on the fence over how high to rank it. At it's worst it is a 7.5. At it's best it is a 9. So I think an 8.25 should be sufficient of a grade.

Of course, I am a big fan of films that take on the vastness of space without relying on Star Wars as crutch or a starting point. So you may feel free to color me biased. I really love shit about outer space.

Matthew McConaughey was also awesome in this movie. I never used to appreciate his acting skills because most of the movies he starred in were dumb. I knew he was a good actor because he was great in A Time to Kill, but there was a long time where he was in a lot of rubbish.

But he's been in a lot of interesting movies lately where you can actually appreciate his presence without automatically thinking of his (totally awesome) quote from Dazed and Confused.

Anyway, it's a damn fine flick and one I am glad I finally got out of my "to watch" list.

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