I think I was expecting much more from the Christopher Nolan-directed Interstellar.
After all, he is one of the best directors around, who has brought us modern classics with the incredible Dark Knight Trilogy, and the mind-bending Inception. The guy knows how to make a cool movie.
And after consuming all the hours of Interstellar, somehow I felt like I was watching an amped-up remake of another Matthew McConaughey space movie, Contact.
Interstellar is not a bad movie. Not at all. But with high expectations comes a certain pickiness. There are some really cool things in this film, such as the blight on the world that is happening, as the world is becoming a modern Dust Bowl, forcing mankind to start looking for a new home. In order to do this, a NASA scientist needs to send some people through a wormhole, so that they can research three possible planets that could become a new home for man. There are some issues, of course, such as the people that had already been sent there never to return, and some problems with gravity, black holes, and the idea itself of going into the great unknown of a wormhole in the first place.
And here is where I thought Interstellar went off the rails a little bit: it had so many good ideas, that they often felt like they were rushed into one film. This could have been a couple of movies, or even another trilogy. This way, they could have slowed down some parts to explain what the hell is happening a little bit better. Nolan has created a very complex plot, and even though the film is ploddingly long at points, some of the major events feel very rushed. For example, at the beginning, we have a farmer with some smart kids, and then all of a sudden he is at NASA and flying away to a wormhole with no further space training. Okay. Or there is a complex plot involving the actual basis for their mission, and how much the astronauts actually know about what they are trying to do out there, but somehow it felt underdeveloped.
Or maybe it’s just me.
The end of the film, is, as expected, pretty mind blowing. It is cool in a Nolan kind of way, forcing us to think about things in a different way, to alter our notions of time and space. It is heavy stuff, but incredibly interesting. Again, I think there could have been more, to help blow our minds even further. The idea of other dimensions, and the combination of the 3rd and 5th dimensions is not easy for us to grasp, so I could have used more of it.
The cast here is strong, as it is with every Nolan-directed film. The guy knows how to recruit some actors. There are even some huge names in smaller roles, such as Matt Damon suddenly showing up in the film’s second hour.
And naturally, it is quite stunning to look at. The scenery alone is something to behold, and Nolan cuts no corners in making his films look top-notch. He does another great job here.
I guess my main issue with the film is that it was both too long and not long enough. I think Nolan needed to make a choice to either continue to go all out, and make it even more complex and detailed, with either another hour or another film completely, or he had to chop it off, cut it down by an hour, and perhaps scrap some of the extra ideas that kept arising in his script. I liked Interstellar, even if I wanted to like it a whole lot more.
This is one of those movies I feel like I will have to watch again in the future, just to ensure that I understood enough of it the first time around. It is worth that, and based on the other overwhelmingly positive reviews and the sheer epic nature of the film, I know that I am missing something here on my first go round. Interstellar, and Christopher Nolan, deserve another viewing of this film by me, to gauge my truer opinion.