****SPOILER-FREE REVIEW (but slightly bitchy…)****
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Running time: 169 minutes
Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
I’ve avoided reading the many reviews of Interstellar here on WordPress because I really didn’t want to know a single thing beforehand. As there are so many (much better) reviews out there, I’ll keep this super short and instead go & read all your reviews when I get a chance. Besides – the more I talk about Interstellar, the more annoyed you’ll probably all get with me. So I’ll just say this: I was underwhelmed. I was bored at times. And, by the end, it kind of just left me feeling empty (well, except for my bladder).
Okay – I’ll say a little more because I’m sure you all want to hear me once again complain about a movie. Right?! 😉 Most who actually read my reviews know by now that I’m of the 70’s & 80’s generation and the majority of my favorite movies are from those two decades. I like plenty of current movies (you can see a ranked list of everything I’ve watched in 2014 HERE and see that I’ve given several movies a rating of 8 or higher). So this isn’t just age talking. No, wait… It IS age talking. I’ve been around a long time now and I’ve seen a lot of truly excellent films. Christopher Nolan is a very good director. I realize that he’s sort of like the “Steven Spielberg” for a generation below mine. For me, though, he’s only made one film so far that I’ve truly loved and it’s not The Dark Knight and certainly not Inception (it’s The Prestige). Other than that one, I wouldn’t watch his films over and over again like the way I have with plenty of Spielberg’s films. I think he’s done a great job with the movies he’s directed but, unfortunately, I think maybe Interstellar was a little too ambitious and comes up very short when compared to sci-fi classics.
Science fiction! It’s something my little brain never fully understands (WTF is a wormhole anyway?) but I absolutely LOVE the genre above all others when it comes to entertainment so I was of course not going to miss this epic space movie. However, I’m also going to be far more picky than some. We have some TRULY classic sci-fi films and I wanted this to be another one. Maybe my expectations were just too high? However, I really had no issues with Gravity. I even ended up thinking Edge Of Tomorrow was far better than I’d ever expected it to be. I think, more than anything, the “human drama” element to Interstellar didn’t fully work. There were definitely some good performances but, overall, it all felt a little shallow and I never really connected with anyone. The “space stuff” (sorry – I hope I don’t lose anyone with my big technical terms!) was fine although, again, I had even less of a connection with the humans in space than I did with those on Earth. It all looked pretty but I wouldn’t say it’s the most visually stunning film I’ve ever seen. The first half of the film dragged and I just wanted them to get the hell up into space. But then even that didn’t live up to my expectations.
You know what? I’m going nowhere with this review & these days I get maybe 20 minutes to write them. Plus I said I’d keep it short but as always I just blabbed & blabbed! I’m sorry I’ve not been able to put it into better words but, hey – I was just a little disappointed. That’s all. I like what I like and I’m always completely honest here. Hopefully some of my regulars will know I’ve written enough extremely positive reviews of movies I’ve loved to know that I’m not just trying to be difficult as I know some get a little over sensitive about opinions. The Prestige?? I love it. That’s a 9/10 for me. Interstellar is okay. I know Nolan-worshippers won’t have a bad thing to say about it and I do still recommend it to his fans and, well – to everyone, really. It IS worth a watch on a big screen. It just didn’t quite work for me personally and I’d now rather re-watch a sci-fi classic or something like The Right Stuff, which is one I’ve been meaning to watch for years. Ultimately, Interstellar tries too hard to be Spielberg with the human drama and Kubrick with the rest but never comes close to achieving the greatness those two directors have when they’ve been at their best. I think more focus on either one or the other would have actually made this a better film overall but instead both elements kind of fail.
My Rating: 6.5/10
***Not that anyone is still reading this now that I’ve given a Christopher Nolan film less than an 8 but these are some great sci-fi films & I’d highly recommend them to fans of the genre (the extremely obvious as well as some that are less so). I’d be happy if at least one person gave one of these movies a shot after watching Interstellar (or, better yet, before!). 🙂 And I’d happily take some recommendations as well as there are still plenty I haven’t seen, such as The Right Stuff & the original Solaris or most things from before the 70’s:
In no particular order:
2001: A Space Odyssey
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Star Wars (original trilogy)
Alien & Aliens
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Planet Of The Apes
Back To The Future
The Last Starfighter
Blade Runner (I’ve just lost Brian!)
The Terminator 1 & 2
Death Race 2000
D.A.R.Y.L. (I’ve just lost the rest of you!)
HARDWARE (I had to include it) 😉
The Man Who Fell To Earth (Because… David Bowie!)
That took ages. I’ll stop there although I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch. A few of these movies are definitely not as good as Interstellar. However, I enjoyed them all more…
Excellent review, I bet there aren’t load of better ones, to be honest you had me at “but slightly bitchy…” 🙂 🙂
The Prestige is my favourite Nolan movie too! And quite frankly I’m not part of the ‘he’s incredible’ fan group. I’m glad you didn’t give him 8/10 mwahahaha! I never forgot the ludicrous reaction to The Dark Knight and I’m sorry but it WAS ludicrous. So many people declared it – being totally serious – as the best film they’d ever seen. I’m sorry but no.
But what you said about him being the Spielberg of this generation was clever, I never thought of it like that.
I guess it’s hard imagining anything beating the stuff we grew up with! I like your list 🙂
Thanks, Emma!!! Yay – a couple people have pretty much agreed with me so far! Woohoo! 😉 Yeah… The Dark Knight is good but FAR from the best movie EVER! I know that Heath Ledger is 100% the reason I like that film. If that performance hadn’t been so good, I definitely wouldn’t like the movie as much. The Prestige, however, is brilliant. I’ll never understand why that doesn’t get more attention! I think it’s far superior to Inception. Yeah – I don’t think any of Nolan’s films match up to Spielberg’s best but know his movies seem to mean as much to this generation as Spielberg’s did to mine. And yours?? I’m confused… You look about 20! 🙂 lol
Lol thank you so much! I’m also delighted IF I get asked for ID when buying booze but it doesn’t happen much anymore. I’ll be 29 next month 🙂
I remember the first time I watched The Prestige and it blew me away, I thought it was such a clever story!
I’m just not part of the ‘Christopher Nolan is God’ fan group 🙂 I’d still like to watch Interstellar definitely though, but won’t rush at the mo!
I haven’t seen Interstellar but even the trailer left me a bit meh. Gravity was better than I expected. I’m not a huge sci fi fan but i do like quite a few of the films anyway. I really like the new Star Trek reboots (and liked most of the older Trek movies as well). Alien is amazing as is Blade Runner which might be my favourite sci fi movie of all time. Also, I adore Fifth Element as a really good romp! It’s ludicrous but so much fun! I did think the Dark Knight was excellent mainly due to Heath Ledger. Most of the comic hero movies also leave me a bit meh other than Iron Man which I love because it’s Robert Downey Jr. and I liked the Avengers, probably because he was in it as well. Oh and Guardians of the Galaxy was kinda fun. I think i’ll pass on Interstellar as your review pretty much nails what I thought it was going to be like.
Thanks for the comment! 🙂 Looks like I’m not QUITE as alone in my feelings for this as I thought I would be… (well, most people still think I’m nuts. Lol). I credit Heath Ledger for my liking of The Dark Knight – he’s SO fantastic in that (his performance is better than the movie itself). I actually really loved Guardians of the Galaxy! I’ve been fine with most the superhero movies these days but it’s getting to be too much and the sequels are sometimes very weak. Interstellar is not exactly bad or anything – it’s just no Blade Runner or Alien! 🙂 Not even close…..
LOL! Well, I had a laugh! Everyone sees things differently. I believe Nolan walks on water and can do no wrong, but that’s just me. I enjoyed this, though there ARE flaws. At the end of the day though it’s an awesome journey to go through, and some of those space visuals were just stunning. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it more!
Hehe. I only have a few minutes to check my blog now during lunch but I’m glad WordPress didn’t implode or something with my less than glowing review of a Nolan film. 😉 I can see why people like his movies but, for me, they’re just not favorites. Hopefully I wasn’t too bitchy! I was trying to not be bitchy. 🙂 Can’t wait to read your review (and the hundreds of others!) now. Hopefully tonight!
🙂 Welcome in for a few moments then! Nah, everyone is entitled to an opinion, and they also don’t need to be attacked for it. I just think Nolan is one of the most consistent and ambitious directors out there, and I have loved all his work. But I can see it isn’t for everyone. Not too bitchy, just said you don’t like it 😛
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You know you always agree with me!!! Except when you don’t.
While that’s undoubtedly a solid list of sci-fi flicks and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I must disagree…your opinion is invalid ;). I’m a Nolan fanboy and I adored this picture, excellent review though :).
Lol. Thanks for the comment! I’m glad I’ve not pissed off as many fanboys as I thought I would… 😉 Nolan is a good director but he’s just not yet someone who’d make a list of my favorites. Maybe someday if he makes several more movies that are as good as The Prestige. 🙂
Nice write up. Still on the fence about seeing this one though. I suppose when it gets to blu ray I will. Good post!
Thanks! What… Are you not one of these crazy Nolan fanboys?? Lol. 🙂 I guess it depends on if you’d want to see something like this on a big screen or not. If you go in not expecting it to be the next 2001, you might not be as disappointed as I was. 🙂
I am not a Nolan fanboy in any regard Lol 😀 I do enjoy his films and imo he is a pretty decent director with an impressive filmography but I don’t hold him in the highest regard like many others.
And from the lukewarm reviews I have read on Interstellar, I have pretty significantly lowered my expectations so I may actually enjoy it on some level.
Good review T9M glad that you were honest and hey everyone here is entitled to their own opinion. I am a Nolan fan and I am excited to see it, but good to know. Part of me is slightly scared that you wrote this because I usually agree with you! Uh oh!
Thanks, Melissa. 🙂 Umm… Uh oh! Yeah, we do agree quite often. I struggled with this review, though, as I know this isn’t actually a BAD movie. It was kind of hard to put into words why it didn’t work for me. I hope you like it more than I did. 🙂
Now I really want to see it because I am curious about what it is that didn’t work. And seriously I trust your opinion so this could end bad. haha
Great review! And I agree entirely with everything you said (No – you’re not alone!). I went in expecting this to be good and came out feeling exactly as I did coming out of Elysium last year – irritated and annoyed. I’m no Nolan fanboy either – although The Prestige is a definite masterpiece. 🙂
Oh, hi! Thank you!!! 🙂 I was worried when I saw you’d commented as I know you’re a big sci-fi guy. You don’t know how happy I am to hear that you agree with me! 😉 And it’s funny to see from the comments that a lot of others agree as well (although we all seem to like The Prestige). It’s interesting – I do find that anyone under 30 for the most part seems to worship Nolan. I really wanted to see Elysium but still haven’t after the bad reviews…
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I always respect a blogger giving their honest opinion. 🙂 I really enjoyed this one. The reactions have been more mixed on “Interstellar” than some of Nolan’s other films, I’ve noticed. I always enjoy reading your thoughts on other films!
Thanks! 🙂 I was a little scared to as I know how much people love Nolan. I know this film is quite good in many ways – I’m just pretty picky when it comes to sci-fi as I love it so much and there are SO many good ones. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. Nothing beats Star Wars, though – Right? 😉
Yep, nothing beats classic Star Wars! 🙂
There’s a lot of thick comments on this one. I didn’t peruse them like I normally do because it’s dark outside and my old eyes are shit. I want to go see this this weekend – the weather is supposed to be shit so that MIGHT be a good time to barricade up in a movie theater. I didn’t read your comments but I saw some tweets recently and – I really like this guy’s shit. I think every movie he’s made is really good – but there’s always just a PINCH of something off. Like – too much violin thrumming in the score, or too much Pacino, or too much fake spit in the cup but – I think this guy’s a winner and makes winning movies.
I’m in but the three hours sounds shit.
1. Have you seen this yet? 🙂
2. Too much Al Pacino?! Lol. Wasn’t he only in one Nolan film? More like too damn much Christian Bale!
3. By “thick comments” I assume you mean a lot of long ones. In the UK, it would mean stupid. You better not be calling all my commenters stupid! Especially as they agree with me… Lol! 😉
4. It’s not a bad film. I’m sure you’ll have fun with it, even though I know you’ll find it too long. I’m anxious to hear what you think. It’s funny you say that something always feels a little “off” about his films. I agree! Except for with The Prestige – that movie rules.
I really liked this film, probably my favourite science fiction film in years. The concept was right up my alley.
Great review 😀
Thanks, Tim! I’m glad you like this one so much and, seriously, I can understand why people do. Don’t worry – I’ve not forgotten your review! Just have to be home & on wifi when I catch up on blogs, which isn’t often lately! 🙂
Haha that’s fine 😀
Oh, I’m sorry you didn’t like it that much. To me it was one of the best films ever! Just wrote a review today (only saw it yesterday). I absolutely loved it!
That’s okay – I can see why people would like it. I’m just very picky when it comes to sci-fi as nothing has come close to topping my favorites. I’ll check out your review soon! 🙂
6.5?!?! Ouch!! I’m wounded!! Lol. Good review nonetheless, lady. I don’t think this one was Nolan’s best, but I still really, really liked it. But I tend to love his stuff, so I can see if you don’t dig his style in general how it wouldn’t work for you. At least we can agree on Star Wars. Oooh and Alien and Aliens. And The Thing. And WALL-E. And Back to the Future. And–wait…BLADE RUNNER?!?! UGH. 😉
Lol!!! So you hate Blade Runner as much as Brian?? 😉 hehe – Yeah, I gave this about the same rating as that Alexander movie… I know it’s not “bad” but I just felt very disappointed overall. It just comes nowhere near the sci-fi classics I mentioned. Well, in my opinion at least. 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!
Oh God. Blade Runner was a huge letdown for me. It’s just so…boring. Lol. Brian and I don’t always agree, but we are totes on the same page here. Sorry, lady…
Brian’s opinion doesn’t count – he hates everything 😉
LOL. That’s a good point…
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Mutey McCutey, how did I not see this post until now???! Anywho, I’m going to be linking to it in the near future. You’ve been warned. 😉
And I was going to link to this mainly b/c I recalled (or at least I thought I did) this review being really harsh . . . but a 6.5/10 isn’t too bad. Interstellar wasn’t exactly the “world-changing” movie a lot of people said it was. I liked it more than you but I couldn’t even come close to giving it a perfect score. I think even the 7 is too high for it the more I think about it. But ratings are whatev’s. If you didn’t enjoy it as much that means Nolan didn’t do his job properly. Ain’t an age thang
Tom the Bomb!!!!! Ha! I did a post a while back where I “re-rated” stuff & I lowered my rating on this (but was too lazy to do it here on the actual review 😉 I blog on a phone so not easy to edit old posts). Ohhhh – you’ll be linking to little ‘ol me? I’m all excited!!! 🙂 I have to say I like this movie less & less the more I think about it. I certainly like it even less now than when I reviewed it. I’m probably being too harsh! But it was just a bit “so what?” for me.
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