I too have an opinion about ‘interstellar’

by swale


Fads are defining our thoughts and talk. You are not cool enough if you are not adopting yourself to the fast changing social media trends. I am always a late mover and missed out on most chances to jump into the world of opinions and comments. So I was going through the net to find out the most recent trend to adopt and what I stumbled upon is…. “Interstellar”. Yes, Christopher Nolan sci-fi adventure, which is an up trending topic of debate. You can criticize, you can praise, but ‘No comments’ will make you what they call ‘a not so cool person’. That is applicable even if you are not very good friends with Murphy, Newton and others. So I am trying to jump into the bandwagon hoping I am not too late this time.

(Spoiler alert:- If you have not seen movie yet, avoid this article to get better experience)

Christopher Nolan movies have always sparked big debates because of its complex story structures. Memento, inception, dark knight trilogy all had different complex layers in its story line. His new movie interstellar is of no difference. It leaves you confused after finishing it. It has happened with all Christopher Nolan movies for me. You will get a better understanding of story on your second or third watch. Even with all those confusions you will still be able to get a good entertainment experience in your first watch. That is a unique skill to Nolan as a story teller, but not this time. I would not say the movie thrilled me like previous outings of Christopher Nolan. The movie experience was just ordinary. I am waiting for DVD to see whether experience is enhanced on a second watch.

Coming to the story part, like I said before confusions and doubts are integral part of my experience with Nolan movies. Story happens in a near future Earth in which human race is struggling to survive due changes in climate patterns. Technology field has collapsed since everyone is more interested basic survival rather than innovation. In this state humans are helped by an invisible hand which helps them to understand complex science and develop methods to escape. This invisible hand is referred to as ‘they’ in the movie. Later it is revealed that ‘they’ are humans in future who have developed a skill to communicate across time dimension. So that is the key element in movie, future humans helping present humans to survive.But that was very confusing part for me. If humans did not survive from where did these future humans come from to help us and if they did survive then what is the need for future humans to help present humans in surviving. They already survived right. I was totally confused by this plot element. May be there is an answer out there, hidden in complex layers of movie, but I could not trace it yet.

The director’s choice to make it in 2D was still far more confusing. I know Nolan is no big fan of 3D technology. It is true that many movies are shot on 3D just for the sake of it. I agree to what James Cameron told about piranha 3D “It is exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3D. Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3D horror films from the 70s and 80s, like Friday the 13th Part III (1982). When movies got to the bottom of the barrel of their creativity and at the last gasp of their financial lifespan, they did a 3D version to get the last few drops of blood out of the turnip. And that’s not what’s happening now with 3D.” There are many movies which are just produced in 3D just for sake of it, without considering what script actually demands. Movies like Dark Knight do not require a 3D medium to reach effectively to the audience. But Interstellar is a different kind. A movie which talks about 5th dimension would have been better to watch with an added dimension. The worm holes, black holes, space journey all would have been great to watch in a 3D medium. It would have amplified viewer experience.

There is lot of debate going on about the sound of movie. The lack of clarity of dialogues in some part of the movie was heavily criticized by some. Nolan came out to protect the movie saying it was intentional. He and his crew were trying to give the same experience to audience as the real space journey. According to him dialogues was mixed with other sounds to show the loudness of surrounding noise. That is a great idea. But the sad part is that he had to explain the experience to audience, instead of audience experiencing and understanding it themselves.

Debates are going around on the science part of the as well, but since I feel it is out of my scope I am leaving that part untouched. Any way I am waiting for the next movie by Christopher Nolan to get into next big debate of the internet.