Interstellar – Not quite up there

Interstellar – It’s a Christopher Nolan movie, so how can I miss watching it. Except for Transcendence, I have watched all his movies. But the only sad part for Interstellar was that we didn’t get tickets in an IMAX. So had to watch in a normal theater with some light disturbances across the screen whenever someone moved in and out of the room. I am not going into the story or any spoiler here (even though there isn’t any except for the last one part where it was a Aha! moment). Having watched Gravity (again not in IMAX) let me start first with what I felt as soon as I watched the movie. I thought I should have watched it in IMAX to see if it made the same impact , visually I mean, as Gravity made on me even in spite of me watching it in the small screen. Upfront, because of the same space theme and all, I did compare the visual effects to Gravity and so far Gravity won. My friend suggested that we should watch it in IMAX just to be sure 🙂 but let me come back to that when that actually happens. No doubt that the visual effects for this was very good for the topic and the depth that this movie had, but still.

One more thing that made me compare to Gravity was, the emotional impact. With Gravity, I had tears at the end when she makes it. I rooted for her through out, it was like a personal thing. Well, this one didn’t quite make there with that. There was one scene where they are trying to get control of the spacecraft back which was quite intense, and the whole theater was waiting with unabated breath, but I would say it was mostly due to the sound effects more than the actual visuals. Comic relief and the one liners by TARS , the robot, was very funny and cheeky. I should also accept that the whole five dimensional thing details, I quite didn’t get it. Granted that I am not very smart but I was able to follow Inception without any problem. Even Gravity was understandable to a large extent. Here I got lost in the intricate details and given that I am not a fan of sci-fi or rather the time-space related stuff (except for the movies like ‘Back to the Future’ – fyi: I love that series) I had struggle grasping the concept. And the whole love concept in between their 3/4/5 dimensional space talk was a little scary actually. There is no love angle here, which was good in spite of all those talk, if you skip the parental love that is. And you know what, I clapped so hard when I saw Matt Damon, and I may or may not have done a little jump in my seat. Man, come on, I never knew that guy was there in that movie. OK, I didn’t read anything about the movie until I saw it because it could spoil the surprise, but Matt Damon!. Just for moments like these, I should learn to whistle. And Michael Caine got the same welcome from my friends and myself. That man deserves a good welcome. Matthew McConaughey, he is in every single frame, if not his daughter is there. But I think I am glad to see him in these kind of roles, rather than the ones like ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 days’. Jessica Chastin , the Zero Dark Thirty woman (that is how I remember her) and Mackenzie Foy, the Renesmee girl from the Twilight Series, did very good too as did Anne Hathaway. Acting wise every single one did their job well. I have to say that when I heard that the daughter’s name was Murphy and she complains to her dad that he should have named her something else, I remember a blogger’s comment in my other post and made me smile :).

No doubt. Story wise, it was good. But as an end result, there was something missing. Something that made me sit at the end of Inception to wonder what was I supposed to be even thinking now because it was too much to consume that I had to go back to the movie to understand the connecting bits again. Something that made me cry and my heart almost ached for that woman to finally make it on her own in Gravity. Something that made me sit back in shock and surprise and wonder in The Prestige. Everything was there, but then something definitely was missing to make me remember this movie like the rest. And I don’t know what it is.   

  

11 thoughts on “Interstellar – Not quite up there

      1. we don’t have an IMAX theater nearby but the huge screen at the local theater was great enough. I truly enjoyed the movie; you’re right, it has nothing in common with “Gravity.” In the latest, it was easy to “be” her and feel everything she felt; it was easy to think “I don’t want to be an astronaut lost in space,” and “yep, I made it safely back on earth in spite of everything.” that was the strength of the images in “Gravity,” you could FEEL it.

        “Interstellar,” though it doesn’t make you FEEL in the same way, makes you think, back and forth, about relativity, time, space, what could be, the spec we are in the infinity of possibilities. I loved that about the movie. The whole cast is absolutely fabulous and make you believe in the story. It is a GREAT movie, in spite of us not being able to relate to the characters in the same way we did watching “Gravity.” We can relate in hope, though.
        We truly had a great time watching it; my brother has seen it twice already. and I’m ready to see it again as soon as I can.

        Like “Gravity,” it MUST be seen on a big screen. 3D for “Gravity” was whimsical and surely helped in FEELING the whole thing. Don’t know if 3D would have worked for “Interstellar…”

        Happy Watching and Reading!
        Until next time!
        Jul’

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        1. Thank you Jul’ 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it.
          I might probably watch it in IMAX sometime next week (the theaters are always booked well in advance 😦 )

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