INTERSTELLAR is no “Close Encounters”

About Interstellar: Please don’t make me see it again to see if I missed something (like havingth-1 another tooth drilled for the experience). Only this: I enjoyed the soundtrack, naturally, because I am a fan of Hans Zimmer–he has done no wrong. But, my husband Mike said: Now you know how much I love you–I didn’t leave. And leave others did.

Interstellar, a 2014 science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, and Michael Caine disappointed us in more than one way. Astronauts travel through a wormhole searching for help for humanity. Lucky you if you could understand McConaughey’s easy drawl—I couldn’t. Quite frankly, even if I did, I don’t know that I would care.

The film had a whopping budget of $165 million and so far box office is $662.5 million. Maybe you will want to see it for yourself to decide.   Not me. I honestly don’t care if it is the tenth highest-grossing film of 2014.[91] According to Wiki, “Interstellar is the fourth film to gross over $100 million worldwide from IMAX ticket sales. It trails AvatarThe Dark Knight Rises and Gravity in total IMAX box office revenue.[92][93][94]

Wiki reports that “Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan was hired by Spielberg to write a scriptth for Interstellar, and he worked on it for four years.[6] To learn the science, he studied relativity at the California Institute of Technology while writing the script.” WOW, all that and I’m looking in space at a view of nothingness when suddenly Matt Damon appears. I don’t think so.

HOWEVER, Interstellar has at the 87th Academy Awards, received five nominations including Best Original Score. It is the winner of the Golden Globe Best Original Score Hans Zimmer along with several other Best Score awards. Zimmer is amazing.

I got a kick out of this:

Zimmer also said that director, Christopher Nolan, did not provide him a script or any plot details for writing music for the film and instead gave the composer “one page of text” that “had more to do with [Zimmer’s] story than the plot of the movie”.[43] Nolan has stated that he said to Zimmer: “I am going to give you an envelope with a letter in it. One page. It’s going to tell you the fable at the center of the story. You work for one day, then play me what you have written”, and that he embraced what Zimmer composed. Zimmer conducted 45 scoring sessions for Interstellar, which was three times more than for Inception.” (Wiki)

By the time the film was wrapping up, (spoiler!) whether he saw his aged daughter, was superfluous to me. I was glad it was over. Maybe it will be better as a TV show. We’ll see. But believe me, Interstellar was no Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).







Film critic Kevin McCarthy believes director Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is among the “milestone films that advance the art form.”

McCarthy’s Nerd Tears blog review perfectly describes why the hype:  “Gravity is the game-changing film of our generation and a cinematic masterpiece that elevates the art form for filmmaking.”

Whether you’re a huge Sandra Bullock fan like my husband, in Gravity you will find yourself drawn to her emotionally, basically, in her corner. So much of what makes Bullock’s performance Oscar material is her facial expressions and breathing. I felt I was with her, fearing for her safety; so unlike Kate Winslet in James Cameron’s Titanic.  I was never with them in the freezing water.

Our daughter Laura and her family saw Gravity in 3D Imax—the best choice.  She was breathless describing the sensation of being lost or hit in space.  This is what Cuaron is so successful at delivering.  He gets your attention; and then he lets you know why you should care.  How well I remember his Children of Men.  We’re talking about it to this day.

The excitement for me is that Cuaron’s “milestone” appears in an era that lacks new fashion or dreamy car designs.  Gravity gives us something fresh.