Starshine: Hello Internet, welcome to another round of Objection where two writers debate about pop culture instead of using that time to do useful things, like end world hunger. As always, I’m Starshine.
Elessar: And I have decided to be Elessar, if only for this week.
Starshine: And today we’ll be taking about Interstellar, particularly whether or not the film was good. Since I’ll be posting a review about this movie soon, I’ll let Elessar take the first crack at it.
Elessar: Well I liked it…
…Yes, alright, I have a but. But, I thought it was very flawed movie. I think it spends far too much time talking about the scientific aspect of the film and not enough on the human aspect. Also it falls apart, for me at least, during the 3rd act. How about you?
Starshine: I think that while they have some interesting science accuracy, they throw it away at the weirdest times. I thought it held together well overall! The third act was out there but the ideas were fresh and interesting.
Elessar: I’ve no problem with off the wall third acts (I love Being John Malkovich) but I don’t think the third act really lines up with the rest of the movie. I also don’t think it caters very well to Nolan’s strong points as a director. He’s…not a feelings man.
Starshine: I disagree that there’s a lack of emotion in this film (though Nolan is not particularly excellent at it otherwise) mostly by the power of the performance. Yes, the love bullshit at the end is a little contrived but I thought that a lot of the feelings in the movie were genuine and heart wrenching, Matched with the dead wasted of space makes it a real gut wrenched for me.
Elessar: Oh there’s not a lack of feelings in the movie. The scene after they get back from Miller’s planet was really heart wrenching for me, but I think the ‘Love is a physical force’ thing is a really hard thing to sell without coming off as cheesy and I don’t think Nolan was the man to sell it.
You know who could sell it? Steven Spielberg. You know who was originally supposed to direct Interstellar?
Starshine: But I think the cheese factor would have killed it entirely. I think the cold and calculated reality is what really made this film powerful, what took it beyond just a movie to an experience. That would have been lost with Spielberg, I think, or at least compromised.
Elessar: That’s true. I don’t know if Spielberg could do the action scenes as well as Nolan. Maybe they could have traded off. Nolan does the action and intense scenes, Spielberg does the emotional stuff?
I want to be clear, I did actually like the movie quite a lot. The movie being flawed doesn’t make it less worth watching. It’s a gorgeous and intense movie. I just feel like the third act 2001 homage (which it was, admit it) could have been handled better.
Seeing it RIGHT after Birdman didn’t help either.
Starshine: One, if those two directed a movie together it would be amazing but they would kill each other. Two, there were a lot of 2001 homages, especially in the music. I do think that third act hold together well — the representation of time as a physical dimension, the weird time travel, the hope for a better future and the daughter figuring out the problem with her father’s help. I did think it was a fitting ending.
Still, this had me and some of my viewing-mates puzzled: did the colony people intend to go on to the new planet? It didn’t look like they were planning on going through the hole.
Elessar: I…think they were. I dunno, the movie was kinda unclear on what was gonna happen in the future. But hey, at least they weren’t gonna abandon technology, ala the end of Battlestar.
And the third act watering my enthusiasm might just be my personal preference. I’ve heard some people who agree with me, and some people who agree with you. It’s just a matter of opinion. And, as always, my opinion is correct.
Starshine: Says the man who think The Room is enjoyable. The one thing that pissed me off just a little bit was when they went so insane trying to make it super accurate and then have the main character go through a black hole in one piece. You shouldn’t be able to even get through the event horizon without your guts being squeezed out of you like meaty toothpaste. I get there has to be SOME aspect of fiction, but like come on, really?
Elessar: I actually think the science aspect of it is what got in the way sometime. They were so concerned with making sure Neil Degrasse Tyson wasn’t gonna come check their work (like he did last year for Gravity) that they kind of undercut the emotional impact.
And my love for The Room is ironic dammit!
Starshine: Well, you hipster, it looks like we’re just about wrapping up. Any last thoughts on the film?
Elessar: I do think it’s worth seeing, but I don’t think it’ll be on my top 10 of the year or anything, about sums up my opinion. How about you?
Starshine: It is one of the best space sci-fi movies I have seen in a very long time and I think it will be remembered for a long time after.
Well, infinite dimensions of space and time, this has been Objection! Next time tune in for more writers not solving world problems.