Interstellar was released this weekend, the latest creation of Christopher Nolan, who’s really done nothing besides make awesome movies his entire life.
When the film first went into production about a year ago, we knew a couple of things: it stars Matthew McConaughey, and it involves outer space.
As the release date got nearer, and commercials started airing, we learned: it stars Matthew McConaughey, and it involves outer space.
Why the secrecy? I saw Jessica Chastain promote the movie on The Late Show with David Letterman a few weeks ago, and she wasn’t even allowed to talk about the movie. Nor did they show a clip, per late show tradition. What gives?
The last time I can recall such little information being given prior to a movie’s release is … Inception.
Ah. All makes sense now.
I think I know why nobody is giving away plot details for Interstellar. It’s not because there’s some secret twist, or intricate story line that needs to be disclosed. Rather, it’s probably because the movie is so damn complicated that it’s too confusing to even talk about. I remember that after seeing Inception, talking about the plot was like trying to discuss the Kennedy assassination.
And I don’t mean that in a bad way. Rather, Christopher Nolan is so brilliant, and so innovative, that he’s made movies that can’t even be spoiled if you tried to. So instead of encapsulating the film’s premise in a trailer, or even providing a thorough synopsis, the studio’s like, “Screw it. Let’s just pretend it’s all a secret.”
What I do remember hearing is that the movie is more like 2001: A Space Odyssey than an actual suspense-thriller, in that it’s more concerned with the metaphysical and the human psyche than creating an actual fan-friendly plot. Which is fine with me. 2001 is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I love a movie that challenges the mind.
Surprisingly, it was beaten at the weekend domestic box office by Disney’s Big Hero 6. And while the audience seems to be reacting favorably so far — it has a 9.2 fan rating on imdb — critics are not so unanimous. On Rotten Tomatoes, Interstellar currently has just a 73 percent approval rating.
I guess there’s only one way to find this out for myself.
Wait for a high-definition download to pirate Pay money and see it in theaters.
In the meantime, I can entertain myself by watching Taylor Swift as a psychotic knife-wielder in her new video for “Blank Space,” which premiered today.
The video was not directed by Christopher Nolan.