‘Interstellar’ early critic reviews are out of this world, mostly





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The world premiere of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar took place in Hollywood over the weekend, and the critics have now spoken, and the majority are calling the film incredible. There are a few who didn’t like it as much, and a selection of those reviews can be found below:

Emma Dibdin – Digital Spy
“After a muted initial hour, Interstellar delivers visually spectacular and exhilarating action once it gets out into deep space, with Hans Zimmer’s organ-heavy score soaring alongside other moments of perfect silence. Nolan has described the film as a mirror image of Inception, and the comparison certainly comes to mind during a climactic set piece on a snowy planet, the emotional stakes heightened here by a small-but-pivotal turn from Matt Damon.

“Interstellar is a spine-tingling blend of brains and heart, a high concept sci-fi opera that’s as unafraid of cerebral ideas as it is of heart-on-sleeve emotion, even if its ambitious reach occasionally exceeds its narrative grasp. It’s the first film of Nolan’s that could justifiably be called sentimental, but it earns every moment of unrestrained emotion with another of quiet fortitude.”

Scott Foundas – Variety
“Nolan stages one thrilling setpiece after another, including several hairsbreadth escapes and a dazzling space-docking sequence in which the entire theatre seems to become one large centrifuge; the nearly three-hour running time passes unnoticed. Even more thrilling is the movie’s ultimate vision of a universe in which the face of extraterrestrial life bears a surprisingly familiar countenance. “Do not go gentle into that good night/Rage, rage against the dying of the light,” harks the good Professor Brand at the start of the Endurance’s journey, quoting the melancholic Welshman Dylan Thomas.

“And yet Interstellar is finally a film suffused with light and boundless possibilities – those of the universe itself, of the wonder in a child’s twinkling eyes, and of movies to translate all that into spectacular picture shows like this one.”

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Scott Mendleson – Forbes
“It breaks my heart to not be swept up with this one. I did not walk in with the expectation of a cinematic experience on par with Gravity or even Contact, but nor did I expect such an overall uninspiring experience. Despite penning what amounts to a ‘mixed-negative’ review, I would never tell anyone not to see it.

“In-fact I would recommend seeing it on the biggest IMAX screen you can find both to encourage such film-making pursuits and to encourage glorious 2D IMAX. It is a well-acted film of ambition and intelligence, albeit one that falls short in overall visceral and overall emotional impact. It is a film about interstellar travel that is ironically at its strongest when it remains Earthbound. Good is not the enemy of perfect, but Interstellar is not good enough.”

Drew McWeeny- HitFix
“I was moved by Interstellar, and there are stretches where it is as good and as pure as anything Nolan’s made. You can feel just how important all of it is to him in every frame of the thing. I don’t love all of the film’s dramatic choices, though. It’s a film I look forward to revisiting, and considering just how much my own son loves space and space travel already, I’ll definitely be taking him to see it

“The best the film can hope for is that it will remind young viewers that there is something else besides this planet, and there is so much of this universe that we don’t remotely understand, and if there’s any hope for us, it is by looking up. Nolan’s fervent belief in that message alone makes this something worth seeing, and if it can inspire a new generation of dreamers, then even better.”

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Todd McCarthy – The Hollywood Reporter
“For all its adventurous and far-seeing aspects, Interstellar remains rather too rooted in Earthly emotions and scientific reality to truly soar and venture into the unknown, the truly dangerous. Startling at times, it never confronts the terror of the infinite and nothingness, no matter how often the dialogue cites the spectre of a ‘ghost’ or how many times we hear Dylan Thomas’s Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and its famous ‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light’.

“Interstellar optimistically and humanistically proposes that, even if the light is slowly dying in one place, a reasonable facsimile might be found as a substitute. But there’s no rage here, just a healthy belief in mid-20th century-style Yankee gumption and a can-do attitude. Whether that’s enough anymore is another question.”

Alonso Duralde – The Wrap
“To paraphrase Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, we don’t get the prestige filmmakers we need, we get the ones we deserve. And one of the ones we seemingly deserve is Nolan himself, a filmmaker with a keen visual sense but also one who undercuts the big, challenging ideas of his movies with unnecessarily tidy resolutions.

“In that respect, Interstellar may represent an apotheosis of sorts, as it illustrates the very best and the very worst of Nolan as a writer-director. On the plus side, there’s a stunning portrayal of how far-reaching space travel might work, a glimpse at an apocalyptic near-future that’s both brilliantly written (no year is mentioned, and we’re left to glean together important bits of information that zip by in conversation) and designed (the clothes, the cars, and the tech are almost entirely late-20th century), and a vision of robots like nothing I’ve ever seen in a movie.”

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“The film is about human nature, what it means to be human. It sounds like a very grand statement, but I don’t intend it to be. I mean it in the way, say, ‘Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ is about dramatizing ideas of human nature,” Nolan explains. “When you take an audience far away from human experience as possible, you wind up focusing very tightly on human nature and how we are connected to each other. What the film tries to do is to be very honest in that appraisal.”

The film stars Matthew McConaughey,Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine.

Interstellar is due for release on 7th November 2014.

Synopsis:

With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; travelling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

 

 

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About Matt Wavish 10001 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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