When we were young, my dad made sure we watched 2001: A Space Odyssey and Contact. I think he was always a bit disappointed that the promised near-future of spaceships and moon bases from his childhood never really came to pass (yet). But in these films – and it’s so rare to find this kind of sci-fi on screen – it was still possible to believe in a future for human beings among the stars.
I just got back from seeing Interstellar with Nolan, Saujanya and Chris, without knowing much about it in advance. And I have to say, for me, this is that film for our generation. It’s a stunning achievement. A masterpiece. It’s visually beautiful, of course, but unlike Gravity there’s so much more to it than that. This film trusts trusts its audience enough to play things out with sufficient scope to tell a very fine story. If you can’t tell, I loved it, and I’m very grateful that it got made.
That said, I can see this one dividing opinion. If you don’t love it, and it won’t be for everyone, three hours is a long time to sit through a movie. But for me, it was also the perfect afternoon build-up to the Doctor Who finale tonight. Exciting! Today is a good day.
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What’s the thing that impressed you the most?
The genuine sense of adventure – a human being setting foot on land so far away from Earth, and not knowing what they’ll find. Also the use of time and relativity.