on 2016-09-28 07:28 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] sprocket
You're right. It's Nolan, not Spielberg. Wiki tells me the property started with Spielberg vaguely attached to the project back in the '00s, but he wasn't part of the final production team. The emotional manipulation vividly reminded me of watching some of Spielberg's films. I skipped the Dark Knight movies, but did see Inception. It didn't do much for me, except make me wish I had those hours of my life back.

Interstellar may center on human connection, but also wanted to be science-y and have the action set pieces appropriate to a Hollywood film, and it didn't combine those desires well enough to execute them smoothly and coherently. Someone needed to edit with a machete, either to tighten the narrative slack, or trim the energetic bits, to smooth out the film's pacing. The threads of the movie feel like they're fighting each other, rather than working together.

What I liked most about the movie was the astrophysics and exploration of possible extrasolar worlds. The science seemed slightly less ridiculous than average Hollywood science, or at least differently silly. I wanted to like this movie, but the run time was against it, and the editing and storytelling choices contributed to my very mixed feelings.
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