Originally Posted by thrang
I'd give Interstellar 7/10. My rating was a little less when I saw it in the theater; at home, some of the incompressible dialog was understandable.
I cannot see this close to raking as the greatest sci-fi film of all time, though pigeon-holing movies into a particular genre is fraught with inexactness for most films.
While there is a lot to appreciate about the film, and the topic being tackled, I find it at times somewhat sterile, and curiously lacking in mystery or awe for a topic so grand. Yes, I'm a father, but I did not find the early sepration scene deeply emotional; the climatic ending scene, where Cooper realizes how it all connects, was more effective for me.
Too often, much of the acting tone and character vocabulary is quite similar, creating a bit of monotonity, Ann Hathawy's performance grated me, and the whole Dr Mann "scene" was borderline laughable.
Technically, the dialog still was buried too much at times, and comparing it to 2001 as another film that eschewed the importance of dialog is not terribly valid. Interstellar is a dialog heavy film, and most of the plot moves on what is said. 2001 was void of dialog completely for much of it, and purposely banal in most cases where it existed. It was a much more of a visual film in regards to storytelling. In Michael Caine's final scene, his words are extremely difficult to understand, and several times during first-time viewing, guests would ask what someone said.
Not a huge fan of the robot design/mechanics and the approach to characterization, but that's minor...
Just watched it now and couldn't have said it better myself. Wasn't a big fan of Inception either and to me this was a space version of it. Nolan hits you over the head with the sentimentality to the point of enough already. We get it, love conquers all. Only problem is that it's hard to feel for Cooper when he left his family almost instantly to pilot the ship initially. I just found the love and family connection with the sci fi aspect rather ill fitting.
And the acting was pretty dodgy from almost everyone. Damon especially. McConaughy had some pretty cringeworthy scenes and Hathaway was her usual annoying and shrieky self. It didn't help the dialogue was rather juvenile at times. It seemed like Nolan was so preoccupied with the visuals and the style of the movie, that he forgot to tell the actors how he wanted them to deliver the dialogue. They all seemed to wing it.
And Nolan sure seems to like bending images upside down. I thought some scenes from Inception got spliced into this movie at the end. And with all the references to gravity in this movie, why was there gravity on the ship as they were travelling in space. They were floating around at the beginning but magically restored gravity the rest of the movie. Was that explained and I somehow missed it?
The PQ was excellent but I didn't find the SQ a bassfest that some people have been saying. It was recorded kinda low for a Nolan movie, dialogue was hard to decipher at times and not only because of excess noise around it (the Caine hospital scene easily the worst considering the exchange was a key point in the movie). The score was not overwhelming and was probably the quietest Nolan movie he's made which was expected when the majority of it was space travelling. They were some great demo scenes but it wasn't an all out aural assault. Compared to the throbbing soundtrack of Inception or TDKR, it was meek which was actually a welcome change. For Nolan movies if I play it -12 from reference my ears are ringing. I put this movie at -6 and found it comfortable to listen even during the chaotic scenes.