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Alright, finally saw it. But not @ an IMAX theater.
The screen's size was roughly 40x25' and had twelve surround speakers; four on each sides and four @ the back rear.
@ high volume the speakers behind the screen were distorting, on some scenes (very bad), and it takes people like I and you to know that.
Ok, my screen is small compared to the real IMAX theaters, and I would have to go back again when they will project it @ my real IMAX theater, in 70mm (most likely January 2015).
Picture quality: Nothing impressive here from such a tiny screen and low res. ...Many artifacts of course, like with most all movies. ...Aliasing effects/moving lines, unfocused pictures from horizontally moving cameras, light's fluctuations (minors), foggy print without definition, brief; details missing aplenty. ...And them shots in space, nothing different than any recent space movies. ...And the wormhole is a simple ride a la 'Nolan', ...CGI graphics created...pouf.
So too bad for me because there are simply not enough real IMAX theaters in the world, and I only live on a small island of the Pacific ocean out of the Canadian west coast: Vancouver Island, and in Victoria we are now.
All in all some films can only be viewed by the few fortunate ones; people living near big city centers of the world.
That's the name of the game with everything else in life. ...It's just the way it is.
Sound quality: Nothing exceptional here either; lots of organ and synthesizer music.
Here's an honest question: How many people could truly hear 100% of all the dialogue in that flick, and with them actors? ...Now you know where I'm coming from, and each person hears differently. Personally I thought the dialog was just normal as in most movies, and I sure missed few lines just like in also most movies; it's a me thing and not necessarily that particular flick with them actor's and actresses' own voices and the way they were recorded and ADR or not and with all the music behind plus the foley sound effects.
The overall volume was definitely too loud, way too loud. But I'm sure it's a theater thing from whoever is running the show in the front projector boot (kid smoking too much of that now legal stuff).
I did not bring my SPL meter but I estimate some sustained 115dB in some scenes. And our seats were shaking inside of us, and with us.
Our ears were truly assaulted by all that boring organ music. ...And by them way too loud sound effects @ times.
You could feel the threshold of pain entering the orifice of both ears and exalting inside in total disharmony and discomfort. ...Too late, the damage is done!
The three other people I went with did enjoy the audio ride, like a bunch of kids unaware that they just put a coffin nail in each of their two ears (age: 27, 60, and 75, plus me, also 60).
The storyline: Yep, that was the best part of it, for me, and for our quartet. The ending was really Christopher Nolan's style, which is good.
CGI effects were cool @ the end; the only true intrusion inside my soul (about ten minutes or plus so from this two hours and forty minutes flick).
But a film is a totality, and this wasn't a total film experience; just too many walks in space and not enough true substance.
A film is supposed to be entertaining, a sci-fi flick; yes it was, but a guy like me is not into froot loops (cereals) without real milk.
'2001: A Space Odyssey' ... too much stuff that Nolan "copied in verisimilitude of the neuroscience". ...2001 it ain't, and never will.
Both are totally differential in their unique sameness. ...Orbiting in the space relativity of someone's only one restricted vision of infinity in a non-free world of space exploration.
I could have wrote a very long post if I truly wanted to put my mind and heart into it, but I won't. ...Because this is the end. /// 'Interstellar'