Exploring the art of storytelling.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of “Interstellar.” It wasn’t horrible; it just wasn’t as entertaining as I would have liked. In fact, it was very depressing and carried this somber tone throughout.
“Interstellar” opened like a documentary, showing interviews of elderly people talking about the dust and horrid living conditions on earth. They spoke of the past, revealing that they were from the future. Towards the end of the film, we found out that these clips were a part of an exhibit of Cooper’s old home. The exhibit was located on a sanctuary spaceship, far away from the dried earth. It came full circle at the end, providing a framework for the story. While it could have been placed more neatly in the film, it was still an interesting detail.
I love the way the technical team used sound effects in space. Whenever we were outside of the spaceship, there was absolute silence as there would be in outer space. The silence was eerie, contributing to the somber tone of the film.
I also really liked the musical score. A lot of the music was lighter with high-pitched sounds and quick melodies. Some songs incorporated bellowing horns as well. The music had a pulse to it like a clock or heartbeat. It was all very eerie and definitely reminded me of outer space. Hans Zimmer is an extremely talented composer.
I wish we got more information about the earth in the film. We saw the farm, the school, the baseball game, and all the dust. But we were stuck in one town. I wanted to see more of the rest of the world. What was the government like? Was it worse in other areas? How did it even get this bad? From the limited images we saw, I couldn’t entirely believe that the whole world was doomed. It didn’t seem severe enough. I wanted more evidence. I wanted to feel the despair, not just be told that the planet was dying. I wanted to feel heartbroken for seeing the earth on the brink of extinction, but I didn’t feel much of anything.
The dialogue in “Interstellar” was heavy-handed. I felt like screenwriters, Jonathan and Christopher Nolan were trying to force life lessons down my throat. For example, there was Brand’s speech about love that just seemed randomly placed into the film. “So listen to me when I say love isn’t something that we invented. It’s observable. Powerful. It has to mean something,” she said. Another example was Cooper’s discussion with Murph about her name. As they waited for Tom to fix the flat tire, Murph asked, “Dad, why did you and mom name me after something that’s bad?” Again, it seemed out-of-place. One last example was Cooper and TARS’ conversation in the back hole. It didn’t feel natural. “What are we here to do?” TARS asked. “Find how to tell her,” Cooper replied. They just seemed to be too self-aware. If I were them, I would definitely be freaking out more.
I wasn’t emotionally attached to any of the characters. I didn’t feel a connection with any of them, so it was hard for me to sympathize.
The plotline of “Interstellar” was very rushed. Nolan tried to fit too much information into three hours. I believe that this contributed to my of attachment to the characters.
“Interstellar” was also very long. The ending was drawn out. It could have ended multiple times. In fact, I was kind of waiting for it to end.
The film left me feeling kind of empty. It was visually and auditorily stunning, but I don’t plan to watch the film a second time.