Not a Review: Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar really is the second film of 2014 to garner this much attention and discussion. Gone Girl struck most people with awe and terrifyingly great casting, performances, and storytelling. Interstellar, however, seems to elicit more conversation, more discussion, more disagreement, more studies, more generated lists of plot holes and questions and subtexts and metaphors linked to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

And that’s all good and grand. Because, folks, even though Interstellar may not be Christopher Nolan’s best film, or considered his best work, it is grand, both on figurative scale to be viewed on seven different possible formats, as well as massive in its ambitious subject matter, as well as tremendous in the spark of conversation and criticism that has quickly followed its release into theaters.

I could continue talking about its reception among film critics, writers, fans, and talkers like myself, who can continue to talk and talk and talk about this film, and yet not really create anything original, or offer any new information that is going to keep you reading beyond this sentence.

It is for that reason I have decided not to review Interstellar for All Eyes On Screen. My common consensus? A great movie. My rating? THREE OUT OF FOUR EYES ON SCREEN. My thoughts in summary? Nothing that hasn’t already been said by so many people.

It’s not that I don’t want to share my opinion, or join the masses of everyone out there who has already graciously and meticulously put into words what I haven’t yet done. It’s that in this case, how I feel about Interstellar truly can’t be put into words in a way that would satisfy me, because it evoked so many feelings, included so many ideas, transcended space and time the same way it transcended my own understanding of what was taking place on screen.

I could talk about about how much I was blown away by the scene in which there is this massive wave, bigger than any wave I’ve ever seen, and how it took over the theater screen the same way it almost took out their space craft.

I could talk about Matthew McConaughey re-entering film fans’s lives with his stellar (pun intended) performance that reminded each of us once again that this man is in the acting business for a reason.

I could talk about how Hans Zimmer has the best relationship with lightning strikes, because he continues to hit them every time he produces yet another electrifying score, yet here he is, still breathing. And this time it features an organ, an instrument capable of sounding so powerful and terrifying as being imprisoned in deep space without a ride home.

I could talk about the actors who seemed like they weren’t given enough to do, or how the heck Topher Grace landed himself a most unimportant role in such an important film with such a popular filmmaker.

I could talk about the “controversy” over who younger Murphy (Mackenzie Foy) looked more like: Jessica Chastain or Anne Hathaway. I mean, I’m all Team Chastain here, but seriously, how did this make it into the top list of questions for this film?!

I could talk about scientific jargon, the plot holes that may or may not necessarily play their role in science fiction, or about how Interstellar was never set on being just a scientific film, but more a study on the science of love’s transcendence that just happened to take place in space.

Then again, I could talk and talk and talk about my observations, but at the end of the day, Interstellar has found its place in critics’s reviews and bloggers’s posts, in discussion and questions swirling around in our minds, begging for more conclusion and understanding.

And a film that could spark that kind of response is a very special film indeed.

So to conclude this totally not a review, but a mixed bag of feelings brought to you by Kristin, I kindly ask each of you who leave a comment to include one to three words to describe your overall description or feelings on this film. Because God knows we’ve all been littering the Internet with our extensive musings on a film that has so much to be said about it. And yet Nolan used only one word: Interstellar.

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19 thoughts on “Not a Review: Interstellar (2014)

  1. “Not a Review”. I like that. Well played. Good way to approach this one.

    I’ll use a whole lot more words tomorrow on my own site to describe my two words to summarize it but, nevertheless, here they are…… Magic Conjured.

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    • Haha, thanks, Nick. I just needed to keep it simple, and I didn’t know how to write a review on this film.

      Those are GREAT! I’ll definitely be checking out all of your other words in your post on it. Looking forward to it! 🙂

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    • Hey, Mark! I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of it after you see it.

      I imagine it could certainly get noms for score, cinematography, and visual effects. I’m curious as to whether it would actually attract any directing, writing, or acting nods. I have a feeling so many other films are all really competing for those categories, so it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out.

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    • Hey there, TCM! Thanks, I appreciate that! I did have a hard time coming up with what to say in a review after reading so many well-written reviews, that this was the result, haha. Could you describe the film in one to three words?

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  2. This post is sheer brilliance, Kristen. Loved the neutral stance taken here, and I completely understand the feeling of being lost for words. I’m experiencing it right now for Mockingjay Part 1! Two days and counting, and I haven’t even lifted a finger to review that one yet, that’s not typical.

    I loved this part of the review best, and it perhaps sums up my feelings on Interstellar best of all: “And a film that could spark that kind of response is a very special film indeed.” Exactly. That Nolan et al were able to generate this much buzz with a SINGLE film, is quite incredible. Not unpredictable, mind you, but incredible nonetheless. I am still wanting to give it a second viewing, to see if I can dig deeper into it’s thematic elements. It’s a three hour film, made by Mr. Nolan. There’s a lot to take in!

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    • Wow, thanks for the kind words, Tom! Haha, I feel ya with Mockingjay. I really enjoyed it, but I’ve just had so much to write about (and not enough days or time to write), that each review and post keeps getting sent to the end of the line, haha.

      I think that’s what makes Interstellar – and by extension, Christopher Nolan and his reputation in the film community – considered so good. It’s certainly a feat not many a director could pull off.

      I’ve been wanting to see it a second time, too, but I know I’d be committing to three more hours, and there are so many other good films out there I’ve been wanting to see! 😀

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    • Aww, thanks, Fernando! Yeah, it was just the best way I knew how to describe how I felt about it. It just seemed like such a task to write a detailed review on the film. So much to take in!

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  3. Nice musings Kristin! Glad you went w/ this non-review route, I kinda did the same thing too as there’s just so much to say. I think all the talk about Mackenzie Foy looking more like Hathaway is ludicrous. Not only do I disagree as she resembles Chastain to me, but it’s also so frivolous in comparison to other things one could discuss about this film. I think 3/4 stars is about right. I think it’s a good film and there are lots of things to admire but it’s far from perfect narratively and also in terms of emotional engagement.

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    • Thanks, Ruth! I know – I did like your musings. It’s one of those films that seems very difficult to review. Haha, THANK YOU for being like the first person to agree with me on Mackenzie Foy. Seriously, how does she even look like Hathaway? And if she did, what does it even matter??

      Yeah, there was no way I could give it higher than a score of 3 out of 4. I enjoyed it, certainly, but I felt like it was far from a perfect film.

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  4. I think for me the world would be “mixed”. I had mixed feelings about the film, I thought the themes were a bit mixed up. I felt like my mind had been through the mixer by the end of it. It’s certainly a film that will make you think and get you talking. I’m not sure I have any desire to watch it again though!

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    • I think that’s one of the best ways to put it, Abbi. I think Nolan had multiple points he wanted to drive home in writing the film, and I think the film received mixed reviews due to those multiple purposes swirling around in the film. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a mistake as much as I’d call it what you said: mixed. Good point!

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  5. Nice not a review, Kristin! It was hard to write my review when I first posted it because I didn’t know how to add to the conversation of the movie; only my feelings. Sometimes I feel like that’s how all of my reviews are! If I could describe Interstellar in three words, it’d be: passionate, captivating, and entangled. 🙂

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    • Yes! Ultimately, that was my biggest challenge with this film, Katy: trying to add to the conversation. I think that’s often the thing I find the hardest when writing about movies/TV shows.

      Hey, thanks for participating and including your words! Ooo, I definitely agree with all three . . . especially passionate.

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