Thursday, November 6, 2014
It's not a movie. It's a prediction.
The movie is not about a dying planet with its people trying to survive. The movie is about our planet and its future.
This is Nolan's wake up call to the humanity, and this movie goes into the list of handful of movies and TV shows that used its fodder to make a social commentary. Schindler's List, The Wire and Grave of the Fireflies to name a few. All the visuals and special effects are secondary to its core messages - to bait in the general audience with the fancies and switching to preaching the message. Although I'm afraid people who'll love this movie will be a choir anyway, and Nolan would only be preaching to them. It's either you understand the technical aspect of this movie or you don't. And the latter will exit the cinema annoying their friends with questions like "Why did she get old so fast". Anyone with any slight interest in futurism will feel like their long held belief has been confirmed, that for humanity to survive we must act early and fast. The sentiment 'why are we spending money on Earth when we should spend it on space?" will ring empty for most people, unfortunately. For them this will be just another movie out of many movies they watched over the years.
The movie also does an excellent job of drumming the point that meaningful advancement takes more than a single lifetime to accomplish - that we have to think past our myopic sense of time. We don't invest in space today so we can goto Mars today, but so that our children may some day. Our work today may seem trivial but the next generation will carry on with the work and improve upon what we build today. In short, Interstellar is the futurist's wet dream realized in a movie form.
***spoiler below. Nothing too obvious - just a vague explanation of the final act.
I mean, the movie ultimately ends with the humanity saving itself with the help of more advanced humanity. How fucking futurist is that. Self-determinism, post-singularity humans, theory of relativity, and AI robots that's not murderous and psychopathic. SPOOLSH.
So if you're looking for some fun without all the emotional baggage, don't watch it. All the main characters cry half the screen time with snot running down their noses. And the whole power of love thing is absolutely cringe inducing. I almost thought a dead character would be brought back with the power of a single tear or something to exaggerate a bit. Otherwise, it's a history making film. This movie will be used as an example many years in the future as the movie that describes its contemporary mantra.
Lastly, the final act makes me angry not because it was bad but because I was planning an ending for my comic kind of similar to it conceptually. It's not narratively or tonally the same so meh, I'm still gonna go with the ending I planned. I'm just writing this down here so maybe 10 years later when some dick accuses me of plagiarism I'm going to fuck them up the ass with this post.