Opinion: ‘Interstellar’ is the Most Important Movie of the Year
I purposefully added “one of the most” to the title of a similar post about The Boxtrolls back in September. I did this because I truly believed (and still do) that Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight Rises) Interstellar is this year’s most important movie. Enough so that I decided to write a special post explaining why.
Below outlines why I’m anticipating this movie so much (no, I haven’t seen it yet) and hope it as successful as every other Nolan film.
In my director spotlight, I highlighted why Nolan should be celebrated as one of the best working directors. He has a knack for style, storytelling, and the cinematic experience as a whole (which I’ll touch on more later). However, Nolan has been unfairly painted into a corner that’s made it hard for the Academy Awards to celebrate his films.
With a November release in the heart of awards season, Interstellar finally is primed to make some sort of splash. It was a travesty to keep The Dark Knight out of the major awards categories but could the Academy be so cruel again?
I’m afraid if he doesn’t succeed here, we could be waiting a long time.
I also mentioned Nolan’s infatuation with using film and, more specifically, IMAX film in his movies. With the push to 3D, there’s been a conversion to digital film. As a result, the number of actual film projectors has dramatically dwindled.
What makes it even more frustrating is that IMAX seems so clearly better than 3D filmmaking. 3D films are simply a manipulation – the flashy new car, if you will, that isn’t actually better.
In the end, Nolan may be fighting an uphill battle; however, I do think Interstellar could drastically slow down the process, especially if filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson continue to use 70mm film in their movies.
Far and away the most important part of Interstellar, though, has to do with its originality. Over a year ago, I wrote a piece analyzing not only last year’s non-original blockbusters but the previous five years.
The results were staggering.
The box office is ruled by franchises and it’s slowly squeezed out original filmmaking. I already know what you’re going to say: original films still thrive in the awards races. That’s true but if Nolan truly is a big budget filmmaker, you have to think Interstellar may be our last real chance at an original blockbuster.
Last year, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity gave us a reason to believe the circumstances may not be so bleak. Even before seeing Interstellar, I can already see some parallels.
Let’s just hope this doesn’t hurt Interstellar’s chances.
There is a lot of hype behind Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. With these grand expectations, there’s a chance we’ll be disappointed.
However, there are plenty of reasons to root for Interstellar. It puts Nolan’s resume to test (and pays homage to films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind), gives us another reason to keep the vanishing film format alive (while again promoting IMAX), and is a direct proponent for original storytelling.
Let’s hope we can go even further with this film.