November 10th, 2014 § 0 comments


The depiction of the wormhole was quite amazing

I just saw Interstellar tonight.  It was being shown in several different formats, from digital projection (standard these days) to 35mm to 70mm IMAX.  I read that the director’s first choice would be for people to see it in 70mm IMAX glory as that was the medium it was filmed in.  But, I didn’t feel like driving an hour to Irvine and then paying $20 for a ticket.  I saw that Arclight was showing a 35mm print so I figured the smaller print would suffice – smaller but still that film quality.

Well, just my luck but the projector was having problems with the audio.  They literally had to stop the film 15 minutes in, try to fix it, and then switch to a digital projection.  I was pretty annoyed but whatever…  I just wanted to watch the movie.  I will say though, that when they switched from the film to digital I was able to compare the quality.  The digital projection lacks a warmth and depth that the film print has.  The digital projection is sharper (sharper lines, more in focus) but it lacks the color depth.  I really miss film.  It was so nice to see the dust and scratches on the print.

Anyway.  I really wanted to like this film, and for the most part I did.  It brought out that childish wonder that I get when I watch a good sci-fi film.  When they first go through the wormhole I think my mouth was hanging open – they depicted it so well.  And then on the planet with the huge open water swells – WOW.  As a surfer, that was f r i g h t e n i n g.  I love the idea of a planet that has 500 ft waves.   What kind of a storm generates that!?   Although I must say, the waves were impossibly steep, so they must have been near shore.  And the water only seemed to be like 1 foot deep where they were standing, so I didn’t understand why the wave was just rolling through and not crashing.  It didn’t make much sense to me.  But maybe that’s the surf you get when you’re just a couple thousand miles from a black hole.  Or maybe it was a tidal swing??  I don’t get it.    Anyway…  I didn’t watch the movie for a lecture on tidal science.

When Coop comes back from the wave planet (where time is slower due to the proximity to the black hole) to find his shipmate has been waiting for them for….27 years.  Holy crap.  What a movie moment.  I was shocked.  I know that time is relative and I’ve read about time moving slower based on gravity in books.  But seeing it represented as people trying to rush back from a planet because an hour to them is 7 years to their friend waiting at the base station just blew my mind.  It just makes the science behind relativity and our perception of time all the more weird and interesting.

The script seemed unwieldy though.  Major plot points seem rushed at times, giving you the bare minimum information to roll on through to the next plot point.  The ending seemed rushed as well, and a bit disjointed compared to the beginning of the film.

Despite the fact that it just didn’t come together the way I would have liked, I still found it to be incredibly enjoyable.  I love the ideas and science behind it.  That’s why I read a lot of Brian Greene.  It’s been a while since I was truly excited while watching a film, so for that I must give this one a pretty high recommendation.  But then again, I’m a sucker for sci-fi so I might be a bit biased.

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