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OMLandshark
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Let’s Discuss Interstellar
Personally, I find it to be Nolan’s best movie or at least my favorite. I understand why some people don’t like the ending, because it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. At the start of the film when I first watched it I was a bit disappointed that aliens made a wormhole in our solar system to save us, but I thought it was brilliant when it’s revealed that 5th dimensional humans actually made the portal, which really serves the underlying theme on humanity’s resilience.

There are a few things that could have been done better like Dr Mann (Matt Damon I think was radically miscast in that role) and they needed a much better excuse to go to the water planet first. And while it annoyed me they had to dumb down explanations for the audience that largely don’t get physics and the 5th dimension, I completely understand why because without it 95% of the audience would have been lost. But what the film did with its messaging and its epic scale is not attempted so often on a big budget picture. I love Contact, but I hated there were no real stakes at the end of it. This was Contact with stakes and has you gripping your seat from the moment they go through the wormhole.

So thoughts on Interstellar 5 years after its release? I think it completely holds up.


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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
Rewatched it a month or so ago...

and man, watching Coop start crying as he watches his kids grow up on the videos they transmit, that was so tough... It hit me on this rewatch that his emotion comes from him sacrificing his time in space and missing his kids growing up and being there with them.


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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
I’m not ashamed to admit it: I had some tears during Interstellar. I think that scene almost got me there, but Cooper going to Murph’s deathbed got me completely.


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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
I love the film, but I completely agree with you about Damon. They should've just used some unknown actor.


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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
One of my favorite movies of the decade. What an emotional ride the first time I saw it in IMAX. However, I agree that Damon was a miscast. I knew he would betray them immediately as soon as I saw he was Dr. Mann.


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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
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What an emotional ride the first time I saw it in IMAX. However, I agree that Damon was a miscast. I knew he would betray them immediately as soon as I saw he was Dr. Mann.


Granted my recasting would probably tip you off on this as well: Bryan Cranston. Either that or Terry O’Quinn, which to LOST fans would also tip you off.


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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
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What an emotional ride the first time I saw it in IMAX.


The docking scene in IMAX is an all timer


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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
Fun Fact: Marion Cotillard was initially cast as Brandt, but Nolan found out she was a moon landing conspiracy theorist, and quickly got her off the project because of that. I think she would have been a slightly better choice than Ann Hathaway, but you couldn’t have her in press conferences with Kip Thorne and not have it undermine the message of the film. It’d be the equivalent of making one of the stars of Schindler’s List a Holocaust denier.
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The docking scene in IMAX is an all timer


the sound and the explosion went silent... and it's just visual... that was intense... very cool to do it that way


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kingbob
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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
That’s ironic considering the history textbooks at Murph’s school said the moon landing was a hoax in order to dissuade kids from dreaming about space and instead focus on being caretakers of the dying earth.


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OMLandshark
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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
I think she was only cast for a day or two before someone pointed this out to Nolan. It’s hard to find the articles these days when it comes to her casting. You absolutely couldn’t have a moon landing denier being the supporting protagonist in this movie.


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UMRealist
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I agree. It was one of my favorite movies of the decade.


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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
The score for this movie is incredible

My last semester of college was spent using that score during study sessions


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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
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and man, watching Coop start crying as he watches his kids grow up on the videos they transmit, that was so tough... It hit me on this rewatch that his emotion comes from him sacrificing his time in space and missing his kids growing up and being there with them.



100%. I watched this movie once years ago and that scene has always stuck with me and I don’t even have kids! I stumbled across the soundtrack of that movie recently that made me want to rewatch it again over quarantine too. The score during that whole scene is also just perfect. Loved Interstellar but it’s a commitment to watch because of how long it was.

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My last semester of college was spent using that score during study sessions


I’ve been listening to it while working from home on my own everyday. Actually helps keep me focused
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Ry_garou
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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
I’d definitely put Interstellar in my top 3 of Nolan’s movies. I agree with everything in the OP.

Sorry but since Coop’s crying scene was mentioned I feel compelled to post this..
Coop watching Burrow’s Heisman’s speech.


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understand why some people don’t like the ending, because it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.


That’s what ruined it for me. I thought it was a fascinating piece of science fiction up until the MM character enters the black hole to visit his daughter. I mean come on.

Agree on the Matt Damon point.


OMLandshark
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That’s what ruined it for me. I thought it was a fascinating piece of science fiction up until the MM character enters the black hole to visit his daughter. I mean come on.


It’s still technically feasible what happened... an extreme long shot, but still technically feasible. But I understand why people don’t like it.


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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
Never seen that before just now, and that’s great


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However, I agree that Damon was a miscast. I knew he would betray them immediately as soon as I saw he was Dr. Mann.

Interestingly enough I had the exact opposite response

I’ve said it before on here and I feel like Nolan absolutely nailed it with casting Damon because I'm looking at it from the perspective from the back-end of the mission, so to speak, if that makes sense. I wasn't at all expecting Damon to emerge from that sleep chamber, and immediately I felt myself liking Dr. Mann even more BECAUSE he was Matt Damon (not to mention all of the other praises of Dr. Mann throughout the film), who is so recognizable and admirable in most of the roles he plays (say what you will regarding his activism and such, he’s had some admirable roles). Again... This Mann character was built up in the film as this great pioneer. And if it was a different, less regarded actor emerging from the sleep chamber, I would have probably been totally indifferent to Mann.

Back to the plot... then, all of a sudden he unexpectedly pushes Cooper off the cliff and everything came crashing down on me, leading to the climax of the film. It was truly a wave of emotion when I saw that entire sequence of events unfold.


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re: Let’s Discuss Interstellar
It had the best cinematography of what the universe and other planets could possibly be like and it was jaw dropping and made me want more.


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