Alright folks, one of the most anticipated movies of the year is now in theaters. Given all the secrecy surrounding Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar and the fact that it’s a wholly original story set in deep space, expectations were almost impossibly high for this one. I caught the movie myself last night at a digital IMAX showing, and I’m still mulling it over. In some ways it was exactly the film I expected, and in other ways it was somewhat surprising. The visuals and set pieces are spectacular, and I do think that Hans Zimmer composed one of his best scores to date—“majestic” is the word I’d use to describe the sound he found here—but Interstellar is a lot of movie (probably too much), and I think Nolan’s reach exceeds his grasp in terms of trying to constantly surprise the audience. The performances from Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are incredibly strong, and Nolan’s attempt to ground the film in emotion is admirable, but I came away from the film somewhat disappointed.
Matt composed his thoughts more eloquently in his review, which you can read right here, but now we’d like to hear from you, readers. What did you think of Interstellar? Did it exceed your expectations? Where does this fall in Nolan’s filmography? Sound off in the comments after the jump.
In addition to hearing your thoughts on the film, we’d also like to hear about the quality of your filmgoing experience. There have been some mixed responses regarding the sound mix in IMAX, so let us know in what format you saw the film and how satisfying you found the experience. I will say Zimmer’s massive score coming from those IMAX speakers felt almost religious in nature.
Head to the comments after revisiting the very first trailer we ever saw for Interstellar.