“Except Christopher Nolan“. That’s the cinephile’s refrain for a blockbuster marketplace that won’t accept any bold, original ideas. No one gets to make a blockbuster film unless it’s based on a pre-existing material…Except Christopher Nolan. Inception embodied this ideal, and following the conclusion of The Dark Knight Trilogy, Nolan was free to travel to anywhere he wanted to go.
His latest destination is Interstellar, a film that certainly breaks away from the traditional blockbuster in the sense of its visuals and turning scientific concepts like relativity, gravity, and time distortion into understandable dramatic plot points. Unfortunately, for all of the movie’s grandeur, the voyage is constantly beset with clunky exposition, stilted dialogue, maudlin sentiment, and thinly-drawn characters. Nolan has the power to go wherever he wants, but he leaves the most valuable parts of his story in the dust.