Christopher Nolan Addresses the Internet’s Determination to Pinpoint Plot Holes in INTERSTELLAR

     November 10, 2014


Even though Interstellar scored $47.5 million opening weekend and got a largely positive critical reception, there’s a lot of talk about plot holes, namely the useless Morse code message, Matt Damon’s character and the plausibility of the black hole depicted in the film.  It’s definitely not easy to wrap your head around some of the things that go down in Interstellar and there are some “cheats” in the movie as well, but Nolan is well aware of them.

Hit the jump to check out his response to moviegoer’s insistence on applying a “weirdly high standard” for his films.  Interstellar is currently in theaters and stars Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, David Gyasi and Michael Caine.  [Warning: There are plot spoilers in this article.]

interstellar-christopher-nolanHere’s what Nolan told The Daily Beast when the outlet brought up the Internet’s determination to “poke holes” in his film:

“To be honest, I haven’t read whatever holes people are trying to poke so I can speak to the validity of it.  My films are always held to a weirdly high standard for those issues that isn’t applied to everybody else’s films—which I’m fine with.  People are always accusing my films of having plot holes, and I’m very aware of the plot holes in my films and very aware of when people spot them, but they generally don’t.  But what were some science issues people had with the film?  That was Kip’s domain.”

The Daily Beast suggested the time dilation in the film that results in 23 Earth years passing for every hour Cooper and co. spend on a particular planet, but Nolan corrected the outlet:

“Like ‘a basketball on the rim,’ which is a phrase we use!  That’s completely accurate, so there’s no hole there at all.  Those issues are all buttoned-up, and Kip has a book on the science of the film about what’s real, and what’s speculation — because much of it is, of course, speculation.  There have been a bunch of knee-jerk tweets by people who’ve only seen the film once, but to really take on the science of the film, you’re going to need to sit down with the film for a bit and probably also read Kip’s book.  I know where we cheated in the way you have to cheat in movies, and I’ve made Kip aware of those things.”

Even though The Daily Beast happened to pick the wrong story component to go after and Nolan admitted that some details are just speculation, there’s still no denying that Interstellar comes with believability issues and quite a few don’t even pertain to the science of the film, but, personally, very few took me out of the experience.

What do you think?  Were there any possible plot holes that you couldn’t get past?


Latest News