Friday, November 14, 2014

INTERSTELLAR is stunningly....... BAD?

re It's so awful, awful, and not full of awe

UnLegendary Phictures
gung-ho patriotic USA first, 
poorly constructed, 
NASA propaganda with USA flags every scene,
impenetrably masculine, 
and possessed of an indecipherable ending, 

Interstellar is the mother of all misfires. It's a bloated juggernaut of stupidity, rolling its obese body stuffed with melodramatic subplots toward a conclusion that would have been laughed at had it been anyone other than writer/director Christopher Nolan who pitched it. Irritatingly, because Nolan has endeared himself to a loyal legion, the film will have its defenders and apologists. They will be wrong.

Interstellar opens well enough. 

Set some indeterminate time in the near future, climate change has borked the planet into full-on disaster. Those who can must grow crops in order to feed what’s left of humanity. This includes Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot and single father of two. His young daughter, Murphy, tells Cooper that she has a ghost that haunts her room, pulling books off the shelf in an attempt to send her messages. Turns out, within her bedroom is a “gravitational anomaly” that spells out coordinates.

The worst part, hands down, is what will be referred to as “the twist.” It isn’t a twist, however, as it takes anyone who has seen a sci-fi movie literally five minutes to know the ending. Oy vey and that ending… 

For the record, Mr. Nolan, having a character spout nonsense gibberish about fifth dimension temporal understanding is no different than saying, “Ta-da! Magic!” Looking no prettier than the TV show Cosmos and not as space-terrifying as Gravity, Interstellar is easily the year’s biggest disappointment and the shiniest turd several hundred million dollars can shine. 

Inception was proof that Nolan is capable of constructing a vastly entertaining and original, intelligent blockbuster. Interstellar makes me want to watch Inception again.

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