The big news in town today is that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, a film that sat on Steven Spielberg’s plate for years before he finally passed it off, will be released on November 7th, 2014, meaning that the film is already well into production. A science-fiction movie that appears to be taking its science very seriously, Interstellar will purportedly explore wormholes, black holes and, well, interstellar travel. This seems pretty incredible considering the genre has been buried in the post/apocalypse for years, so it’s nice to see a new spin. Who best to do it than Christopher “Batman” Nolan, but there are key notes in the construction of his films that make Interstellar out as a puzzle already solved.
Interstellar won’t be weird. Those expecting some kind of thorough study about man’s relationship with the unknown like Moon or 2001: A Space Odyssey should stay at home. Nolan has an eye for the zeitgeist and doesn’t seem interested in overwhelming the audience with complex themes – in this case: discovery. Will we see trippy visuals? Oh yes, but will we get that same weird feeling in our gut like in The Black Hole when the station collapsed into the event horizon and brought everyone through some psychedelic vision of hell? No, I don’t think so.
Interstellar will have an ensemble cast and a $100+ million budget. Neither confirmed, but virtually guaranteed at this point. Once you move into the big leagues with blockbuster budgets, especially since he’s earned it after out-of-left-field mind thriller Inception, you don’t go back. Similarly, expect a large cast with holdovers like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, or Christian Bale.
Interstellar will be complex and answer all of its own questions. To go along with the ensemble cast, the plot will no doubt involve a crew out in space and, perhaps like Soderbergh’s Solaris, a number of flashbacks on the formation of such a mission. Complex webs of relationships – not complex in and of themselves – will develop, ultimately leading to some tricky questions to answer during the climax, either brought on as a result of the craft of such an interstellar journey having an issue or encountering a strange force beyond comprehension. My money’s on the former. Ultimately, there won’t be any questions that the movie won’t be able to completely answer by its conclusion. Nolan wants finality in his pictures.
Interstellar will be very pretty. With the aforementioned big budget, Wally Pfister (no doubt) at the camera, and some precedent, Interstellar is going to be a looker. Whatever this journey is, we’ll be seeing it in a very produced light. Also, not in 3D.