Christopher Nolan’s 2014 release, Interstellar is very clearly inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey – the benchmark for this type of science fiction drama. He keeps the CGI to a minimum, choosing to use practical effects and real locations to create a sense of realism. Hoyte van Hoytema’s cinematography complements this, giving things an almost documentary authenticity. These images feed into Astrophysicist (and executive producer) Kip Thorne’s input into the script which Nolan wrote with his brother Jonathan. The science here is very believable. This is as close to science fact as you can get in science fiction. Hans Zimmer‘s stunning score adds an additional layer that gives Interstellar a dream-like sense of melancholy.
Interstellar is a movie that could only be made by a director at a certain level; one with several, huge hits under their belt. Christopher Nolan’s film is an epic science fiction movie that doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator. It’s a risky proposition considering it isn’t based on any existing material and even more so when you take into account that large portions of the movie involves people standing around talking about quantum physics. It’s bold and Nolan knows this – you can almost feel his glee as he pushes the envelope of 21st Century blockbuster filmmaking.
This image shows Nolan directing Matthew McConaughey on the set of the sci-fi blockbuster.
Budgeted at $164 million, Interstellar grossed $188 million at the US box office and $511 million in other territories for a $699 global total.