My opinions about Interstellar are many and complicated, ranging all the way from “eh” to “um”. I saw it. It was a movie. I don’t have any intentions of seeing it again. At this point, that’s the beginning and the end of it.
Fortunately, Honest Trailers has a little bit more…
No, they didn’t steal it from Event Horizon, guys, they stole it from A Wrinkle in Time (and other stuff since). What, did you like skip the 20th century ENTIRELY?
Interstellar was Nolan’s homage to 2001, with an ending that made marginally more sense than Kubrick’s. (The novel 2001, OTOH, makes perfect sense.) The problem is, the story of Interstellar was just not as gripping as 2001, end of the world or no.
The threat of an AI that’s slowly going insane (and who runs your oxygen and other vital systems) is tangible, and as presented, terrifying. In contrast, Interstellar was a cosmic travelogue, more episodic than 2001, and so less intense.
Of the two, 2001 exploits its premise the best, acid trip kaleidoscope ending and all.
(What do you know, I guess I had a real opinion about Interstellar after all. Huh.)