10 Things About Interstellar You Should Look Forward To

It isn’t long until Interstellar is released. In fact – it’s achingly soon.

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The movie, Directed by Chistopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight), stars Matthew Mconaughey (Dallas Buyers Club). The plot is mainly shrouded in secrecy even now, but we do know that it explores the idea of humans seeking life elsewhere in the universe. This means it will include a lot of space travel, sweating and otherworldly phenomenons. See for yourself in the trailer below!

Exciting, right?! Right. To keep up that intensity, here are 10 Things About the Movie to Look Forward To

1/10: Matthew McConaughey continuing his McConaissance

Matthew McConaughey Oscar

A while back we reported on Matthew McConaughey’s unreal rise from the rom-com doldrums to respectability of the highest order with his Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club. Now he stars in Interstellar and the director seems happy with his work…

‘He’s just a phenomenal, charismatic presence in the movie. His performance is shaping up to be extraordinary.’ – Christopher Nolan, Director

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2/10: Space imagery to compete with Gravity

Hoyte van Hoytema (right) on set of the beatifully shot Her.
Hoyte van Hoytema (right) on set of the beatifully shot Her.

Make no mistake – Gravity was and is a visually astounding and groundbreaking film (read the review here). It blew us all away and will continue to spawn sorry imitations.

Interstellar, however, is a different kettle of fish. A cinematographer like Hoyte van Hoytema working with a director like Christopher Nolan does not settle for sorry imitations. 

3/10: IMAX used properly (on the front of a jet!)

Maybe for the close-up?
Maybe for the close-up?

Ever since Nolan brought us The Dark Knight‘s astounding opening robbery in native IMAX he has been at the forefront of the IMAX medium. This won’t change with Interstellar, sporting the most IMAX footage of any movie to date, including some shot from the front of a JET (as seen via this early on-set pic)!

Now that is gonna be amazing. Potentially nauseating, but amazing.

4/10: A long movie that warrants its length

'May as well have a lengthy talking scene. We have time for it...'
‘No rush. Fancy a coffee?’ – Optimus Prime

Too often we have seen big movies released with big running times – unnecessary in cases such as Transformers 4 clocking in at nearly 170 minutes.

Christopher Nolan movies are allowed to be long, like Interstellar‘s 170 minutes, because very few people were bored during the 150 minutes of Inception and The Dark Knight, or the 165 minutes of The Dark Knight Rises. He knows how to make a long movie that earns its length.

5/10: Michael Caine popping up for no reason

A big chunk of Michael Caine's 3-second appearance in Inception (ish).
A big chunk of Michael Caine’s 3-second appearance in Inception (ish).

Michael Caine has appeared in every one of Christopher’s films since the first Batman instalment, Batman Begins, in 2005. Why, Chris? –

‘He’s just a lovely guy to be around. He jokes that he’s my lucky charm.’ – Christopher Nolan, Director

6/10: Land-masses bearing down on each-other

One of Inception‘s most memorable moments came when intern architect Ellen Page managed to fold an entire city onto itself….

Inception Fold

…A look at the Interstellar trailer curiously shows a similar phenomenon from Nolan but this time probably on another planet…

Interstellar Ice Fold

Can’t beat a director motif!

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7/10: The Score

Nolan’s long-term composer Hans Zimmer is back again. The creator of the unforgettable Joker’s Theme (watch a documentary on its creation above) in The Dark Knight will probably always be one of Nolan’s first employees each and every movie.

The exciting thing about their Interstellar work is that they are throwing the well-worn techniques out of the window…

It’s time to reinvent.  The endless string of sonatas need to go by the wayside, the big drums are probably in the bin.’ – Hans Zimmer, Composer

8/10: A good child performance

'You better act well...'
‘You better act well…’

A great child performance can help absorb you into a movie, but a bad one can pull you right out of it. Insincere, over-sentimental and overly-directed child actors are a curse to good movies.

A look at the Interstellar trailer hints at Matthew McConaughey’s on-screen daughter Mackenzie Foy knocking it out of the park.

9/10: A Director completely off the leash

Christopher Nolan On-Set
‘King of the castle…’

Nolan is one of the few directors who seem to make movies utterly for critics AND audiences. Spielberg? Sometimes. Jackson? Not anymore. Cameron? Pfft. Nolan is the king of the 5-star reviews as well as the billion-dollar box office – no one else in the business does it on his scale.

It is for this reason that the production companies let him do what he wants rather than standing over him and marshalling the end product. It’s nice to watch a movie that is exactly as the core creator intended.

10/10: It is The Biggest Movie of the Year

Big Movies 2014
Close, guys – but no cigar.

There’s no doubt about it.

What else is there to compete? Sure, Guardians of the Galaxy caused a storm on release, but it didn’t compare to this for the added anticipation… And the final Hobbit movie can keep dreaming – SO 2002!

Watch this Charming SuperCut of Movie elevators opening and closing…

Here’s hoping Interstellar lives up to the expectations. Catch it worldwide from the 6th November.

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