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Christopher Nolan Speaks to the Plot Holes in 'Interstellar'

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 11, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 11, 2014 |

In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Beast that covered the gamut from his scrapped Howard Hughes biopic to the acting performances that go underappreciated in his films, Nolan also addressed a big topic of conversation this week: The plot holes in Interstellar. He was deferential, but also a little on the smug side:

To be honest, I haven’t read whatever holes people are trying to poke so I can speak to the validity of it. My films are always held to a weirdly high standard for those issues that isn’t applied to everybody else’s films—which I’m fine with. People are always accusing my films of having plot holes, and I’m very aware of the plot holes in my films and very aware of when people spot them, but they generally don’t.

It is true: We do hold Nolan’s films to a higher standard than most, because we hold Christopher Nolan to a higher standard than most directors, but that’s because he’s established himself as one of the finest damn directors in Hollywood. It’s also nice that Nolan acknowledges the plot holes in his film, but it is a little odd that he would suggest that audiences “generally don’t” spot his plot holes, unless Nolan has never read the Internet.

Asked about a more specific issue, Nolan admits to speculating, but using speculation grounded in science.

One thing I see being brought up is the time dilation on the planet that they land, where one hour equals seven years (or a factor of 60,000), and to get that time dilation you’d have to be literally skimming the surface of the black hole.

Like “a basketball on the rim,” which is a phrase we use! That’s completely accurate, so there’s no hole there at all. Those issues are all buttoned-up, and Kip [Thorne] has a book on the science of the film about what’s real, and what’s speculation—because much of it is, of course, speculation. There have been a bunch of knee-jerk tweets by people who’ve only seen the film once, but to really take on the science of the film, you’re going to need to sit down with the film for a bit and probably also read Kip’s book. I know where we cheated in the way you have to cheat in movies, and I’ve made Kip aware of those things.

I’m not completely sure what to make of that, except that Nolan wants us to watch the film again, which is the problem with Nolan films in the first place: They don’t stand up to scrutiny. The more you watch and think about them, the more flimsy they seem.. On the other hand, no director comes up with concepts as smart and cool as Nolan, so I’m willing to give the man a pass for the occasional plot hole. I mean: At least he attempts to obscure his plot holes, while nobody even bothers to hide the plot holes in a movie like Fast and Furious

Source: The Daily Beast

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