Man, Christopher Nolan is REALLY not afraid of getting our hopes up for Interstellar. In this recent interview with EW, he talks about the “massive pressure”he put on himself to make a truly mesmerizing, all-absorbing movie. And it looks like he’s pretty proud of the job he’s done, though he does stop just this side of calling it The Best Movie Ever Made.
This is the first film I have made where the actual experience of the film is paramount to the audience. You would think that’s the case with Batman movies but it’s not; they’re more dependent on the reaction of characters on screen.His ultimate goal with Interstellar definitely seems to be getting his audiences to lose themselves in the movie (with or without additional accoutrements). He was obsessed with the Kubrickian idea of “the one powerful image,” that image that encapsulates the entire film, the “a-ha moment” for the viewers. Turns out, he was so into that idea that the movie is full of them.
Naturally he wanted a lot of them, which helps explain the film’s bladder-busting running time. Every time Nolan tried to pare down, he says, “it subverted the tone of the movie.”
And Nolan’s not the only one with a high opinion of what he’s made. The rest of the cast seems to have happily and willingly drunk the Nolan Brand Kool-Aid. Anne Hathaway says of him,
Chris is a lot of things we’ve been taught contradict each other. He’s a workaholic, but he’s a present, loving father. He’s a serious filmmaker, but he loves stupid comedy. He’s an exemplary human being, but he is a human being.
He is one of the greatest leaders I have ever worked for. He wants original, yet he’s not a perfectionist. He just wants everyone to give everything they’ve got. With the actors, it’s very intimate. We were never in a rush, but it was very raw, natural, and fast. He never goes back and reshoots a scene. Never has to. He keeps the entire film feeling like you’re on a constant, bounding ascension. You never stop. You never level out. No one sobers up.As far as I’m concerned, Nolan and his cast can continue to talk up their movie as long as they keep putting out amazing trailers like this new one. Sure, it didn’t leave me the weeping puddle of emotions that the last on did (and THANK YOU for that, Nolan), but it DID serve to make sure that I keep November 7th saved in my calendar. And maybe every evening for the week following, as well. We’ll see.