The moviegoing public will finally get to experience Christopher Nolan‘s “Interstellar” when it opens tomorrow: on 70mm, IMAX and 35mm before digital prints hit theaters everywhere Friday. (Exhibitors are scrambling to accommodate this ambitious release plan.)
But so far, critics and Hollywood insiders are the ones generating buzz for the film. In a new long-read Nolan interview with The Guardian, director and celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino praises “Interstellar,” drawing lofty comparisons to Tarkovsky and Malick.
Tarantino says that “Interstellar,” in spite of its galactic ambitions, is “actually old film-making craft,” adding that “It’s been a while since somebody has come out with such a big vision… Even the elements, the fact that dust is everywhere, and they’re living in this dust bowl that is just completely enveloping this area of the world. That’s almost something you expect from Tarkovsky or Malick, not a science fiction adventure movie.”
Nolan, like Tarantino, is also a purist, preferring film stock to digital any day of the week. At the New York Film Festival, Paul Thomas Anderson, who shot “The Master” on 70mm, urged moviegoers to “go see it in IMAX” because it’s a “beautiful film.” Following early LA screenings, “Looper” director Rian Johnson tweeted that the film is “bold and ballsy,” and Edgar Wright called it “visually stunning.” Clearly, Nolan’s fellow filmmakers admire the man — though perhaps with just a sting of envy.
Film critics, though gobsmacked by the film’s immense visuals, are divided about the film’s elementally human father-daughter storyline. In the same Guardian interview, Nolan confirms that this is what “Interstellar” is really about (and that he’s a “Boyhood” fan):
“For me, the film is really about being a father. The sense of your life passing you by and your kids growing up before your eyes. Very much what I felt watching Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood,’ an extraordinary film, which is weirdly doing the same thing in a completely different way. We are all engaged in the biggest mystery of all, which is just living through time.”
See “Interstellar” this weekend. Here is our Q&A coverage on the film, along with six reasons why it’s not a best-picture slam dunk. But there’s no question that this is going to be a huge blockbuster.