Interstellar and the Value of the Cinematic Experience

November 7, 2014 8:22 PM

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The experience matters. Perhaps it has a lot to do with living in the bubble that is the Austin movie scene — where we’ve got “no talking” policies and an assortment of opportunities to Quote and Sing-along with movies on a weekly basis. Perhaps I’m just a purist. Either way, I believe that there are some movies, good and bad, that provide a unique and unmissable experience in a theater. There are some movies that just aren’t the same in your living room. Last year, Alfonso Cuaron gave us such a movie in Gravity, an exceptionally crafted roller coaster ride that was best seen on the biggest format with the loudest speakers.

This year, Christopher Nolan follows with a similarly themed, yet remarkably different ride in Interstellar. In an attempt to be both thoughtful and thrilling, Nolan has created something divisive. It’s ambitious and spectacular, emotionally moving and schmaltzy. The TL;DR version: it’s awe inspirin...

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