With Interstellar, Christopher Nolan Gives Up on Mystery

November 6, 2014 5:57 PM

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With Interstellar, Christopher Nolan Gives Up on Mystery

Christopher Nolan is an established master of cinematic mystery, both onscreen and off-, and true to form, Interstellar arrives this week shrouded in promotional obfuscation. (Don’t reveal the basic plot! Don’t reveal the reveals! Don’t reveal the things we’ve asked you not to reveal!) I will wholeheartedly admit (as a publicly confessed spoilerphile) it’s one of the few recent films I’ve seen where I was glad I knew very little about the film’s third act (and fourth, and fifth, and coda) going in. (To that end, there will be no significant spoilers forthcoming, though I’ll admit my spoiler antennae aren’t as sensitive as some. For example, if you consider “Something happened that was maybe disappointing” to be a spoiler, you’ve been forewarned.)

Nolan, of course, is enamored with onscreen mystery as well. From Memento to The Prestige to Inception, he’s constructed some of mainstream cinema’s most ingenious puzzle boxes, their gears gleaming and their curtains grandly parting to reveal — more gleaming gears and more grand curtains. He’s neve...

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