This blog is certainly no stranger to divisive films. I’ve written about many of them, from Prometheus to Elysium to American Hustle. One of the most recent examples of divisiveness, which tore lines between critics and audiences, was Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. While I personally was disappointed by the film, which had so much potential and failed to deliver, I know many people who loved Interstellar and Nolan’s direction. I, on the other hand, still feel confused, deflated and upset by what should have been a wonderfully original, modern sci-fi masterpiece of the 21st century.

Why Interstellar Had So Much Potential…

I really love Interstellar’s first half. In fact, to me, the first half of Interstellar is a near perfect film. The script and dialogue are emotional and the tone is very powerful.

The story of Interstellar is that Earth is running out of food and NASA has found a solution to why certain crops can no longer grow on Earth. The set up to which I thought was effective and worked very well. I agree that Matthew McConoughey’s character and how he was able to find the NASA base was a little out there but I was able to suspend disbelief. The first half left me heavily invested in what was going on and I was interested in the story overall.

I also loved the scenes after Matthew McConoughey’s character starts to work at the NASA base. In particular, when the mission was outlined on how NASA was actually going to solve the food crisis. The first time I saw Interstellar in cinemas, I thought to myself, if this film is able to pull off the very ambitious and creative story, Interstellar might be not only one of the best films of the year but maybe even something more special.

However, Interstellar was far from the masterpiece it could have been. It had many problems from the plot, which fell apart at the end and was rushed, sloppy and incomplete.

Why Interstellar Isn’t That Great…

With so much potential, you would think connecting A to B to C was something Christopher Nolan could do and do well. A little spoiler will be given here but don’t worry, it’s nothing major.

Essentially, Interstellar is about NASA fixing the problem of food being unable to grow on Earth by finding another Earth for humans to settle. NASA previously discovered a wormhole that leads to a galaxy where there are over half a dozen planets. One of which could be able to sustain human life and become a human colony in order to save humanity. Not to mention that a small group of Astronauts already went ahead of Matthew McConoughey and Ann Hathaway’s characters. This happens to be the point in Interstellar that I thought had a lot of potential to be something more than a masterpiece. Why? I had never seen anything like this before and it’s not often that unique stories take so much risk in Hollywood. It was highly ambitious for the filmmakers to pull off, and while I appreciate their efforts, it was too much for Nolan. The film ended up suffering, got lost and turned out to be severely lackluster.

In the end, Interstellar isn’t a bad movie but it was full of RUSHED and WASTED POTENTIAL. Perhaps too much ambition for a filmmaker as great as Christopher Nolan and while I rarely say this, another 30 MINUTES WAS NEEDED. There was just too much story and too many intellectual concepts to iron out in an already lengthy 169 minute run time.

Also, I hated the name Dr. Mann who turned into something very clichéd. Saw that coming from a mile away.