Monday, November 3, 2014

Opening This Week: Interstellar

I had to work this weekend, massive overtime. So, so sorry.
I have anxiously been awaiting Christopher Nolan's Interstellar since last year; there is more than a massive sigh of relief that those who have been invited to special screenings have hit the Twitterverse with ecstatic reviews of their experience. So, what is so great about Interstellar? What am I going to be looking for Thursday night at the opening?
Gravity.
Good news for Loki and Heimdall fans (so, like, that means all of us). Both of them are appearing in The Avengers II: The Age Of Ultron. No word on exactly what they are doing, however, we know that Loki has taken over Asgard in Thor's absence; Tom Hiddleston caused a stir when he announced during filming for Thor 2 that he had not been written into the script for The Avengers II, but I guess he was either a late edition or there was a script change requiring Loki's appearance, or both.
The space film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is begging to be compared to Nolan's film, and I think we should compare the two. For example: Ryan Stone (Bullock) is female; Cooper (McConnaughey) is male; Stone lost her only daughter; Cooper has two children, his daughter still living; there was never a "Mr. Stone" who was with Ryan, but Cooper is widowed; Stone is escaping a dying space station (hit by the satellite debris); Cooper is saving a dying planet; Stone is trying to get out of space, Cooper is going deeper into space; Stone doesn't have anything to live for, Cooper has everything to live for; all of Stone's fellow astronauts die; Cooper is going to save all his fellow pilots. In essence, Gravity is characterized by Stone running away (from space) whereas Interstellar is running to (the answer in space somewhere); Interstellar is a film of hope ("We have always found a way,") Gravity is a film of despair ("I hate space"). These diametrical oppositions between the two films are just what I can pick up from the trailers I have watched, but I am confident this will be Nolan's critique of Gravity. Why is this important?
Anne Hathaway plays the daughter of Michael Caine in the film, which is interesting. There haven't been many images released for the film yet, so I don't really have one, but there is an obvious difference between his little girl Murphy, who has brown hair, and Murphy when she grows up, played by Jessica Chastain, with red hair. Did Nolan not take the time to notice that the little Murphy doesn't have red hair? No, what I am guessing is that, little Murphy will be a humble girl (brown is the color of dirt, so it either symbolizes that someone is humbling, lowering themselves below everyone else, or "dirty," as in sexually dirty, because they role around in the mud). Murphy is probably humble, but as she grows up without either of her parents, she becomes angry and that's why the older Murphy has red hair, our hair symbolizes our thoughts, and red is the color of blood, either we would spill our blood for love of another person, or we become so angry, we are willing to spill another's blood to appease our wrath). I could be very wrong on this count: Mr. Nolan and his brother Jonathan are incredible writers, and there maybe a very different event that takes place in the film, but what happens between Murphy being a little girl and growing up is going to provide the answer to why her hair color changes.
Gravity is, without a doubt, a pro-socialist film (please see Gravity: Buddha & Da Vinci for more). Gravity is about running away from challenges and the "manifest destiny" of humanity and going back to living in huts (the village that Stone walks towards at the end of the film); Interstellar is about embracing our destiny and doing the impossible. Hollywood gushed over Gravity (and technically, it's a great film, Bullock gives a solid performance, I just felt like it was spitting in my face every five minutes) and, so far, it's gushing over Interstellar, although I doubt these two films could be any different.
Speaking of Sandra Bullock, she plays Scarlet Overkill and is planning on taking over the world, but only Gru and the Minions can stop her. How? One, because they love each other; two, because Scarlet Overkill is depending upon her husband, Herb Overkill, to help her but she isn't going to have any love or respect for him so that gap in their relationship is going to allow the good guys to win. The "Minions" film we see her is different than the Despicable Me franchise, but I am not quite sure why. It doesn't appear, at this point, that Kristen Wiig is returning to play Gru's new wife, nor are his adoptive daughters. 
Now, one last item. The official synopsis at IMDB says that it's climate change (specifically a famine caused on by drought) bringing on the need for the exploration for a new planetary home, not global warming the way the Left would have us believe. It might be different in the film, however, it's likely to be a result of the ending Ice Age, not the global warming Al Gore sells around to anyone who will listen to him. But, we won't know until Thursday night, which I am very much looking forward to (as usual, I will be posting my immediate response via Twitter). Also, FYI, I have all ready bought my ticket for the earliest showing of Mockingjay Part 1; the tickets are going fast so, if you plan on seeing it opening weekend, you better get your ticket now.
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner