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Not as polished or engaging as Gravity and not as clever as Inception, Interstellar nevertheless carves out a thrilling, well-paced niche for itself in the 'space isolation' genre. The dialogue can be overscripted and McConaughey doesn't always feel like the right choice for his character, but the film recovers from these moments of doubt with some restrained, expertly directed action sequences. Production design is lacking - the aesthetic of the film assumes that in a future where resources are scarce and you have to 'make do', good design somehow also joins the list of commodities. The plot, being too ambitious, comes together as best it could at the end and one just has to suspend disbelief from the pseudo-sciencey 'solve the equation on the blackboard to save mankind' nonsense... So, not Nolan's best, but certainly worth a watch.
An exciting premise and some engaging characters create a solid foundation for an entertaining 2 hours. It feels a bit drawn out, though, partly due the lack of moments of light relief amongst all the tension and angst.
Watching Alien is great, just to see computers that go 'whirr whirr bleep bloop', but it also provides well-paced thrills and lashings of suspense that most modern movies try and fail to emulate. Sigourney Weaver and her character are really great in this, but the other characters are very irritating and surprisingly badly acted. Also, the bright flashing lights in some of the scenes at the end are so bright and strobe-like that they are just an annoyance. But now we're knit-picking.