A veteran of crafting films bridging the gap between financial success and critical acclaim, there was no reason to doubt Nolan could do it again. Coming off the success of the Dark Knight films and Inception, the bar was set high for his first venture into space. The result is a magnificently beautiful homage to sci fi classics such as 2001: Space Odyssey, presenting a tour de force in aesthetics and striking set pieces if nothing else. After witnessing this ever escalating progression of extraordinary circumstances and scenarios you can’t say Nolan wasn’t ambitious.
While the locations, design and scope are indeed inspired, the basics such as dialogue and character motivation are less than stellar. The film is disappointingly shallow, like a beautiful photograph it’s stunning to look at but ultimately two dimensional. The film concerns itself far too often with vague references to spirituality, which in of itself could have been an interesting concept, but at no point does the film ever earn the overly dramatic exposition. The film would have benefited much more from subtlety in these areas, leaving it enigmatic and open to interpretation, instead of bluntly proclaiming the ubiquitous supremacy of love. Even with these blemishes the viewer’s interest is never lost, skilfully utilising the gravity of the situations rather than any poignancy or empathy for the characters to propel the film.
4/5 – Excellent!
Despite certain flaws, the film is supremely tense throughout, managing to maintain the suspension of disbelief. While excelling in this area it leaves the viewer wishing Nolan had striven for more depth; that the script had received the same level of care as the visual design. In the end the journey is more satisfying than the destination.