Episode 24 – Interstellar (2014)


Welcome back to Sci Fi Onscreen!  This week, i’ll be taking a look at Christopher Nolan’s SF epic Interstellar.

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2 thoughts on “Episode 24 – Interstellar (2014)

  1. Elya

    Hi Jeffry, first of all I like your podcast and very often I agree with your reviews. But this time I disagree about your Interstellar review. So I wanted to share my thoughts.

    It seems that you didn’t like Murph at all. In fact you didn’t like her so much that you wasn’t able to appreciate the scene in the end, when Cooper meets the old Murph.

    I think this scene is so sad and emotional. So it surprised me a lot that in the review you’ve been so cold about this scene. It seems that you didn’t like the conversation they had. To be honest, I don’t care too much what she told him or he told her in this scene (except probably one thing I’ll mention it later). What I care though is the expression on the Cooper’s face and the notion of the situation itself. I can almost feel what Cooper feels. He missed the entire life of his daughter. It feels for him as he left Murth just a few weeks or months ago (not counting the time spent in cryosleep that he didn’t feel anyway). But in this moment he realizes that she’s old and about to die and she has spent her entire life without him (and probably waiting for him). This is so sad.

    Then after a quick talk she tells him one thing that is even more sad. She tells him that he should go, because she needs to spend some time with her family. Those strangers in the room, people that Cooper don’t know, are her family now. By saying that, she gives him to understand that he isn’t part of her family anymore. She’s spent her entire life with those unknown to Cooper people. They are her family – not Cooper who left her many many years ago. But for him it has been only a few weeks ago. He remembers his daughter as a little girl who loved him so much and he loved her. And still loves. And that is so sad. I can almost cry in this moment as I totally understand Cooper’s fillings.

    I agree that the notion of love that spans across space and time is probably not very appropriate for the Sci-Fi movie. But I’m okey with this, because this is only what Cooper believes in. This is not the explanation of the entire story. How Cooper gets inside this tesseract isn’t really explained. Cooper believes that the love is the answer. But it could be God, aliens or some other creatures that created this world where humans live. I can imagine so many Sci-fi explanations, but the most important part is that the movie doesn’t explains this, so there is room to interpret it as you want. That is good.

    Interstellar is my favorite sci-fi movie that I saw in the last 10 years or even more. Anyway I do understand that everyone may have his/her own opinion. I just wanted to express mine 🙂

    1. Jeffry Palermo Post author

      Thank you so much Elya for the response! I do appreciate hearing your take on it.

      While I agree that the idea of scene is sad, personally I just don’t think the film gets me there emotionally. I never really bought into the relationship between Murph and Cooper. I know that the director wanted me to feel it, but I just don’t think he achieved emotional truth in the film via the script and the scenes, so even though it was a “sad” scene in concept, it didn’t move me. The only scene like that which did grip me was when Murph was crying, seeing his son grow up via the backlog of messages. That killed me.

      I do think that “love across time” is a wonderful concept for a SciFi film – would like to see it explored more.


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