History Film / Interstellar

6th Jan '17 7:04:31 PM nombretomado
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* TheEpic: It fits the outline of a classical Graeco-Roman epic to a T. The story opens InMediasRes, the hero goes on several (somewhat) episodic adventures (Finding NASA, exploring the three planets, [[spoiler: fighting Mann and finding a way to send the ''Endurance'' home...]]), which take place across a great length of time and [[spoiler: there's even a rough analogue to the required [[ToHellAndBack journey to the underworld]] inside the black hole.]] Chris Nolan seems quite conscious of this, since his previous film ''{{Inception}}'' closely parallels this structure as well.

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* TheEpic: It fits the outline of a classical Graeco-Roman epic to a T. The story opens InMediasRes, the hero goes on several (somewhat) episodic adventures (Finding NASA, exploring the three planets, [[spoiler: fighting Mann and finding a way to send the ''Endurance'' home...]]), which take place across a great length of time and [[spoiler: there's even a rough analogue to the required [[ToHellAndBack journey to the underworld]] inside the black hole.]] Chris Nolan seems quite conscious of this, since his previous film ''{{Inception}}'' ''Film/{{Inception}}'' closely parallels this structure as well.
23rd Dec '16 8:17:34 PM MyFinalEdits
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*** It doesn't quite get everything right, though-- there is no known way for a habitable planet to exist so close to a black hole without being torn apart by tidal forces.



* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Cooper and TARS, many times, owing to their mutual DeadpanSnarker personalities. Between the two of them, they provide a very large fraction of the humor in the film.

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Cooper and TARS, many times, owing to their mutual DeadpanSnarker personalities. Between the two of them, they provide a very large fraction of the humor in the film.



* SpiritualSuccessor[=/=][[SpiritualAntithesis Antithesis]]: The film acts as both towards ''Film/{{Inception}}''. Time passing by at bizarre speeds, a father being separated from his children in a far away location, [[spoiler:an TragicVillain who almost screws up the team's goals]], Nolan being in the Sci-Fi genre again, etc. Of course, the main difference is that the scale is much more grander than ''Film/{{Inception}}'s'' smaller focus. Even lampshaded by Nolan himself in a couple of interviews.
** In the SpiritualSuccessor side, the film is a more practical and straightforward version of 1997's ''Film/{{Contact}}'', which also deals with an otherworldy message that triggers a drive for space exploration. In ''Interstellar'''s case, they actually have the logistics for space travel and [[spoiler:Cooper speculates that the messengers are advanced futuristic humans]], whereas in ''Contact'', the beings basically provide the means [[spoiler:and are extraterrestrial]].

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* SpiritualSuccessor[=/=][[SpiritualAntithesis Antithesis]]: SpiritualSuccessor:
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The film acts as both this towards ''Film/{{Inception}}''. Time passing by at bizarre speeds, a father being separated from his children in a far away location, [[spoiler:an TragicVillain who almost screws up the team's goals]], Nolan being in the Sci-Fi genre again, etc. Of course, the main difference is that the scale is much more grander than ''Film/{{Inception}}'s'' smaller focus. Even lampshaded by Nolan himself in a couple of interviews.
** In the SpiritualSuccessor side, the The film is a more practical and straightforward version of 1997's ''Film/{{Contact}}'', which also deals with an otherworldy message that triggers a drive for space exploration. In ''Interstellar'''s case, they actually have the logistics for space travel and [[spoiler:Cooper speculates that the messengers are advanced futuristic humans]], whereas in ''Contact'', the beings basically provide the means [[spoiler:and are extraterrestrial]].
23rd Dec '16 7:14:22 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* GovernmentConspiracy: While the day-to-day bureaucracy just focuses on keeping the population fed, the higher-ups know Earth is going to die and have secretly recommissioned NASA to develop a means to save the species.
23rd Dec '16 6:56:10 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* PoorCommunicationKills: TARS is ProperlyParanoid about [[spoiler:Dr. Mann]] and prepares accordingly, but never thinks to voice this concern to his fellow crew at any point. Had he done so, [[spoiler:Romilly may have survived and the ''Endurance'' wouldn't have been badly damaged by Mann's failed docking attempt]].
22nd Dec '16 2:10:56 AM eddievhfan1984
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** The sequence when [[spoiler: Cooper docks with the out-of-control ''Endurance'']], is evocative of a emergency that occurred during Neil Armstrong and David Scott's 1966 Gemini 8 mission, when a failure with the Agena vehicle they used to practice docking and rendezvous caused the spacecraft to spin violently out of control, which Armstrong was able to recover from. The spin was so violent, both crew members could've blacked out, [[spoiler:which Brand in the film actually does]].

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** The sequence when [[spoiler: Cooper docks with the out-of-control ''Endurance'']], is evocative of a emergency that occurred during Neil Armstrong and David Scott's 1966 Gemini 8 mission, when a thruster failure with the Agena vehicle they used to practice while practicing docking and rendezvous caused the spacecraft to spin violently out of control, which Armstrong was able to recover from. The spin was so violent, both crew members could've blacked out, [[spoiler:which Brand in the film actually does]].
6th Dec '16 2:49:08 PM ElSquibbonator
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*** It doesn't quite get everything right, though-- there is no known way for a habitable planet to exist so close to a black hole without being torn apart by tidal forces.
25th Nov '16 11:39:54 AM fearlessnikki
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* TheLostLenore:
** Cooper reveals that his wife died of a brain tumour in the opening portions. The fact that doctors were not able to save her is implied to be a big part of his motivation to go on the mission.
** Amelia is revealed to have one in [[spoiler: Edmunds]]. He may or may not be alive, but she's partially motivated by the chance of seeing him again. [[spoiler: He's confirmed to be dead in the epilogue]].



* NeverASelfMadeWoman: The lone woman on the mission has her presence 'justified' by being Dr Brand's daughter. Murph likewise feels the effect of this; while valued for her intelligence, she's got Dr Brand knowing her father to thank for her position at NASA.



* TheNotLoveInterest: Cooper and Amelia clearly share a special bond that he doesn't have with Romily or Doyle. They're probably not in love, considering Cooper is still grieving for his dead wife and Amelia [[spoiler: has a boyfriend on one of the planets]].



* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Discussed by Murphy on her death bed. She sends Cooper away, so he wouldn't have to see her die.

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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: [[spoiler: Discussed by Murphy on her death bed. She sends Cooper away, so he wouldn't have to see her die.die]].


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* TokenRomance: In the denouement [[spoiler: Murph and Getty kiss out of nowhere. Granted it's implied to be a while after she first figures out the equation but there was zero hint of attraction between them before]].
27th Oct '16 11:04:38 AM SolipSchism
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** The water world appears to have a very shallow bottom and there seems to be no geographic accidents all around the planet; though this is unlikely from the get-go, the enormous tidal waves do not make the water recede from the bottom, painting the planet as impossibly spherical. This could be passed off considering that it's a relatively new planet.
27th Oct '16 10:22:48 AM SolipSchism
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* BehindTheBlack: The movie has this with the water planet. There is no way the crew couldn't have seen [[spoiler: the massive wave coming. It should have been visible from the moment they entered the atmosphere.]]
2nd Oct '16 8:28:20 PM MyFinalEdits
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* BigBad: The Blight that is destroying human civilization and forcing the migration across the wormhole. Note that this as Big Bads go, this is a fairly realistic one: Between the declining crop diversity, to the point where 90% of food is harvested from a literal handful of crop species, and the increasing tendency for monocultures, this is a legitimate concern in agriculture. (See TheOtherWiki's page on Crop Diversty.)

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* BigBad: The Blight that is destroying human civilization and forcing the migration across the wormhole. Note that this as Big Bads go, this is a fairly realistic one: Between the declining crop diversity, to the point where 90% of food is harvested from a literal handful of crop species, and the increasing tendency for monocultures, this is a legitimate concern in agriculture. (See TheOtherWiki's page on Crop Diversty.)
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