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10 points on the ending of Interstellar (movie review)

I gotta be honest with ya; Interstellar had some cool ideas and I LOVE Christopher Nolan movies, but this movie didn’t work for me.  I like that the Nolans trust me enough to appreciate the difference between a worm hole and black hole, but wow, they sure did f@ck up the ending.  Here are 10(ish) points on the ending of Interstellar and why is ruined the movie. 

Dr. Mann’s a man, man!
So, do you think Matt Damon’s surprise role in Interstellar is a metaphor for the nature of mankind?  Between his actions in the film and the fact that they named his character ‘man,’ I’d have to say yes.

You’re still mad because why?
Once [the name of daughter character] grows up, she shouldn’t be mad at her dad for leaving anymore; she works for NASA.  She’s trying to accomplish the same the same thing he is; she knows what he wouldn’t tell her when she was 10 years old.  Oh and the son was understanding when dad left, but now he’s all pissed because of… reasons.  I don’t know what happened there.  The logic of the movie begins to break down in rapid succession once they get back from checking out the first planet.  (As I like to call it, Planet WAVE.)

“Chuck, Chuck! It’s Marvin!”
I’m not a huge fan of a plot device where the thing that jump starts the plot is a thing that could only be done by in the future in the first place.  See, this is what the kids call a bootstrap paradox (or ontological paradox).  It works as a quick joke in an action/comedy like Back to the Future (or in a drama when it’s done right, such as in the two part series finale of Star Trek:  The Next Generation “All Good Things”), but it’s the linchpin to the plot of Interstellar and I’m NOT HAVING IT.  Matthew McConaughey is the ghost all along (The dead wife was misdirection! #f@ckyouaudience) and is sending messages from the future even though he knows they lead him to where he is now, which at that point, is where he doesn’t want to be (“Stay” and NASA coordinates), but he already knows they didn’t work because he’s there now…  This was very annoying.  I guess I just didn’t believe he’d forgotten those bits and was willing to try them.  Also, I just don’t understand why he can manipulate objects (books, the watch) but can’t send audio.  Manipulating the watch seems a lot more complicated than… anything else in the movie.

I thought Brand was going to the planet where the guy she loves is hanging out…
I thought Anne Hathaway was going to the last planet on their list, where the guy she loves might still be alive.  So is that guy dead?  Or… what?  I didn’t see anyone else in that shot of her base camp… so… ?

The space station is right by the wormhole (Saturn)
The space station is right by the wormhole near Saturn at the end of the movie when McConaughey steals the ship.  So he doesn’t need to do that, they’re probably going to get to Brand’s planet in a few days anyway, right?  Because that’s where they’re going… right?

What’s McConaughey’s son’s motivation for not leaving the farm even though his family is cough-dying?
I. DON’T. UNDERSTAND. THIS.  Setting fire to the cornfield was a distraction?  Or was it like Cortez burning his ships to inspire his crew?  WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?

If “we did it” and we’re so smart…
…then why the hell did we have to do such a convoluted thing with the bedroom? We’ve mastered multiple dimensions but can’t send an email through time? That seems easier that the convoluted bedroom thing.  CONVOLUTED!

Hey… how’d that hole corn thing work out?
So what are people eating on the space station?  Where’s the food come from?  How’d that all work out?  Remember the blight, movie?  REMEMBER?!?

Hey, where’s your son?
I guess McConaughey doesn’t want to see his son now that he’s back; just his daughter.  F@ck you, Beardo!

Drone is misdirection?
So the drone episode and farm equipment thing was to make us distrustful of robots, right?  So we’d be surprised when the robot was helpful and self sacrificing at the end?  Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight?  Or did that have something to do with the gravity thing?

I didn’t hate every last bit of this movie or its ending – I just want to be clear on that point.  I love the emotions in the movie; scenes were felt (even if not always understood).  I did like the reunion at the end; i thought it had impact – it worked. Interstellar is visually stunning and includes quality performances, but this time, Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s flick kinda left me flat.  Maybe I’ll watch it again andfeel differently, but for now, the ending of Interstellar  has me pissed off.  As always, it’s better than being pissed on, but it’s a long movie and the more I think about the ending, the more I’m starting to be storry we watched this instead of something else.

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

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