So I saw Interstellar again tonight with my friend Randy. I’ve already seen it twice with Deb…and she seldom sees movies twice.
But what an effin’ great movie.
I am a big fan of science fiction from way back, and I like it in all its forms. But I really like it in it’s BIG IDEA form. One reason for that? We get so little of it. Most people think of Star Trek and Star Wars when they think of scifi. Now, I love Star Trek and like Star Wars, but these are (for the most part) little idea science fiction. Oh sure, Star Trek (mostly in its TV form) dealt with some BIG IDEAS, but most scifi these days is of the pew-pew, explosion variety. When the BIG IDEA scifi rears its head–like with 2001, maybe even 2010, Contact, and (…errr…ummm…I know there are more, but can’t think of any right now), it can be a beautiful thing.
Interstellar is a beautiful thing. It’s deeeeppp. It makes you think. And its central idea–at least the one that Deb and I have arrived at in our discussions of the film–is a profound one. One that resonates with me a lot, because it’s something I strive hard to imbue my stories with. And that is love is a powerful force. It may be a human force, but it’s every bit as powerful as gravity (an allusion the film makes over and over), even if it’s as mysterious and misunderstood as gravity. Love, in fact, can be viewed as a kind of gravity. It is, at its foundation, an attractive force, isn’t it?
I like movies…a lot. And I often see movies two or even three times. Mostly it’s just because I find them entertaining. But a movie like Interstellar…it generates thought. But more than that, it generates conversation. Deb and I have had some great conversations about this movie, and that’s something that I value a great deal in our relationship. That we can have these deep, moving, abstract discussions about topics like love and time and space, and it doesn’t seem silly or ridiculous. That’s one of the things that’s drawn me to see the movie three times in less than 10 days, and it’s one of the many, many things I love about Deb.
Go see Interstellar. Take someone with you and talk about what it all means. It’s kinda cool.
Oh, and by the way, the soundtrack to the movie is awesome, too. Get it. I’ve been writing to it all day today. It’s by Hans Zimmer, who’s done a lot of soundtracks. Another great one by him is the score to Man of Steel. Excellent.