Saw Interstellar this weekend. It came highly recommended by several folks whose opinions I trust on such things, and in general it has gotten favorable reviews.
Visually and viscerally it is an *amazing* film. It was worth seeing in the theater for no reason other than the cinematography with the sound - scenes on earth are loud, with background noise and the hundred little sounds we hear everyday, while in space it was completely silent. Very, very well done there. I completely understand why folks have strongly recommended seeing it in an IMAX theater.
For me, though, the plot and sciency stuff is what did me in. There's a little too much deux ex machina sprinkled liberally throughout, and the big "gotcha" revealed at the end, I had picked up in the first ten minutes. The writing is good, overall, with the struggle for survival placed squarely against the struggle to keep one's humanity. Sometimes they mesh; often they do not.
It could have been about an hour shorter and been fine. While a little suspense-building is necessary, it almost seemed like parts were left intentionally long just for the sake of being long. At two hours and 49 minutes of run time, for a movie with little actual action sequences and fairly little dialogue, it seems like it could have easily been much closer to two hours and not lose much.
I can't get too heavily into the plot issues I had without giving too much away, but none were deal-breakers. I'm glad I saw it in the theater, but I'm on the fence whether I'll get the Blu-Ray when it comes out. We've got a decent sound system at Casa G. Sud, and I can pause it for refreshments or comfort breaks. That makes a difference.
On the flip side, they rely pretty heavily on surprises and gotchas - I don't know if the second viewing will hold up when you know what's coming. The suspense is a pretty big part of the film, and knowing how it's all going to pan out from the get-go might take some of the fun out of it. Maybe wait until the Blu-Ray release is marked down then watch it again.
I liked it, I did. It's visually stunning and has been compared to 2001: A Space Odyssey (which, for the record, I thought was abysmally dull and boring), and the plot is such that it's pretty much the sturm to 2001's drang as far as plot devices and good guys/bad guys. The story does hook you in, and you genuinely care for the characters in the film. That's a rare movie that can make you care what happens to the people they've created.
Go see it in the theater, ideally something with a real bitchin' sound system. You'll thank me later.
That is all.