History and the making.
Yuen Woo-ping, mystifyingly enamoured with the rise of comic book heroes, throws it back for better and for worse. The plot is somehow both paper thin and overstuffed, wheezing when it should be running to the climax. The plain character archetypes don't gain much momentum until the third act, often just before they exit the picture altogether. To top it off, some of the big name actors are sidelined for long stretches to give space to Kevin Cheng's middling narcotics…
The most striking thing about INTERSTELLAR has nothing to do with it's larger than life visuals, enormous stakes, or grand scope - it all comes down to the central character of Cooper. What gets to me about Cooper, before McConaughey brings any of his signature wily drawl to the role, is how he is by far Christopher Nolan's most self-assured protagonist. Nolan has fully mired himself in guilt-driven anti-heroes up to this point, foolhardy men driven by a vengeance that…
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Typically, when folks say a film "Felt like it was written in a fever dream", it's meant as a compliment. This movie feels like it was written during a real-life fever dream: incoherent, endless, *thoroughly* unpleasant and coughed up in one night. For the life of me, I can't see the forest for the trees here. So lazily constructed, so condescendingly composed, so so empty. If this emotionally constipated, thematically cowardly mess is Where America Is Really At In 2017,…