[Marxism] Fwd: Hollywood pins hopes on Interstellar as it seeks out new life in movie industry | Film | The Guardian

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Nov 8 06:44:56 MST 2014

Reviews have been decidedly mixed, with some critics giving it short 
shrift. The New Statesman suggested the film alternates between 
“portentousness” and “gushing sentimentality”; the Wall Street Journal 
lambasted its “turgid discussions of abstruse physics … visual effects 
of variable quality and a time-travelling structure that turns on 
bloodless abstractions”. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw described it as 
“Nolan’s ... biggest spectacle, biggest pastiche, biggest disappointment”.

Are we in fact seeing a Christopher Nolan backlash? The 44-year-old 
English-born film-maker has so far led a charmed life; his seven 
previous features have earned $3.5bn at the global box office, and 
attracted largely admiring notices for his vocal preference for 
old-school celluloid formats and sparing use of CGI.

Leslie Felperin, film critic for the trade magazine the Hollywood 
Reporter, suggests that criticisms of his work mounted after his final 
Batman film, 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, which attracted complaints 
for its apparent conservative politics as well as for the muffled voice 
of its villain, Bane, and says that thematically he has failed to 
progress. “To his credit, he’s getting lots of money to make films that 
are not franchises; but I never feel he has that much to say. At his 
best he offers a technically adept formalism, but it’s not matched with 
content; if he found a way to marry the spectacle to heartfelt emotion, 
he’d be really on to something.”


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