It looks as though Christopher Nolan’s movies are getting ever longer… as his latest, sci-fi flick Interstellar, clocks in at a whopping 169 minutes.
Thanks to the folks at Warner Bros. we now know that Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s longest ever movie… even beating ‘Inception’ and the needlessly-lengthy The Dark Knight Rises to the top spot. But while we also get some impressive new images of Nolan’s new space epic, it seems we can’t stop thinking about just how long the movie is. And whether or not it really needs to be.
Now, there’s been a lot of talk recently about Hollywood’s growing trend to increase the length of most major feature films. It’s becoming a bit of a problem, and Nolan’s previous films are no exception.
Just look at The Dark Knight Rises which clocks in at a staggering 165 minutes. Let’s not forget that it’s a good hour or so before we even see Batman on screen… and it soon becomes clear that perhaps Nolan should have been a bit more brutal in the editing room.
But what about Interstellar?
Thankfully, this is an entirely different film… and from what we’ve seen so far, it looks as though this universe-expanding exploration movie might just need every minute of its rather long run-time.
It’s no secret that Interstellar is being compared by many to Kubrik’s staggering sci-fi opus, 2001: A Space Odyssey. And with an equally long 160 minutes, it’s clear that some movies really justify a longer running time. 2001 is well known for the way it gradually builds the tension as the audience seemingly spends the entire trip with Dave.
And if you ask me, Interstellar is likely to take a cue from this classic sci-fi movie.
Obviously the themes are fairly similar… and there are already some visual hints and homages in the recently released trailers. Will it be the same movie? Certainly not… but I get the feeling Interstellar could well follow in its footsteps.
And for that, the run-time is just right.
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