Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
The running time for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar has been released by Warner Bros, and it looks to be the longest film Christopher Nolan has directed to date. How long is Interstellar? Find out after the jump alongside a comparison of Nolan’s previous film lengths.
How Long is Interstellar? Chart
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is 169 minutes in length, that is 2.8 hours with credits — Nolan’s longest film to date. Here is a graph I created to illustrate the running times of Christopher Nolan‘s complete filmography, including Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and his latest film, Interstellar.
While Interstellar’s 169 minute running time is his longest film to date, its only a few minutes longer than his last film, The Dark Knight Rises. I know when Transformers: Age of Extinction was released I saw many people complaining about movies with long running times. The truth of the matter is some of the best movies ever produced are “long movies.” The long running time is only an issue when its a movie you’re not enjoying. I didn’t see anyone complain about the 165 minute running time of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, also released this summer.
A few years ago I figured out the length of the average Hollywood movie. You can read that article here, and while the average running time might be an easy guess, the average running time of the biggest movies in box office history might surprise you!
Lets also take note of this recent tweet from filmmaker Edgar Wright, which alludes to have just seen Interstellar:
Just saw a forthcoming film. All I can say is that it exceeded my very high expectations & I can’t wait to see it on a huge screen again…
There was also a follow-up tweet where Wright clarified that by “huge screen” he meant IMAX, but that seems to habe disappeared. He did leave a bit of a confirmation in a reply tweet. While Edgar isn’t allowed to say it, we’ll do the hard work for him — I’m 95% sure the film he previewed was Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. The filmmaker has been excited about the film for some time, tweeting in July:
Have heard from two different people that ‘Interstellar’ is Chris Nolan’s best film. Bring on November. I want to see it in 65mm. Like, now.
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