Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Odds are if you read a site like this, you’re going to see Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar no matter what. Whether the reviews are good or bad doesn’t matter. You just want to see what Nolan has in store in his epic sci-fi drama.
And while some of the critical response has been varied, one group which seems to be wholly Nolan’s side is one comprised of his fellow filmmakers. Names like Rian Johnson, Brad Bird, Paul Thomas Anderson and Edgar Wright have all praised the film. Now, Quentin Tarantino has heaped even more accolades on it. He likens the work to two filmmakers who bring to mind something very different and specific. Read the Quentin Tarantino Interstellar quote below.
Tarantino talked to The Guardian about Nolan’s film and said the following:
It’s been a while since somebody has come out with such a big vision to things. Even the elements, the fact that dust is everywhere, and they’re living in this dust bowl that is just completely enveloping this area of the world. That’s almost something you expect from [Andrei] Tarkovsky or [Terrence] Malick, not a science fiction adventure movie.
High praise indeed, but Tarkovsky and Malick didn’t exactly make The Dark Knight or Inception. Films like Solaris or Badlands are undoubtedly masterpieces, but much more internal and cerebral than the work we’ve come to expect from Nolan. That seems to be what he was going for with Interstellar, however. Something that mixed the artistic and difficult with popcorn effects and action. Tarantino obviously thinks he succeeded.
In the same article, Tarantino praises Nolan’s old school techniques:
It’s actually old film-making craft. He’s calling up directors who don’t give a shit, and dealing with their apathy, and trying to explain to them how important [film] is. I would want to punch them in the fucking face. But being British, he actually rises above all of that and tries to be diplomatic about it. I think it goes very well to the respect that they hold him in. It’s not just a dollars and cents thing. Christopher Nolan would be just as good of a filmmaker as he is, just as a potent filmmaker as he is if he was making movies in 1975. Or, if he was making movies in 1965. I’d like to see Chris Nolan’s version of The Battle of Bulge. That would be fucking awesome.
As Nolan’s Interstellar hits theaters this week, Tarantino is in pre-production on his next film, The Hateful Eight which opens toward the end of 2015.
As for those other filmmaker reactions, here are the tweets of Brad Bird, Edgar Wright and Rian Johnson. Not to mention, Paul Thomas Anderson called the film “beautiful” in New York last month.
Interstellar is bold & ballsy. Huge ideas done in a concrete grounded way, and some of the finest space travel spectacle this side of 2001.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) October 23, 2014
Saw 'Interstellar' for a second time projected on IMAX film. Truly an magnificent film. Emotional, visually stunning. See it large and loud.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) October 23, 2014
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Dazzled by the ambition & intelligence of Chris Nolan's INTERSTELLAR. Terrific performances, haunting imagery, WOW. See it in 70MM IMAX.
— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) October 21, 2014