This is the first of three analytical articles on Christopher Nolan’s transcendent Interstellar. It has both a newfound emotional maturity and structural complexity, holding an abundance of deeply embedded motifs, patterns and parallels.
During the monumental, relentlessly hypnotic climax, M. Night Shyamalan succeeds in finding a cinematic equivalent of the effortless unfolding of superhuman powers, in a formal framework also suggesting the hero’s ritualised path to that state.
We look at three outstanding scenes in this better-than-you-think M. Night Shyamalan film, along with its pervasive motif of figures in a landscape, visual rhymes and many occasions of elegant staging.
With the artistic, commercial and critical success of his two latest films, it is about time to soberly unearth the very real qualities of M. Night Shyamalan’s disproportionally maligned middle period.
The new leaner, meaner version of M. Night Shyamalan has made a bizarre but thoroughly gripping film, providing an emotionally deep understanding of why psychological survival mechanisms arise in abuse victims.
Karlovy Vary 2016: Houston, We Have a Problem! is a minor masterpiece of plausible fabrication, tracking real events with an unwavering satirical eye, and placing them in a perspective that is at once ridiculous and illuminating.