First screened in November 2014 / Most recently screened in December 2014
Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, Timothée Chalamet, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon, Leah Cairns, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Collette Wolfe, William Devane, Brooke Smith, voices of Bill Irwin, Josh Stewart. Screenplay: Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan.

Twitter Capsule: A genuine conundrum. Formidable, frustrating, ambitious, and frequently laughable. I have to think about it. Might shop at it.

Second Capsule: Bold imagination, urgent intents, but script, style are clunky and pacifying. Personal, planetary loyalties confused.

Third Capsule: A swing for the fences I'd urge everyone to see and a nonsense where people say, e.g., "I'm sorry, but you knew about relativity."

Fourth Capsule: Grandeur and ambition more humbling second time. Script's howlers less injurious but structure, montage still shaky.

VOR:   Like Inception, a paragon of frustratingly executed projects that are creatively and thematically ambitious. Important marshaling of all-but-extinct material platforms. Timely in lots of ways.

Photo © 2014 Paramount Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

(in November 2014: C+)

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Production Design: Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis
Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer
Best Sound Mixing: Richard King
Best Sound Editing: Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarten
Best Visual Effects: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, and Scott Fisher

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer

Permalink Home 2014 ABC Blog E-Mail