Interstellar...what the heck do I say?
The film reminded me a lot of 2001: A Space Odyssey and it's sequel, 2010 - if you jammed them together and ratcheted up the angst. The performances were good, great even, it's just a shame that the script comes across as something written by someone who doesn't realize that the Academy takes great pride in it's tradition of shitting on great science fiction films.
Also, once again in a science fiction film the robots steal the show, but only their personalities - design wise they look like something from early Dr. Who, which is bizarre given how excellent the rest of the production design and special effects are. This film was literally made for IMAX, and it shows.
In fact, Interstellar's greatest strength is in it's design - from a near-future dust bowl, to the space ships, to the look of space itself - it's obvious that in this case the filmmakers actually listened to the scientific advisers they hired. As an example, the space ship in the film mimics gravity by spinning - standard enough in a sci-fi film - but what's incredible is that when you see the view out the windows the Earth is spinning like a top. How many times have you seen that detail in a sci-fi show?
What really hurts Interstellar though is that a lot - hours really - of this film feels like Oscar bait to me. One of those eye-rolling, pathos-laden star vehicles that no one actually goes to see, but that the Academy heaps with ludicrous amounts of praise. Again, the actors act the hell out of this film - there are some Oscar worthy performances here - but they feel wasted because I came to see 2001: aSO, or Star Trek, not The King's Speech.
In the end, I think Interstellar would be brilliant if they'd edited out about a half-hour to forty-five minutes of it, and that if you wait to rent it you'll be disappointed you didn't see it on the big screen, but if you see it on the big screen you will be wishing you rented it.