As I mentioned in a previous post, I just recently saw Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Interstellar. On Christmas I had a chance to see Alfonso Cuaron’s latest film Gravity. Now I’ll be honest, I did not enjoy Gravity, I thought it was an overrated film, and that it had many flaws. I happen to love Christopher Nolan as a director, and love a lot of his films. You could classify me as a Nolan fanboy, but that is not why I believe Interstellar is a better film than Gravity. Gravity has a lot going for it, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as Interstellar. In my mind there a lot of reasons why Interstellar is a better film than Gravity, but I’ve narrowed it down to Six! Here are My Top Six Reasons Interstellar is a Better Film Than Gravity!
*WARNING LIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD*
6. The Plot/Story
In Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, the plot focuses around the idea that in the future humanity has run out of natural resources and has resorted to farming to survive. Unfortunately a crop blight is killing all of the crops on Earth, and the planet is slowly dying. The main character of the film is Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) a widowed former astronaut who has two kids, and realizes that the Earth is slowly dying and is concerned with protecting his kids. Through a series of strange circumstances, Cooper finds a NASA base that has been secretly sending people outside of our own galaxy in the hopes of finding habitable planets in another galaxy. He is recruited by scientist Professor Brand (Michael Caine) to pilot their spaceship Endurance and to travel into a wormhole that will take Cooper and his team of astronauts to another galaxy, where hopefully they can find another habitable planet for humanity to colonize.
In Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, the plot focuses on a team of astronauts, including Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) working on The Hubble Space Telescope, when a series of events (quite ridiculous ones I might add) put Stone and Kowalski in peril, both astronauts must fight to make it back to Earth safely.
Now on the surface both films sound pretty good, but the fact is Interstellar has a much more interesting plot and as a result I care more about the film as a whole. Gravity‘s plot is very thin and because there is no background set up for the characters of Dr. Stone and Matt Kowalski, I don’t care about the plot as much. In Gravity, you are just thrust into the film and introduced to these characters that you know nothing about, which makes it difficult for you to care about the plot.
Interstellar has a much more engaging plot and as a result, I care more about what happens in the film.
In Interstellar, the acting is great across the board, starting with Matthew McConaughey (Cooper), who gives an amazing performance as a widowed father, who is just trying to take care of his two kids, while the Earth is dying. Michael Caine (Professor Brand) gives a great performance as a NASA scientist, who wants to ensure that the human race has a future and is not made extinct because of the dying Earth. Jessica Chastain, gives a commanding performance and you really feel for her character. The phenomenal acting makes the movie a much better experience, and as a result you care about the characters the actors are portraying.
In Gravity, the acting is good, it’s just that the characters are so one-dimensional that it’s hard to really care about them. Also Sandra Bullock is annoying in the film, and she pants and screams a lot of the movie. George Clooney gives a decent performance, but once again his character is not that fleshed out and as a result I really don’t care about him.
Interstellar has much better acting, because you really do empathize and sympathize with the characters in the film, because of all the conflicts they have and the different experiences they have, making you care about them and what happens to them.
4. The Characters
In Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, the characters are fleshed out and very interesting. Starting with Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a widowed former astronaut who is struggling to provide for his kids while the Earth is dying and destroying all of the crops. Cooper’s ten-year old daughter, Murphy (Mackenzie Foy) is very close with her father and when Cooper realizes he needs to leave Murphy to help NASA find another habitable planet, Murphy fights her father telling him he cannot go and yelling and crying and begging him not to leave. This experience shapes the person Murphy will become throughout the film and you really feel for her, understanding why she would beg Cooper (her father) not to leave her. Murphy isn’t sure when or if she will see her father again, so she refuses to say goodbye to him, which adds to the scene and makes it that much more emotional and powerful. Cooper’s character is shaped by his experience travelling to different worlds trying to find a habitable planet for humanity. He is desperately trying to get back to his kids safely and you can tell the fact that he knows he may not return really scares him and gets to him at times.
In Gravity, the characters Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) are not fleshed out characters and are pretty cliche as well. Dr. Stone seems completely out of her depth as an astronaut and when she is in peril, she is completely useless. Kowalski is a veteran astronaut, who is on his final mission as he is about to retire, he doesn’t have much of a back-story and all we learn about him is that he likes to joke around and he wants his team to return home safely to Earth. The characters are anything but interesting and it takes you out of the film, because you don’t really care for the characters, which is a very sad thing.
Interstellar has much better characters than Gravity that are fleshed out and grow as a result of the challenges they are faced with and the experiences they have throughout the film.
3. Special Effects
In Interstellar the special effects and visuals are just breathtaking. The scenes where Cooper and his team of astronauts are travelling through the wormhole and to the different planets are just amazing and the CGI is seamless. You cannot even tell it is CGI, which is quite an accomplishment on the part of the special effects team.
In Gravity, the special effects are good, but I just do not think they compare to Interstellar. Interstellar is not just a film but a movie experience, that is quite incredible.
Interstellar has amazing special effects that are better than Gravity, that add to the whole experience of watching the film.
2. The Pacing
In Interstellar the pacing is good, there are slow parts, but that is needed because you need to take a breather from the intense scenes. We get enough time with the characters, being introduced to the characters, before we are thrust into the action. There are some slow parts with dialogue, but it gives us more information about the story, and the characters’ motivations.
In Gravity the pacing is okay, it starts out slow, then slowly things start to take a turn for the worse (in terms of all the things that go wrong and put both Dr. Stone and Kowalski in danger). Once things go bad for the characters, it becomes non-stop intense action for awhile, before slowing down again.
Interstellar has better pacing than Gravity, finding the right balance of intense action and slow scenes that give us more information on the characters and their motivations, which is great considering it’s long running time (169 minutes).
1. The Music/Score
The music in Interstellar is just incredible and captures the whole mood and atmosphere of the film perfectly. Hans Zimmer has crafted a score that captures the essence of space exploration, being able to capture the idea of what lies beyond our own understanding and what lies beyond our own universe. The score itself has a very haunting, but yet hopeful sound, almost as if saying that humanity will survive, and find shelter amongst the stars. Hans Zimmer uses an organ in his musical score for the film and it really gives the film this hauntingly beautiful sound that really adds to the film, especially the emotional scenes. The score is magnificent and really makes Interstellar that much more enjoyable and engaging. I for one am in love with the soundtrack.
The music in Gravity isn’t anything special, it doesn’t grab your attention like Hans Zimmer’s score in Interstellar and doesn’t add anything to the movie. I didn’t even notice the music to be quite honest.
Interstellar has a far superior soundtrack than Gravity, and Hans Zimmer takes a hold of you with his score and doesn’t let you go until the very end of the film. He is able to convey the dire circumstances that the Earth is dying and humanity must find a new home or they will face extinction, while also offering hope to humanity and the possibility of them finding a new home out amongst the stars.
Well this concludes My Top 6 Reasons Interstellar is a Better Film Than Gravity!
What say you do you agree/disagree with my reasons? Have you seen Interstellar/Gravity? If so, what did you think? Whatever your thoughts let me know!