Not a great morning for “Interstellar” or Paramount. The review embargo just lifted. This is not “Gravity.” Reviews are mixed, even the good ones. The Christopher Nolan film is running at 60% so far on Rotten Tomatoes. Even the reviews that gave it a red tomato (meaning a pass vs. fail) read not so glowingly.
Paramount sort of did this movie backwards, creating antipathy before the film premiered. I’m not sure why it went this way. Even Anne Thompson is writing on Playlist that it’s not a likely Best Picture nominee. And she’s right. The Academy usually feels that big box office is enough of a reward for these kinds of space operas.
My favorite quote so far is from Devin Faraci, a blogger: “It’s a movie designed for people who watched the bedroom sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey and wished there was more exposition about who built the room, how, why and what thread count was on that bed.”