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Why We Need Films Like Interstellar...

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There will always be time and a place for going to the movies. No matter how many articles you read about us becoming a culture of "On-Demand Homebodies", nothing will escape the experience of going into a theater and being engulfed by the silver-screen. It will be a part of our world as long as there are date nights, family outings and of course blockbusters. 

Yes, blockbusters. The films that everyone sees and become the talk of the water-cooler. The movies that make you want to avoid the internet if you don't see it the first weekend for fear of *spoilers*. It's a part of our culture and why we seem to get hit over the head with movie after movie during the summer and holiday seasons. Take a look at a list of some films that came out this spring and summer:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Maleficent
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Godzilla
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Rio 2
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Giver
  • The Maze Runner

What do they all have in common? They're all adaptations, sequels, or both. It isn't hard to notice that the majority of high-budget studio films have not come from an original screenplay. In fact, there seems to be only one blockbuster "from scratch" that manages to squeak by a year.

That's why we need films like Interstellar. You'd be remiss to think that we should only get our original stories from independent cinema. Yes, you can argue that Christopher Nolan has contributed to our superhero gluttony problem. His Batman trilogy has also kicked off the dark and brooding movement that seems to be invading our films lately. But he has consistently given us an original film every few years. And in true Nolan fashion, they are big and fantastical as any movie about a guy in a cape with a hero's complex.

The plots and themes of Nolan's original work is also far much more interesting than anything you can find in The Dark Knight Trilogy. Whether it's Nolan, Zack Snyder or Tim Burton, you can only do so much with the character of Bruce Wayne in order to stay true to comic book vigilante. However the characters that Nolan has created in Interstellar, Inception and The Prestige can be whatever they're capable of being because we are seeing them for the first time and will probably never see them again. We can project whatever we want onto them and then be done with it when the film is over, never having to wonder what we'll see happen next.

So it's because of that I hope Interstellar makes a ton of money. It's why I'll always root for Gravity, Super 8, Elysium and District 9 (Why are they all Sci-Fi movies?). The majority of the films that premiere at your favorite little-known film festival are for a specific audience and will not reach everyone. Interstellar will and despite how you feel about it, wouldn't you rather have 3 of those a year to go along with your annual Stan Lee adaptations?