Christopher Nolan: ‘Interstellar’ More Akin to ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Than Batman Movies

The enigma that is the space odyssey “Interstellar” will get solved when the film hits theaters in November, but until then, Christopher Nolan has revealed a few clues.

The director divulged in a cover story for Entertainment Weekly that the movie is more comparable to the Stanley Kubrick classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” than his own Batman films. Unlike his “Dark Knight” trilogy, Nolan insists that “Interstellar” can be experienced on its own, independently of the characters. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and Casey Affleck are among the actors who bring the characters to life.

“This is the first film I have made where the actual experience of the film is paramount to the audience,” Nolan told EW. “You would think that’s the case with Batman movies, but it’s not. They’re more dependent on the reaction of characters on screen. ‘Interstellar’ is different. It harkens back to the direct experience films of ‘2001,’ where you’re not just experiencing it through the characters, you are lost in it.”

Nolan also told the mag the the film is akin to “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” in the sense that it focuses on human nature.

“The film is about human nature, what it means to be human,” he said. “It sounds like a very grand statement, but I don’t intend it to be. I mean it in the way, say, ‘Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ is about dramatizing ideas of human nature. When you take an audience far away from human experience as possible, you wind up focusing very tightly on human nature and how we are connected to each other. What the film tries to do is to be very honest in that appraisal.”

“Interstellar” hits theaters on Nov. 5.

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