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5 Big Reasons Why 'Interstellar' Will Not Disappoint You

5 Big Reasons Why 'Interstellar' Will Not Disappoint You
Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in Interstellar. (Paramount Pictures)Writer/director Christopher Nolan's latest big budget thriller, Interstellar, has a divisive ending. But that doesn't mean it's not worth seeing. Even if you come away from the theater hating how the film resolves itself, you'll probably still feel pretty good about the movie overall. There's more than enough creativity, technical brilliance, and beautiful imagery to satisfy most any amateur critic. Still skeptical? Here are five big reasons why Interstellar is worth the dough:

[Warning: Small spoilers and plot details, like descriptions of settings, are mentioned.]

1. Full Scale and Miniature Model Spacecrafts Were Used, Not Special Effects
The connecting theme of Nolan's work is his devotion to creating movies that feel real. In Interstellar, the director carried that notion into the design process of the space station and shuttles used in the film. "For me, the starting point of the movie is a familiar Earth. We didn't put a lot of futurism in the designs," says Nolan. "I wanted to carry that tone into the spacecraft, not jump too far in the future." Nolan and his production designer, Nathan Crowley, constructed detailed models, like in Star Wars, for some exteriors and they even built full scale versions of the ships for landing sequences. Along with Star Wars, Nolan has cited 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien, and Blade Runner as inspirations.

5 Big Reasons Why 'Interstellar' Will Not Disappoint You
5 Big Reasons Why 'Interstellar' Will Not Disappoint You
The shuttle and space station used in Interstellar. (Paramount Pictures)
2. The Black Hole Shown in the Film is About as Accurate as You Can Get
The black hole shown in Interstellar took 30 people and over a thousand computers about a year to make. Astrophysicist Kip Thorne was brought in to consult and he used new mathematical codes to construct the vacuous region of spacetime. The effect is stunning. I won't ruin the film by describing what happens in the black hole scene, but it's unlike anything seen in sci-fi filmmaking before.

5 Big Reasons Why 'Interstellar' Will Not Disappoint You
Interstellar's black hole. (Paramount Pictures)3. There's an Ocean Planet and an Ice Planet
First, it's simply cool when films take us to distant planets. When Nolan does it, "cool" becomes an insulting understatement. In a galaxy far, far away, the astronauts of Interstellar investigate a number of worlds in the search for a new Earth. Two of these planets are worth the price of admission alone. The first is a completely water-covered sphere (maybe based on GJ 1214 b?) that churns out massive waves, putting A Perfect Storm to shame. And the second is a frosty, ice-covered planet that produces clouds made of ice. Filmed in Canada and Iceland, Nolan and his crew found otherworldly terrain right here on Earth. Some of it harkens back to the filmmaker's work in Insomnia, which was set in Alaska.

5 Big Reasons Why 'Interstellar' Will Not Disappoint You
5 Big Reasons Why 'Interstellar' Will Not Disappoint You
Hathaway (above) and the crew of the Endurance (below) in Interstellar. (Paramount Pictures)
4. Nolan Created a Virtual Reality for His Actors
Interstellar boasts eight Academy Award-nominated actors and all eight give grounded, true performances that further the emotional heartbeat of the drama. To help them along, Nolan went the extra mile on set to create a virtual reality for his actors to live in. A true environment is important to Nolan and is the chief reason his Dark Knight films feel so real. Even in Inception, the dream sequences are placed in realistic settings.

Nolan also created the film's visual effects in advance of shooting so he could project those images for the actors. When they looked outside their spacecrafts, they saw the dark of space instead of a green screen. Anne Hathaway, who plays astronaut Amelia Brand, told USA Today, "...When you see us looking out the window at a celestial body, there is a celestial body projected onto a screen outside a practical window. I don't know of any other filmmaker who can inspire people to do that."

5 Big Reasons Why 'Interstellar' Will Not Disappoint You
Nolan and McConaughey talk Interstellar on set. (Paramount Pictures)5. Hoyte Van Hoytema
For the first time in his career, Nolan used a Director of Photography not named Wally Pfister (who was busy directing Transcendence). Enter Hoyte van Hoytema, the eye behind Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In, as well as The Fighter and Her. In short, Van Hoytema's work is awe-inspiring. The shots of the celestial bodies (especially Saturn) will take you there, and the cinematographer did it with old fashioned ingenuity. Under the careful eye of Nolan, who used more IMAX shots in this movie than any of his others, Van Hoytema modified an existing IMAX cam to make it handheld for certain interiors. He also installed an IMAX cam in the nose cone of a Learjet for some of the space sequences. 

5 Big Reasons Why 'Interstellar' Will Not Disappoint You
Nolan on the set of Interstellar. (Paramount Pictures)
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