Seeing the stars: Interstellar and Now You See Me
by Toby Woollaston
Every so often you see a film that leaves you pondering its haunting premise for days after viewing, and Christopher Nolan’s (Memento, The Prestige, Inception) latest blockbuster is just that kind of film. Nolan appears to be confidently ensconced in this genre and commands a stellar (no pun intended) cast (McConaughey, Hathaway, Chastain, Damon, Caine … I could go on) who deliver predictably solid performances. The necessary technical expositions render it bereft of some soul, however, Interstellar is ultimately a satisfying and thought provoking film.
Now You See Me
Continuity issues, plot holes, and a laughably unimaginative musical score mar this potentially entertaining heist flick. Director Louis Leterrier (who is perhaps the antithesis of Nolan) appears to have no idea what he is doing. Or perhaps he just doesn’t care, content to throw a few tired formulaic tropes at the screen and see what sticks. Shame, because had this film been handled with more thought and care we might’ve received something special.