If I could sum this movie up in one word, it would be: intense. I was biting my nails, gripping my arm rests, and straining my eyes trying not to cry, through much of the movie.
The pacing in Intersteller is almost flawlessly stressful. Although it was easily 2 hours long, it never dragged. That said, it was a slow movie, taking plenty of time to introduce the eerily possible “present” of the movie, where the Earth is locked in a dust bowl that may very well be the end for humanity. As the movie ramps up, you’re as invested as any of the characters.
The world feels very, very real, in that dirty, mundane way. Even the shiner later stuff has that tarnished, desperate veneer that keeps it feeling more realistic than flashier movies. Using music (and silence) perfectly, Christopher Nolan created a gripping, often uncomfortable atmosphere. It feels like the 2001: A Space Odyssey for this generation.
I saw this in a regular theater, but if you have a chance to see it in an Imax, jump at it; I bet it’s amazing!