Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Observable

The family and I finally saw Interstellar (2014) a few days ago.  I'm sure this bit is probably the part that gave rise to the most negative hits in the reviews ("oh, great hard sci-fi, great special effects, but what was thaaat?").

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLS7e-1nL08
Too short a clip to be a spoiler, I suppose.

Forget those reviewers.  Best part of the movie, I say.  Or, rather, I said?  Those specific ideas have been rattling around in my head for the past few years, is what I'm saying.


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  1. Haven't seen it. I should probably get on that.

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  2. Yeah, that's really the key scene of the whole movie. That's where the whole meaning of the movie is summarised in one minute. I remember thinking "Is he really doing this? There will be so many outraged reviews."

    But I really like the self-awareness of how ridiculous it sounds and the other characters are just stunned in disbelieve and don't even bother to argue with her anymore.

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    1. Ha... yes, internal to the movie, it's not like anyone else is saying "Whoa, so deep, Amelia." I'm just glad the thought got fully-formed and presented. It needs to be out there.

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  3. The only part of this scene that I found disappointing was that they didn't have the guts to say "God" instead of "higher dimension."

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    1. Yeah, I get it. Pretty much everything we see in the movie could be described by the term "higher dimensions." :-) But I also think the G-word would concretize things a bit too much in the minds of most viewers. They'd either reject it outright or file it away as that thing they're already familiar with.(*) Keeping it vague and otherworldly seems the right road to take, but yeah, I wish they'd found a less clunky term.

      (*) Okay, maybe not someone familiar with Aquinas or Spinoza... or Dante... "L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle."

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