Last night I saw Interstellar and loved it. It further cements Christopher Nolan’s reputation as one of our finest filmmakers.

There was one weird creative decision that I didn’t understand. Why, through so much of the movie, was there a three-year-old child screaming in the background? In the early scenes, I guess it made sense: there could have simply been a screaming three-year-old somewhere in their house. But later in the film, they’re out in space, and the film still had that bratty little kid in the background! Why? What was Nolan trying to say? Will it be addressed in the deleted scenes on the Blu-Ray?

Again, it was an excellent movie. I just don’t get why filmmakers would add the sounds of a horribly behaved child to scenes where, logistically, it made no sense. Maybe it was just too deep for me.

EDIT: Some readers have suggested that the kid was, in fact, in the movie theater and not part of the actual film. C’mon, readers…really? Do you really think that parents would bring a three-year-old child to a late-night showing of Interstellar and just let the kid wail away? Let’s be realistic.


4 Responses to “Interstellar”

  1. mjennings Says:

    I think Nolan was attempting to channel Altman, who had a love for background chatter in all of his films. However, Altman didn’t incorporate children crying, just the occasional adult whinging about something adult-ish, something dreadfully boring. Anyway, the child crying could’ve also been symbolic, representing McConaughey’s character’s inner child wanting to ride the giant tidal wave on that one planet (I sense a Waterworld link!) instead of having to consider the fate of the human race.

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  2. Christopher Says:

    I think the child represents a subtle recognition of the perfection of nature, a la a Romanticist/Transcendentalist philosophy. Especially due to the climate change oriented political undertones, the child is a connection to Transcendentalism. Transcendentalism deified youth and nature, and thus through a string of perfectly logical connections, Nolan is clearly endorsing Transcendentalism.

    Any questions?


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