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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a movie that has inspired a crazy amount of debate since it was released a couple of weeks ago. Big and ambitious in every way, viewers have fallen all over the spectrum in regards to how they feel about film, and whether certain element work for them or not. Problematic as it may be, one thing everyone agrees on is that it is an absolutely stunning movie to watch, especially on an IMAX screen. A couple of new fan made posters have surfaced, and while they capture the gorgeous visual nature of Interstellar, they also cleverly touch on some of the more puzzling elements of the film as well.
If you haven’t already seen Interstellar, which you really should—despite the major flaws in and problems in many areas—there may be some spoilers beyond this point. We’ll try to keep it to a minimum, but better safe than sorry. But if you have seen the film, you’ll recognize what these images are trying to communicate immediately.
These posters are the product of artist Edgar Ascensão, and while they appear at first glance to be simple, minimalistic affairs, those of you who have watched Interstellar know that there is something much more complex going on here. They touch on key points of the plot, including the bookshelf, time, Morse code, a space ship, and Matthew McConaughey’s watch.
There’s a stark, layered elegance to these pieces, full of important images from the film. The first poster uses Morse code and books to spell out an important message that Cooper (McConaughey) sends to his daughter Murph (Jessica Chastain grown up, Mackenzie Foy as a child) from the fifth dimension. That’s where those delicate threads of color come into the picture. You’ll also notice that the sassy, sarcastic robot TARS makes an appearance, hidden among the books on one of the shelves, lurking like a weirdo.
Time is, of course, a major theme in Interstellar, and Cooper also uses the link between his watch and Murph’s in an attempt to communicate, again via Morse code. This second poster includes the minute, second, and hour hands of the watch, as well as the spaceship Endurance, which they use to travel through a wormhole.
Interstellar is currently in theaters now, and though it’s earned more than $335 million dollars world wide, it has underperformed domestically in regards to the lofty expectations. Part of this has to do with tepid reviews, but you have to imagine that it also has something to do with the fact that its 169 minutes long, which, especially for your average moviegoer, might be something of a deterrent. This doesn’t exactly strike the populist chord that Nolan’s Dark Knight movies did.