Christopher Nolan Addresses 'Interstellar' Sound Issues & Swears He Meant It to Sound Like That


It must be a special kind of feeling to have to make a public declaration that that thing that's got people confused and/or complaining in your major blockbuster film was on purpose, you guys, I swear. But that's exactly where Interstellar director Christopher Nolan is right now: Defending Interstellar 's sound mixing. Because if there's one thing we have to remember about Nolan it's that he may be the man behind some of the past two decades' most memorable blockbusters, but he got there in part because he considers himself a capital-a Artist, and for him that does not include playing it safe.

I have to admit that my theater either didn't follow through with Nolan's plans or I was just in a super oblivious place on the film's opening night, because I remember absolutely nothing about the sound for this movie. Regardless, though, a lot of other people did, and the issue Germain Lussier brings up in Slashfilm's exploration of the sound mix did make me remember how drowned-out the dialogue was in that first scene:

Now Nolan's confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that it was all intentional, and not some glitch:

It would arguably take multiple screenings to understand much of any of the details of Interstellar, so maybe it's fitting that the sound is among that cluster of things that lack clarity. It's certainly a risk, and we've barely even started the conversation about whether it's one that paid off, because people have been so caught up in assuming it was a mistake. This hilarious sign proves that:

Now that we know for certain that it was definitely intentional, we can talk about what this means for capital-c Cinema. And hey, do you think this could land Nolan an Oscar? What's the competition for the sound category like this year?