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Why does Interstellar seem so familiar?

Sure, Interstellar is all sciencey and mindblowing. But it’s been influenced by everything from Friends to Harry Potter. Don’t believe me? Here’s proof.

brunch Updated: Apr 07, 2015 18:43 IST
Rachel Lopez
Rachel Lopez
Hindustan Times

Sure, Interstellar is all sciencey and mindblowing. But it’s been influenced by everything from Friends to Harry Potter. Don’t believe me? Here’s proof

(Warning: Spoilers ahead. Don’t read if you haven’t watched the movie)

Our hero is a farmer who lives on a nowheresville farm with his two kids and used to have another job. Just like Mel Gibson in Signs (2002).


Murphy’s dad is gone, but he loved science so she becomes a scientist. And a new dimension reunites them. But Jodie Foster did that in Contact (1997) already!

This astronaut just wants to go home to his motherless kids, dammit! Didn’t Dom Cobb also have that problem in Inception (2010)?



The humans get help from the beyond, but it’s actually just their future selves. Remember who sent Harry that patronus in the Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)?

Murphy is a kid at the start and is very old by the end. Dad stays adult for the emo climax. Déjà vu from The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009), in which the lead pair does same thing, with lots of sex.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/11/1611brpg4i.jpgSomebody messes with the spaceship’s airlock. OMG, that’s just like Gravity (2013), but worse.

The Dylan Thomas poem, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, which holds the film together? High school students read it, connected it to Bob Dylan, and won Dylan-Dylan contest in Dangerous Minds (1995)!


So general relativity says one person might age slower than the other? Joey Tribbiani in his crazy play in Friends: "I’m gonna get on this spaceship and go to Blangon 7 ... And when I return, 200 years from now, you’ll be long gone. But I won’t have aged at all."

Some guy has been left on a very cold planet for a very long time. Spock, thank God Jim Kirk found you in Star Trek (2009)

TARS, the robot, is wittier than any of the human cast. You could say he does for Interstellar what C3PO did for Star Wars (1977) with aplomb.

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First Published: Nov 15, 2014 14:58 IST