Friday, 5 December 2014

Review: Interstellar - Beyond Time and Space by Mark Cotta Vaz

Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Hardcover
Released: November 7th, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

Documenting the making of Christopher Nolans Interstellar in fascinating detail. Featuring interviews with the acclaimed director, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, and key cast, with candid pictures from the set, the book will also focus on scientist Kip Thorne, whose revelatory theories about the nature of time and space inspired the movies narrative.


Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space is a fantastic look at Christopher Nolan's new film that needs to be read by everyone with even a passing interest in his new sci-fi epic. It starts off well with a foreword by Nolan himself, before presenting pages of beautiful film stills and memorable artwork.

Split into two parts - Mission of Survival and Interstellar Voyage - this book takes the reader on a grand filmmaking journey that will blow your mind. The accessible accompanying text covers basically everything, from ideas to theories to the actual making of the movie itself. Interestingly the script went through many changes before Nolan came on board, and his vision most definitely shaped what Interstellar eventually became. Without him I don't know what it would have ended up like!

The cast and crew also feature quite heavily, with their own section and quotes from all the main players. I particularly enjoyed the unusual insight into creating believable dust storms, as well as the storyboards, musical experiments chapter and plethora of behind the scenes images, some of which I'm guessing are exclusive to this book. There's also a fascinating section on Interstellar's science and Kip Thorne's involvement in this side of things, which really is as interesting as it sounds.

Overall, Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space is a worthy addition to any film fan's growing library. It's full of information and brilliant images, but it finely balances the line and doesn't have too much of one or the other. It's a very well-presented book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, and I think anyone will enjoy just flicking through the pages and delighting in all the sci-fi space images presented. It's a fitting companion book for a film that critics have lauded "beautiful to behold"!

1 comment:

Ryan said...

I got the novelisation of the film and cannot wait to read it!