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I had the luck of attending a screening of "Interstellar".
I don't work in the business, but the LA people can probably piece together what my profession is and what theatre I attended. Heard there will be some more screenings to come and heard talk about NY screenings.
I'll say this:
Jurassic Park, Titanic, Return of the King, The Dark Knight. Interstellar will be a cinematic event on the scale of those movies. This is a movie that both the critics and public will rave about. Nolan pushes every right button and the result is gonna be not only box-office success but a serious run for the Oscar. Interstellar will be the movie to beat this year and I can say that with 100% confidence. It's a movie for young and old, male and female. It's the closest I've seen a sci-fi flick being to pure Oscar-material and I never thought Nolan would win an Oscar but now everything is pointing to that. The hype and whispering that goes around right now in the business has reached The Dark Knight-level and it came from nowhere.
The film is Nolan's best since Memento and it is not even close. Really can't go into much details but it is non-chronological and the biggest changes from the script are apparently the structure and scenes in space (haven't read the original, heard from others). It's a lot more twisted than what Nolan has said in the press but at the same time it is quite an easy narrative.
Two scenes got big gasps at my screening. One is a smash-cut (it's not what you think, it's as un-Kubrick as you can get and yet absolutely perfect within the context) and the other is a surprise cameo which was my favorite part of the entire movie. I'm betting 90% of the public doesn't even know he's in the movie.