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Title:A Fantasy in Sci-Fi's Clothing: Interstellar and the Liberation of Magic from Genre
Author(s):Koh, James
Subject(s):undergraduate research journals
undergraduate work
science fiction
fantasy
interstellar
Christopher Nolan
magic
science
religion
popular culture
film
space
Abstract:In his film Interstellar (2014) Christopher Nolan depicts an outer space filled with black holes, gravitational phenomenon, ghosts, and tesseracts. As the protagonist ventures into space to find a new habitable planet, he encounters incredible scientific challenges, moral dilemmas, and religious questions. Religion and morality are established themes in space films and in science fiction, and the film was largely acknowledged for its attempts to grapple with larger ontological and religious questions. However, the film is often overlooked for its magical elements. Interstellar is largely a fantasy film but is also incredibly rich in science fictional tropes and themes. In this essay, I will argue that Interstellar can be reduced to neither a fantasy film nor a science fiction one, and that the complex relationship between science and magic are explored in a unique and artistically valuable way.
Issue Date:2016
Genre:Article
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/94917
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 James Koh
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-12-19


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