Christopher Nolan has responded to criticism against his latest film, Interstellar. The science-fiction mind bender has divided critics and audiences, and Nolan says it’s fine, really.

Nolan gave an interview to The Daily Beast, saying he is fine with his films being held to a “weirdly high standard.” The acclaimed director went to great lengths to make the science of his science fiction as realistic as possible, even bringing in physicist Kip Thorne as a consultant.

Here is an excerpt from Nolan’s interview with the Beast:

“My films are always held to a weirdly high standard for those issues that isn’t applied to everybody else’s films—which I’m fine with. People are always accusing my films of having plot holes, and I’m very aware of the plot holes in my films and very aware of when people spot them, but they generally don’t. Those issues are all buttoned-up, and Kip has a book on the science of the film about what’s real, and what’s speculation—because much of it is, of course, speculation. There have been a bunch of knee-jerk tweets by people who’ve only seen the film once, but to really take on the science of the film, you’re going to need to sit down with the film for a bit and probably also read Kip’s book. I know where we cheated in the way you have to cheat in movies, and I’ve made Kip aware of those things.”

Interstellar is most certainly not scientifically accurate, but the fact that this ambitious epic is drawing so much analysis may have been the idea. Recently, the film was praised by Neil DeGrasse Tyson for its theories on gravity and it’s interpretation of black holes.

This past weekend, Interstellar came in second at box office, bringing in almost $50 million. The second-place finish and lower box office than what was anticipated is due mostly to the fact that the almost three hour run time limits screening opportunities.

[photo credit: Miguel Angel Aranda (Viper)]

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