I’ve spent a lot of energy decrying lazy critiques of Interstellar. After two viewings, there was nothing that confused me; everything fit perfectly. Except one thing. After well over 30 viewings, it still vexes me. And I’ve never seen it discussed among Interstellar fans.
Every hour on Miller’s planet is 7 years on Earth. If 23 earth years pass between Cooper’s departure and return, that means he is on Miller’s planet for just over 3 hours. Yet the events on Miller’s planet, which are presented from start to finish in “real time,” last only a few minutes.
Additionally, CASE informs Cooper that it will take 45 minutes to 1 hour to drain the water from the engines. This is immediately followed by Cooper’s and Brand’s argument, which—again—seems to occur in real time. As soon as the argument is over, CASE reveals that they still need “a minute or two” for the engines. That was fast!
Are we meant to infer that these scenes do not happen in real time? There’s nothing in the filmmaking to suggest a time lapse to me. However, I can’t conceive of another explanation.
Help a guy out. This is killin’ me, people.