Before you start yelling at me and calling me names, hear me out. I'm not saying the two are on par with each other or anything like that. Yet. I'm simply saying that Interstellar just may be this generation's 2001: A Space Odyssey. I believe that 2001 is a far superior film, but that doesn't mean Interstellar is bad. It's not. God, I gave it my second highest rating for goodness sake. But they are similar. Very similar, in fact. To begin with, Interstellar took a lot of inspiration from 2001 and that shows. There's certain homages to it in Interstellar, which a film buff like me nerded out to. They're one of the same.
Both films bring with them a memorable robot side-kick, of sorts. Granted, this is an odd point, but would I be lying? There's no denying that they both suspiciously have a likeable robot. Well, HAL was likeable until he becomes murderous and psychotic, but even then he's a damn awesome character. In Interstellar we have TARS, who is essentially a large chunk of metal with a humour setting at 75% and an honesty setting at 95%. This is a mild spoiler, but TARS stays good until the end, so that's a one-up on HAL, I guess.
Now, the ending. Of course, this is where I'll be forced to head down spoiler territory, just like I predicted way back when. If you haven't seen either Interstellar or 2001 then you're going to have to, and not just so you can join in with this debate. They're both essential viewings in my eyes and they're both utter mindf**ks. Yep, both third acts just completely muddle with your mind, although more so for 2001. Interstellar's ending reveals that Cooper was Murph's ghost and that he was also the one who planted the wormhole for the people of Earth to explore. I initially deemed it stupid, but after considerable thought I actually really like it. Sure, it's illogical, but so is 2001's ending. Unlike Interstellar, 2001 doesn't explain its ending to you. You just sit and watch like it's nobody's business. We see our hero, Dave, floating away through a bunch of changeable colours, followed by him waking up in a room, eating some food, finding an older version of himself and then turning into a giant baby. Trust me, it's better than it sounds. Both Interstellar and 2001 leave you with something to think about. Plus they're both amazing pieces of cinema that deserve to be seen on the big screen. Technologically, they're similar as well. So yes, I do think that Interstellar is the next 2001: A Space Odyssey. Happy? I am.