I saw Interstellar yesterday, and liked it a lot. Hey, I have an 8-year-old daughter who is inquisitive and an explorer, and I adore her. Like for Andrew, the father-daughter aspects of this movie hit home for me in powerful ways. Of course, I also have a twelve-year-old son, so like the unnamed critic Peter references, I thought Coop treated his son poorly. Although, he did name the grandson "Coop," so I don't see that he minded all that much.
In its grandeur and preference for "hard" sci-fi, Interstellar obviously draws from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Contact. It lacks the frenetic, roller-coaster feeling of Gravity, but deals with similar themes of loneliness and isolation. I guess a big difference there is that Gravity utilizes touches of the Divine to soften the isolation, whereas Interstellar sees no one out there but us, and so the isolation drives its characters crazy. Some of the design elements harken to Star Wars. But the movie I thought of the most in connection with Interstellar is Frequency. Where Frequency was a father-son sci-fi thriller, Interstellar is a father-daughter epic drama. But both rely on time-delayed communications between the father and his child, both deal with characters who grew up without a father and now having the chance to reconnect with him, and both play with questions of watching your kid grow up before your eyes while you stay young.
I'm glad I saw it, three-hour runtime notwithstanding. I found the ending dumb and cludgy, but thought most of the film was successful in what it was trying to accomplish.