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The Real Reason You Can't Hear The Dialogue In Interstellar, According To Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan is one of the most recognizable filmmakers working today. While he's dabbled in a few genres, he is arguably most well-known for his "Dark Knight" trilogy, superhero films that focus on the legendary Batman character. As a director, Nolan's films have grossed a staggering $4.9 billion worldwide (via The Numbers).

However, there have been many complaints over the years from various critics over how inaudible some of Nolan's dialogue is when compared to the music score and action sequences (via The Guardian). These complaints popped up especially for "Interstellar," Nolan's science-fiction space epic, but they've also continued with his latest film, "Tenet." It's hard not to wonder why this issue has seemingly continued to plague Nolan's films, especially given that he's clearly a world-class director who understands his craft. As it turns out, Nolan himself has an explanation for why you can't hear the dialogue in "Interstellar" and his other movies.

Christopher Nolan says that all of his sound design choices are deliberate

During an interview with the Independent in 2014, Christopher Nolan essentially shrugged off the criticism over sound design choices in "Interstellar," especially the concern that the dialogue was inaudible. "People always look for something to complain about," Nolan said. He went on to say that every decision he makes during the production of a film is deliberate and carefully considered. "I fully accept and have no problem with people not liking something," Nolan added. "But they should never try to imply that I don't know what I am doing or I haven't done it carefully – because I have!"

Nolan's line of thinking hasn't changed over the years either. In the book "The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan" by Tom Shone, Nolan further defended his sound choices, saying that it shocked him that not only audiences but also his fellow filmmakers could be so narrow-minded when it comes to sound mixing choices. Whether one agrees with him or not, it's clear that Nolan refuses to compromise on the creative vision he has for his films, and there's almost something admirable in that.