Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 70%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Daft Punk
Romanthony
Todd Edwards
DJ Sneak.
Directors
Kazuhisa Takenouchi.
Screenwriters
Thomas Bangalter
Guy-Manuel De Homem Christo
Cedric Hervet
Daft Punk.
Running Time
68 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Last Knights
2 Star Empire Rating
Child 44
2 Star Empire Rating
Sixteen
3 Star Empire Rating
Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance
3 Star Empire Rating
Last Five Years, The
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Still Alice
5 Star Empire Rating
Les Miserables
5 Star Empire Rating
Duke Of Burgundy, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Whiplash
5 Star Empire Rating
Sweet Smell of Success
5 Star Empire Rating

Interstella 5555
Japanese animator Leiji Matsumoto brings French dance duo Daft Punk's script conceived around the album Discovery to the screen.


submit to reddit


Plot
A group of musicians are kidnapped by an evil Pete Waterman figure, who repackages them and takes them to Earth where they become an instant success.


Review
While making their 2001 album Discovery, French dance duo Daft Punk conceived the idea of creating a cartoon around the album, and, after writing their own script, commissioned Japanese animator Leiji Matsumoto (who created Space Pirate Captain Harlock, among other not-too-widely-known animes) to bring their vision to the screen.

Though the pop world in-jokes will raise a smile, the film fails to appeal to a wider audience as the plot and graphic style are reminiscent of second-rate, Battle Of The Planets-style '70s kids TV. As Discovery plays out in perfect chronology, the (dialogue-free) events on screen seem to bear no relation to the music which supposedly inspired them.


Verdict
Fine if you like the band - you'll be treated to some cartoons playing over the top of their Discovery album. For everyone else, just daft.


Reviewed by Nick Dawson

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Interstella 5555
Empire Star Rating

Bullcrap.

"the plot and graphic style are reminiscent of second-rate, Battle Of The Planets-style '70s kids TV." Congratulations, you just insulted Daft Punk, their childhood hero childhood hero Leiji Matsumoto, everyone who grew up with and loved those "Battle Of The Planets-style '70s kids TV" shows, and any number of other people. It's cool that you thought the video doesn't appeal to a wide audience, you're probably right. But comments like that? Bullcrap. Not professional. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Yoonk at 09:35, 26 April 2013 | Report This Post


Two stars? What? This film is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Whoever wrote this review obvious just didn't like Daft Punk... ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by jackstarr at 22:00, 19 July 2012 | Report This Post


Amazing

Yeah I like the music. Sue me. It's like 2001 without the pretense. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by jcallan at 22:10, 20 July 2009 | Report This Post



CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The 15 Most Controversial Alternate Endings
How some of your favourite films could have finished...

80 Of The Best Movie Star Adverts
From Sly Stallone selling bread to Hugh Jackman dancing for Ice Tea

Showrunner Matthew Weiner Reveals 7 Mad Men Secrets
The truth about The Beatles and that lawnmower

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Breakdown
Everything you need to know about the second teaser

Podcast #157: Alan Rickman
From A Little Chaos to Die Hard and back again

From Hell! 22 Stalker Psychodramas
From fatal attractions to single white females

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon On The Town That Dreaded Sundown
The American Horror Story director on his cult slasher remake

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 70%
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)