Any new Christopher Nolan movie is worth celebrating. If the director of “Memento,” “The Prestige,” and the Dark Knight trilogy wanted to make a film about a painted fence slowly drying, I’d probably be the first in line, wearing a thematically appropriate T-shirt. And Nolan seems to be the best, the most unencumbered, when he’s working on original material, like the genuinely mind-blowing “Inception,” a movie so trippy and odd that you practically floated out of the theater.
Well, King Nolan is back, with “Interstellar,” a tale of deep space exploration, the time space continuum, and the velvety softness of Matthew McConaughey‘s voice. While the teaser was intriguing, it didn’t offer much in the way of actual plot details (or even of conveying a mood or tone); this new trailer does, and then some. It’s a brilliant little jewel in its own right, equal parts mind-blowing adventure and heartbreaking family drama, and, scored to a gorgeous piece of music from Dario Marianelli’s “V for Vendetta” score (thanks The Film Stage), just might make you cry.
The trailer starts out with McConaughey following a surveillance drone through some cornfields. He then seems to be interrogated, or at least sternly talked to, by David Oyelowo, who seems to be putting a particular bit of importance not on the fact that McConaughey is a pilot and engineer, but that he’s also a farmer. The movie is set in a world that has dried up; there are some staggering shots of Dust Bowl-style dust clouds rolling across the landscape.
“We must face the reality that nothing on our solar system can help us,” says Michael Caine, in full-on Nolan mentor role (yet again). The proposition: to go beyond the solar system, in order to rekindle humanity. When McConaughey asks Caine how he intends on saving the world, Caine says, “We’re not meant to save the world. We’re meant to leave it.” McConaughey telling his kids goodbye is genuinely heart tugging and the visuals are a nifty combination of shock and awe: space travelers being submerged in goo, an amazing spaceship design unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and images of deep, deep, incredibly deep space. The final image appears to be the spaceship spinning into a black hole, which… Wow.
When “Interstellar,” which also co-stars Jessica Chastain (glimpsed briefly in the trailer), Anne Hathaway (ditto), Matt Damon, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, and Wes Bentley, opens on November 7th, it might be like “2001” with heart.