Call me a Christopher Nolan fan-boy, but it truly appears that this man can do no wrong. From his earliest outing with the fantastic independent film “Following,” straight on through “Memento” and “Insomnia,” the much lauded director had already made his mark on Hollywood well before the “Dark Knight Trilogy” was even a twinkle in his eye. By the time “The Prestige” and “Inception” came around, there was no disputing that Nolan had become THE director to be reckoned with.
A portion of Batman enthusiasts have made the judgment that “The Dark Knight Rises” was Nolan’s weakest film, though that’s fairly standard criticism that comes with capping off any trilogy. Though I don’t share that particular viewpoint, it’s still quite obvious that even the man’s weakest work is better than many directors’ strongest. Now the question is, coming off of that trilogy, can he continue forging his unique path of creativity in an industry that desperately needs it? If the latest trailer for “Interstellar” is any indication, the future looks good for Mr. Nolan. And given the numerous disappointments of formerly promising young talents like M. Night Shyamalan, who all but wrote his own ticket out of Hollywood, it’s all the more refreshing. Within only a matter of hours since appearing online, the flick’s new trailer had already surpassed 7 million views over the weekend.
It’s also refreshing to see a movie trailer that doesn’t tell us all that much. Christopher Nolan is famously secretive about all of his scripts, and most of his trailers tend to lean more towards the cryptic side. It is, in essence, a much needed throwback to the days when YouTube didn’t exist, and we only learned about upcoming films by seeing their teasers revealed inside an actual theater. Though times have changed drastically since then, it’s kind of nice to see that spirit of excitement and discovery honored in some way.
The YouTube synopsis for “Interstellar,” which is based on scientific theories by Kip Thorne, is as follows: “A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.” Also, from the film’s website: “In the future, governments and economies across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, NASA is no more, and the 20th Century is to blame. A mysterious rip in spacetime opens and it’s up to whatever is left of NASA to explore and offer up hope for mankind.”
Say no more…and consider my ticket purchased. “Interstellar” opens this November, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine.
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