The New ‘Interstellar’ Trailer Isn’t Meant to Save the World

By  · Published on May 16th, 2014

Paramount Pictures

Some people just wanna watch the world burn. Christopher Nolan might be one of them.

It’s been almost half a year since our last tease, but this new Interstellar trailer gives the full force of the fire. Our wonderful planet is doomed, so the only hope for humanity is to find a new place to live. That’s where engineering whiz Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a visionary played by Michael Caine come into the picture. Yet while the larger focus is traveling to another star, Cooper is tethered to this planet by his daughter Murphy (Mackenzie Foy).

Check out the trailer for yourself:

Big and epic with an out-of-context edge toward the schmaltzy. What the trailer only barely hints at is the full throttle cast at work here. Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, William Davane, Topher Grace, and on and on. This is either a rounded ensemble operation or even the smallest roles are played by top shelf talent.

The other fascinating element here is Nolan’s partnership with DP Hoyte Van Hoytema – who also DPed Her, Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and others. Wally Pfister, of course, was off making his directorial debut, which necessitated bringing in a new cinematographer, and the look here echoes a classic John Seale, Witness vibe. A great big sun, sprawling fields and a lot of oxygen. It might be the brightest Nolan movie ever.

That’s really the bottom line – a new Nolan movie. Another large-scale, bigthink Nolan movie. Get ready.

Interstellar is in theaters November 7th.

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