If you followed HitFix's coverage of Comic-Con, then you know we were extremely high on the new trailer presented for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar." Paramount managed to get the director down to the San Diego convention for the first time ever (he had somehow never bothered despite his involvement in one of the most popular superhero franchises to date), and the result, apparently, was sheer bliss for the attendees in Hall H. Well, today you can see the trailer for yourself (if you didn't already catch it in theaters over the weekend), and find out what all the fuss was about.
Happily, amid all the cosmos razzmatazz, the film is clearly focusing on the human element. "We used to look up in the sky and wonder about our place in the stars," Matthew McConaughey's character says. "Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt." With films like this and the upcoming "Mad Max: Fury Road" on the way, not to mention implications toyed with in other films like "Godzilla," the "cli-fi" genre is in full swing. Drought is significant in California as of late, food supply is always a concern (one that will be directly related to lack of water, of course) and these films are dealing with those and other issues in their own ways. That is when science fiction soars.
So yeah, I'm very excited for what this film will have to say thematically. I'm also, of course, very excited about the space travel this and that; McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and company seem to be exploring at least one foreign world here. November puts it right in the middle of awards season, so it will straddle that sweet spot between high concept entertainment and prestige craftsmanship, the place Nolan has occupied for much of his career.
Check out the new trailer embedded at the top of this post, with a little Dylan Thomas for good measure, and tell us what you think.