In space, no one can hear you scream. Even when that scream is, “It’s finally here!”
Interstellar tells the story of a team of astronauts and scientists racing to save the human race from extinction by finding other planets to colonize. Is it a stellar time or a black hole? Well, let’s take a look at the trailer and find out.
So who stars in this movie? Matthew McConnaughey of Dallas Buyers Club is our hero Cooper. Anne Hathaway of Les Miserables is fellow adventurer Amelia. Jessica Chastain of Zero Dark Thirty is Cooper’s daughter, Murph, and Michael Caine of The Dark Knight trilogy plays Professor Brand. The director is Christopher Nolan, who has directed some of the smartest and best films of recent decades, including the aforementioned Dark Knight trilogy and Inception. If this film is in the same vein, we could be looking at an awesome experience.
The trailer begins with Cooper looking out at his dust-covered farm. “We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars,” he says. “Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.” Your place is about two steps to the left. There, I’ve solved your problem for you; nothing to worry about anymore. A rocket countdown begins, and a baseball game is interrupted by a dust cloud that looks like the eleventh plague of Egypt. Everyone puts on dust masks, but Michael Caine tells us “nothing in our solar system can help us.” Sounds like it’s time to call in the Guardians of the Galaxy!
Cooper tells the professor he has kids and wants to know how long he’ll be gone, but Michael Caine simply tells him to trust him. After Inception and The Prestige, he knows everything there is to know about fathers being separated from their children in a Chris Nolan movie. We flash back and forth between the rocket launch and Cooper saying goodbye to his kids, including Murph, who’s upset because she doesn’t know when or if she’ll ever see her dad again. Apparently Facetime doesn’t work outside Earth’s orbit.
“Couldn’t you have told her you were going to save the world?” Amelia asks. “No,” Cooper replies. “When you become a parent, one thing becomes really clear, and that is that you want to make sure your children feel safe.” Yeah, I’m sure she feels safe being abandoned by her father without an honest explanation. I’m sure she couldn’t tell the Earth was about to die of starvation and dust inhalation. I’m sure she wouldn’t have anything to hope for with you out there saving the world. How was this a good idea again?
While all this is going on, people are burning crops because that’s a smart thing to do when you’re starving, a man goes to sleep in a bathtub that’s about to suffocate him, and Cooper drives off without saying goodbye to Murph. Once again, great parenting decision. We do get to see him tell her, “I’m coming back.” “When?” she asks. All he says in reply is, “I love you forever.” And that’s about how long he’s going to be gone.
Cooper’s spaceship orbits Saturn and heads for a bubble, which is actually a wormhole which will take them to other habitable planets. “You can’t just think about your family,” a scientist says. “You have to think bigger than that.” Like Tyrannosaurus Rexes. They’re way bigger than any family. A shuttle bounces off a cloud that’s not as fluffy as it looks, and Cooper says, “I am thinking about my family and millions of other families.” It makes it really hard to focus on what I’m doing when I’m thinking about all those people at the same time, though. My brain can’t handle that much input.
The team makes a pit stop on a planet that makes Tatooine look hospitable. “Maybe we’ve spent too long trying to figure all this out with theory,” says Amelia, and the way she puts her hands on that man’s face, I think we all know exactly which theories she’s about to put into practice. “Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.” Well, that and a TARDIS, but yeah, we’ll go with that. Apparently I was wrong about Facetime, though, because we see Cooper talking to his son via video screen. Then they visit the next planet, which appears to be Kamino based on the amount of water, and Michael Caine starts quoting “Do Not Go Gentle.” Because it’s not deep unless you quote someone else’s poetry.
A truck plows through corn, spaceships spin through space, one mountain range falls toward another below it, and there’s an explosion and a Minecraft robot. “We’re not going to make it!” Amelia shouts. Apparently, no one has filled her in on movie rules that state she can’t die. Not too early in the film, at least. Astronauts float in zero gravity, grownup Murph holds a flare up to a field of corn (there’s a lot of corn in this movie), and the ship heads toward the spinning wormhole one more time. And the trailer ends with Cooper looking at rings of light and saying, “We’ll find a way. We always have.” Yeah, life finds a way, and that way usually involves being eaten by dinosaurs.
So based on the trailer, do I recommend the movie? Yes, yes I do. It’s got amazing actors, gorgeous visuals, an intriguing premise, and of course Christopher Nolan’s dedication and skill as a filmmaker. Throw in Hans Zimmer’s awesome orchestrations and you’ve got a movie experience that’s not to be missed. It’s bound to be a little high-minded in terms of concepts, so know that going in. If you like movies that make you think, though, I highly recommend this one. If I can get to see this one in theaters, I’m definitely doing it.
Although I’m not getting popcorn, because I’m pretty sure I’m going to be sick of corn by the time this movie’s over.
Interstellar is owned by Warner Bros.