Paramount Pictures has finally launched the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which is getting fairly mixed reactions from fans that have seen it. It contains just a few seconds of actual footage from the movie, setting up Matthew McConaughey's Cooper as our hero. It is an inspirational montage of space exploration footage from America's rich archives, and stands as a call to arms for the restoration of NASA and our space program, which has ground to a halt in this country over the past few years. Some people have found it quite emotional and moving, while others are a little baffled by it. What does it all mean? Christopher Nolan has always been a cinematic magician, and he wants a deserved air of mystery surrounding this particular drama, which promises to be a true science fiction epic. But what do we really know about Interstellar? Watch the trailer again, and then uncover some of the mystery behind the movie.
1 It is Based on the Theories of Kip Thorne
Interstellar's screenplay, which follows a group of explores who use a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations of human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in interstellar voyage, was written by Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan, as inspired by the theories of theoretical physicist, gravitational physicist and astrophysicist Kip Thorne. Great. Cool. But who, exactly is this guy? Kip Thorne is a 73 year-old professor who counts Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan as his best friends. He has worked as a college professor, and is one of the world's leading experts on the astrophysical implications of Einstein's general theory of relativity. We need just look at some of the questions he has posed about space exploration to see where the story might be headed. We already know there is a wormhole in the movie. Its likely that Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his team will travel to what is known as 'the dark side of the universe', which will in turn give the visionary that is Christopher Nolan a way to artistically express what his imagination sees as a possibility for what lies at the deep end of space. It is here that he will likely allow viewers, for the first time in a film, in IMAX and 3D, to observe the birth of the universe. Interstellar will set aside all that we know from popcorn sci-fi, giving audiences the most realistic visual explanation of a space-time warp and gravitational waves that we've ever seen, utilizing the vast technological tools he now has at his disposal. We will also likely see a cinematic exploration of quantum behavior. While we have a minuscule understanding of how this will be wrapped around a three-act structure, its not a stretch to expect the appearance of black holes, gravitational radiation, relativity, time travel, and wormholes before the movie is over.
All of the above has been culled from the various limited interviews and expressed subject matter that has come forward for the movie thus far. As you can see, the first Interstellar trailer is a true teaser. Christopher Nolan has established himself as a name brand, and a trusted money earner. He doesn't have to show us anything else, and what we will see leading up to the film's release will be extremely limited. This may be his one and only chance to really hold back on an audience, and he's taking that risk. If (god forbid) Interstellar bombs, he'll continue to make movies. No doubt. But he won't get away with this type of secrecy. So enjoy the anticipation and mystery and wonder he is playing with here. We don't often get this. And it's a treat for movie lovers. And space travel enthusiasts.