We’re not meant to save the world, we’re meant to leave it

I may be falling out of love with Christopher Nolan. This new trailer for Interstellar looks like the film will be very well made, there is no doubt about that. But there’s something keeping it from looking like a great movie to me. Nolan is trying to be cerebral and a crowd-pleaser at the same time. One of my very few complaints about Inception was that it dumbed down its own ideas in a bid to appeal to a wider audience, so the first hour of the movie is really just exposition dump after exposition dump, setting up all the rules of the world very clearly and in no uncertain terms so that John Q. Public could keep up with what was happening in the second hour. It didn’t really bother me much at the time, because I was hoping that it would usher in an era of cerebral sci-fi that would eventually ditch the hand-holding. But nope, this trailer for Interstellar tells me that it’s going to be doing the same schtick again, and that bugs me, because it means either Nolan or the studio or both doesn’t trust the audience to keep up. It’s like showing Memento in chronological order – it forgoes the need to look deeper. I mean, come on. He named his daughter after Murphy’s Law? I really hope the family cat isn’t named Schrodinger. But for all my gripes, I’ll probably still enjoy this well enough.

Interstellar comes out November 7, 2014.

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