Intersteller AstronautUpdate: My review of Interstellar is up: ‘Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ hits the mark: We ignore the stars to ‘worry about our place in the dirt’

If there is such a thing as a flawless teaser trailer, the finished product for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ can count itself a member of the exclusive club. The narration, the gravel in Matthew McConaughey’s voice, the historical images that flash before the screen, and the score all combine to form what can only be described as something “stirring.” It says to the audience: “This is going to be a movie that seeks to tap into something deep inside you — if you’re willing to see just how much humanity is capable and just how often you sell yourself short.”

Here is what IMDB says of ‘Interstellar’:

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

And here is Matthew McConaughey’s dialogue from the teaser:

“We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments — these moments when we dare to aim hirer — to break barriers. To reach for the stars. To make the unknown, known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements, but we’ve lost all that. And perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers, that we’ve barely begun, and that our greatest accomplishments can not be behind us because our destiny lies above us.

Amazing stuff. I couldn’t agree more.

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Anyone who has left loved ones behind in search of “bigger and better” things has a pioneer in them. Anyone who has walked away from a stable job for a chance to do what they really love has an explorer in them. Anyone who has taken great financial risk to back a cause they really believe in has an astronaut in them. These days, the pioneering spirit is squashed in its infancy. Public policy is often pushed on the population that locks people in place and prevents them from exercising their entrepreneurial spirit, and as a result it atrophies — we forget that we were meant to reach for the stars.

The teaser for ‘Interstellar’ first seeks to remind us what we’re capable of if we put our minds to it.

We can make infertile land bear fruit.

Intersteller Dust Bowl

We can fly.

Intersteller flight

We can, to quote Ronald Reagan, slip the “surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.”

Interstellar rocket

We can make the impossible possible because there are always men and women who swallow hard, leave loved ones behind, and find the grit in their spit needed to navigate uncharted waters.

Intersteller earth

The pioneers leave the comfort of family and friends behind, despite the pain and anguish it causes, because there is something deep within that compels them forward.

Intersteller Matthew M

We shed tears in the pursuit of our dreams because a love of the safety and security of “home” pits us against our desire to explore new horizons, blaze our own path and create something unique and special that we can call our own. And when we succeed, we give thanks to the family and friends who encouraged us to take that leap of faith and who promised to catch us if we fell.

Intersteller holding hands

Predication: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ is going to be epic. The man makes smart movies that work on multiple levels. Those who just want to watch characters navigate worm holes for a few hours will be entertained, and those who like movies with more layers than an onion will go home happy. That is the nature of Christopher Nolan’s films, and for that I am thankful.

Christopher Nolan “gets it.” It’s a joy to watch his work and hopefully he’ll be at it for many years to come.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

19 comments

  1. Looks pretty good. I also think we should get serious about space exploration. One would think that by this point in history, we’d already be making bigger strides toward the goal. In the 1960s and 1970s, we were putting men on the moon. Now? Landing an unmanned rover on Mars, while still a great accomplishment, pales in comparison to landing actual human beings on there. These days people are taught that having a sense of entrepreneurship is “evil.”

  2. The United States of America only exists as it does because of explorers and pioneers. Without people risking their lives and fortunes on a dream of discovery the world would be a very different place today.

    Advancements in technology used to be about bettering mankind. Today they are made by corporations who exist only to satisfy the shareholders. Their primary concern? To make sure John Doe can access porn faster on his new larger screened smart phone.

    This film looks amazing and I will probably see it the first weekend it comes out.

    1. “Advancements in technology used to be about bettering mankind.”

      Ummm…when? Also, constrained or unconstrained?

    2. A pretty good book that covers the conversations you and PersonIsPerson is having is: ‘The Virtue of Prosperity: Finding Values in an Age of Techno-Affluence,’ by Dinesh D’Souza. It’s a pretty dry read, but I think most people who read it will come out with a better appreciation for what it takes to run a business, stay competitive, make money and still understand that we have a responsibility to those surrounding community and beyond.

      Here is a video of him talking about the book.

  3. I’m not saying that wasn’t money as a factor, but a lot of advances in technology have improved out lot in life. For example, indoor plumbing, railways, the first caveman to make fire. These all made things better for our day to day lives.

    Take a look at this link. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23536914

    This man has changed many lives with a simple idea.

    I think most technological advancements nowadays are constrained by a profit margin that needs to be met.

  4. “This man has changed many lives with a simple idea.”

    Because he knew it would be valuable to him. He was acting in his own self-interest and wasn’t infringing on anyone else while doing so.

    “I think most technological advancements nowadays are constrained by a profit margin that needs to be met.”

    No no no. You misunderstand. I mean, in regards to the human animal.

    Here. Here’s Bill Whittle. He can explain it better for you:

    1. Its easy to misunderstand a question which is in effect only 3 words long. Maybe word it better next time and it won’t be misunderstood.

      And aren’t all technological advancements valuable to the person doing them? They saw a problem they wanted to solve and tried to solve it. They saw something they wanted to achieve and did it.

    2. Bill Whittle is a very smart man. He really is good at distilling complex topics into ways everyone can understand. It would be great if he got in front of the camera more often. At times, he sometimes comes across as condescending, though.

    3. “At times, he sometimes comes across as condescending, though.”

      Oh like you and I don’t. 😛

      In all seriousness though, the reason he comes across like that is because he used to be a liberal and is so bitter about the way things are in his old age. Doesn’t make his arguments any less compelling though.

  5. I was actually unimpressed by the trailer. I like the narrative, but the “trailer” is just a mash-up of historical clips.

    Ironically, you include a snap of a man farming rough land. The plot of Interstellar revolves around how the climate has rendered many farming areas infertile, thus we need to take advantage of the wormhole to discover new lands to feed our population. Don’t get me wrong — I’m juiced for this as a “human fulfillment” adventure, but I sure hope Nolan, et. al. don’t get bogged down in environmental politics.

    1. You disagree — with me — Hube? How dare you! 😉

      Well, at least we agree that ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ looks pretty cool. I was thinking of writing on that trailer, too.

      My guess is that even if environmentalists seize on that element of the film, Nolan will have written it with enough finesse that it won’t be annoying and preachy. At worst, I’m willing to trade a bit of climate-change rhetoric if, in the end, the film conveys what can happen when humans embrace their entrepreneurial spirit.

    2. True. 🙂

      If I get some free time, I might write on ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ now that I’m thinking about it. Cruise does some cool movies, but he seems to have a knack for doing weird things that make it hard for me to fully enjoy the product. I’m also looking forward to MI5. ‘Ghost Protocol’ was pretty cool.

    3. That’s the plot?! Hopefully Nolan won’t turn it into environmental propaganda.

      I think Edge of Tomorrow looks pretty good, but I typically don’t see Tom Cruise movies. Not a big fan of his, especially after his being a loony water carrier for Scientology and his whole bizarre antics in real life.

      And Hube, you’re correct: those are almost exactly how I pictured the Maruader exo-skeletons when I read Starship Troopers for the first time. I hated the movie.

  6. 2nd Trailer came out yesterday:

    But wow. I think it has potential to be incredible – movies just don’t inspire that sense of awe and wonder that they used to.

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