Christopher Nolan is famous—some say infamous—for building trailers and teasers that are their own dramatic narratives—red herrings that preserve the surprises of the actual full-length film. But the new TV spot for Interstellar, which opens Nov. 7, clearly establishes the stakes that previous clips have alluded to. “Your daughter’s generation will be the last to survive on earth,” intones Nolan’s good-luck charm Michael Caine to Matthew McConaughey’s good ol’ boy pilot. “Find us a new home.”
“You may have to decide between seeing your children again, and the future of the human race,” says Anne Hathaway’s astronaut, who joins McConaughey’s pilot on a hail-Mary mission to find an inhabitable planet.
The new clip doesn’t include Caine’s recitation of Dylan Thomas “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” as a previous trailer did (below). For some, those powerful words may have added a level of operatic drama. For me, alas, that poem has been forever co-opted by Thornton Melon, Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School rascal.