With the summer 2014 season officially behind us, we’ve now turned our attention to the bevy of intriguing releases that will be hitting theaters this fall/winter. Chief among them will be Christopher Nolan’s latest big-scale epic, Interstellar. In his directorial follow-up to his Batman trilogy finale, The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan will once again be treating audiences to an original sci-fi story, something he did to great success with Inception in 2010.
As is expected with a Nolan production, the core story details have been kept under wraps. Marketing materials such as the trailers have informed fans that the plot involves some sort of deep space exploration to solve the planet’s energy crisis and that Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) will have a heartbreaking farewell with his young daughter.
From the beginning, we’ve known that Chris Nolan and his brother Jonathan would be using the theories of astrophysicist Kip Thorn to guide their wormhole-centric adventure, but Interstellar‘s big secrets are being held close to the chest until its theatrical premiere. However, thanks to some new posters, some of those layers may have been peeled back.
With just under two months until its November 7, 2014 debut, Paramount is ramping up awareness for the project with a series of one-sheets that showcase the film’s varying environments. We’ve already seen one of them (featuring Cooper on an ice planet), but this is our first look at the other three, which include shots of the cast in the water, their ship floating through space, and Cooper looking up to the stars with his daughter.
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The one thing that immediately jumps out is that (like Nolan’s previous films) Interstellar is going to be a spectacle to behold on the big screen. The trailers have convinced us that this is worth seeing in the most premium format possible (several sequences were shot in IMAX), but it’s nice to see the beauty of these images as stills for us to admire.
Besides the locations depicted, there is one other noticeable difference between the four posters: the tag line. Each one sports a unique clue hinting at the larger themes that Nolan is looking to tackle in the movie.
Read them here:
- “Mankind’s next step will be our greatest.” (Water)
- “The end of Earth will not be the end of us.” (Ice)
- “Go further.” (Space)
- “Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” (Desert)
At first glance, the lines seem like nothing more than catchy slogans to sell audiences on the notion of going up into space with McConaughey and company. However, Nolan’s been known to misdirect viewers before (remember “Miranda Tate?”), so there’s a slight possibility that more is being hinted at with these posters.
In their writeup, JoBlo theorized that the posters essentially spell out the entire narrative by showing the film’s various acts in sequential order – even speculating that the ice world Cooper finds himself on is, in fact, Earth. From the trailers, we can gather that Cooper and his team leave the desert wasteland of Earth, travel to the stars, and search out a new world on which to live, so in that sense these materials do lay out the story beats we’ll follow along the journey.
That said, we wouldn’t recommend over-analyzing the posters for anything more than that. It’s not really a spoiler to discuss the broad strokes that Interstellar will cover and the images here don’t really spill anything new for us to digest. Nolan has made a career out of keeping his films shrouded in mystery (even blockbuster superhero pictures), so it’s unlikely the marketing team would go against the grain so soon to release.
Everything we’ve seen so far from Interstellar has nailed the perfect balance of showing just enough to get us excited while being cryptic to keep us guessing until we sit in the multiplex. We’re not entirely sure what’s going on in any of the images and that’s the way it should be. After all, what would a major Hollywood picture be without a little dramatic tension?
What do you think the lines on the posters mean? Sound off in the comments and let us know!
Interstellar will be in theaters November 7, 2014.
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