When it was first announced that Christopher Nolan’s next motion picture would be a return to original, hard science fiction, I was filled with joy. It’s not that I don’t appreciate his Batman films (The Dark Knight still stands as one of the best pieces of commercially-minded filmmaking made during my lifetime), they just don’t stack up to Inception — a film whose humanistic spirit is as big as its brain. While Nolan’s Batfilms are undoubtedly thrilling on a technical level, they still lack the eloquent investment of an artist utilizing a massive canvas to express deep-seated personal issues. However, now that he’s put his franchise days behind him (for the moment, at least), Christopher Nolan is again able to explore titanic ideas employing near infinite resources.

Today we get our first long look at his upcoming space travel film, Interstellar, which is attached to Godzilla in theaters this weekend (Sarah says you should see it!), and the spot promises a truly awe-inspiring journey.

What’s truly great about this trailer is that it feels like it’s only the tip of the iceberg, both in terms of imagery and plot. While he’s never been quite a “Mystery Box” guy (like, say…JJ Abrams), Chris Nolan still knows how to tease you in marketing while not revealing his whole hand.

That is one seriously stirring bit of movie marketing, meant to inspire awe and rouse you from your seat. In terms of “opening acts”, this is one you don’t want to follow (unless you’re Gojira, of course). Kudos to all involved in creating a spot that is that moving while still keeping the film’s cards held firmly at its chest.

Interstellar opens November 7.

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