Paramount's panel ended with a presentation of Interstellar. The latest film from visionary director Christopher Nolan and his follow up to [The Dark Knight Rises](movie:39011). The presentation for the science fiction film was on shorter side, but it was one of the most revealing panels of the day.
It started with a sizzle reel from the new science fiction film. Much like the previous trailers we've seen, the new footage features a voice over from Matthew McConaughey's Cooper, the film's protagonist, intercut with real-life science icons like Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the importance of space exploration. We get a better idea of the film's themes and characters. When was the last time we got a trailer that focused on a film's central themes? After the footage was screened, the panel's moderator took the stage to introduce its high-powered panelists.
First up, Matthew McConaughey. Yes, Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey took the stage of Hall H. It was the actor's first time at San Diego Comic-Con and the Hall H crowd gave him a very warm welcome. He even gave everyone in the audience an "Alright. Alright. Alright."
McConaughy mostly talked about his character Cooper. He's a pilot, engineer, and widowed father of two, a boy and a girl. Apparently, [Interstellar](movie:813746) takes place in the future where humanity doesn't explore, but rather only sustain and maintain life and civilization. The world forgot how to dream and the opportunity of space exploration lands in Cooper's lap. He has to decide if he should explore, or raise his motherless children. It's a tough decision for Cooper and it seems that the movie will focus more on the family dynamic, rather than space exploration. McConaughy namedropped Stanley Kubrick and it's hard not to when you look at Interstellar. He also mentions the big ambitions for its director Christopher Nolan before he introduced him to Hall H.
The crowd went wild for Nolan, as everyone stood up to acknowledge the director's achievements. It's hard to believe, but Christopher Nolan was in Hall H for San Diego Comic Con. He talked about the film's general look and filmmaking, favoring to go with practical effects rather than full CGI. Apparently, science fiction is one of Nolan's favorite movie genres, as he mentioned 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars. It seems that Interstellar is heavily influenced by the two films and it feels that it might be just as important to our generation of moviegoers, as those films were on theirs.
Christopher Nolan did take a few questions from the audience, which weren't painful or awkward. Someone asked him about the film's influences and scientific basis, so Nolan talked briefly about Kip Throne, American theoretical physicist, and his work with wormholes. It seems like that's a clue to the film's story. Perhaps Cooper is an astronaut that gets caught in a wormhole while in space and when he arrives back to Earth, everything around him aged (IE his children), while he stayed the same age. Maybe Interstellar will dabble in dealing with the lost over the years and his children's resentment of their father's absence.
An interesting question about psychology arose and how all of Nolan's films deal with aspects of that applied science. It seems that Christopher Nolan wants his movies to deal with human subjectivity more so than anything else. Again, coming back to the human story of his movies.
The presentation ended with a new trailer that will be released soon. We get a better look at the film and characters, such as Michael Caine's and Anne Hathaway's. Apparently, Caine plays McConaughey mentor, while Hathaway plays his partner-in-space. We also get a better idea of the film's visuals, and trust me when I say this movie looks absolutely amazing. Interstellar looks like a mix between Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life and Alfonso Cuarón's [Gravity](movie:41913). It seems that while Interstellar is a visual spectacle, Nolan wants the film to feel human and wanted to focus it on the human story, rather than the technology. Nolan also mentioned the IMAX technology behind the film and how the film needed to be bigger than life. If you plan to watch Interstellar, please watch it in full IMAX.
Interstellar looks great and Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan in attendance at Hall H was the winner of Comic-Con on Thursday. It topped footage from [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles](movie:323027), Project Almanac, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and a surprise visit from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Paramount did a great job keeping these things a surprise, so much so that Hall H was not at full capacity to witness Comic-Con history. It even felt more special that there wasn't a lot of people in Hall H. Man, what an experience!!