I didn’t know you can drive a Lincoln into
space?! You’re watching Beyond The Trailer’s review of Interstellar… Potentially inhabitable worlds, right within our reach. It could save us from extinction. Here we go… You can’t just think about your family now you have to think bigger than that. I am thinking about my family, and millions of other families. Maybe we’ve spent too long trying to figure all this out with theory. Love is the one thing that transcends time and space. In addition to the fate of humanity, there
are a number of Hollywood careers riding on Interstellar. In front of the camera, we have
Matthew McConaughey. Last year, Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective were a one-two punch
that resulted in an Oscar knock-out! But can the McConaissance continue, or has it already
become ripe for parody? A strong case was made for the latter when Jim Carrey hosted
SNL just two weeks ago and basically slashed McConaughey’s tires in a brutally on target
sketch. And while McConaughey’s Lincoln ads survived a similar gag by Ellen, the Carrey
spoof has so far been viewed almost seven million times on YouTube – the actual commercials
which Lincoln has ALSO aired on YouTube can’t even match that number combined! And with
this joke fresh in people’s minds, will it effect how seriously they take Interstellar?
Although, if Interstellar does get torpedoed, it will be sweet justice leveled against McConaughey’s
co-star Anne Hathaway, who lampooned Claire Danes when she hosted SNL – Homeland never
recovered… Now behind the camera we have, of course, Christopher Nolan, one of the few
newly minted superstar directors of our day thanks to his Batman trilogy. A status confirmed
by his payday for Interstellar, rumored to be twenty million up front and twenty percent
of the gross. But outside of the Batman trilogy, Nolan wasn’t very successful, with each
picture struggling to reach just a hundred million at the box office. Even The Prestige
couldn’t get a boost from Batman Returns, despite Nolan reteaming with Christian Bale.
But then came The Dark Knight, a film that wow’d on every possible level. Nolan was
able to leverage that film’s stunning success with Warner Brothers – getting the studio
to agree to make Inception in exchange for Nolan agreeing to make a third and final Batman
movie – but also with audiences, as they flocked to see his follow-up to The Dark Knight. The
results were…impressive. Yet still, for Nolan, the Oscar has remained elusive. Interstellar
is his own bid for the gold, but he might just have to worry about maintaining his box
office reputation. The Dark Knight Rises didn’t impress audiences nearly as much as The Dark
Knight, and Man of Steel – which Nolan produced – might have also worn down not just the DC
brand but potentially Nolan’s. Plus when Inception debuted in July 2010, it has no
blockbuster competition for the remainder of the summer, while Inception will have to
contend with Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies, and perhaps even
Exodus Gods and Kings. And finally, last year’s incredibly well-received epic space drama
Gravity might keep Interstellar from seeming as original as Nolan and company would hope.
So will Interstellar help McConaughey and Nolan chart new trajectories for their careers?
Or evidence that it will be hard enough to maintain their current paths?