On Friday afternoon, I like many other people found myself glued to a smartphone refreshing Twitter posts with the excitement of a rabid child at Christmas before they are given their gifts. The reason? Well there was a new Christopher Nolan trailer that was due to be released online at six o'clock GMT that Friday. The trailer had already debuted before most screenings of Gareth Edward's Godzilla (2014).

Now, as any regular readers of this column will know, Christopher Nolan is my favourite movie maker. I believe his narrative aesthetics mould perfectly with the characters and story - making him a masterful director. Therefore I went into the new trailer with heightened expectation, not only because of the cast which features the eponymous Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck and a seemingly wonderful performance from youngster Mackenzie Foy (who features prominently in this trailer), but the fact that this was Nolan returning to developing stories outside the heightened expectations of a Batman franchise that had defined his career as much as his wonderfully labyrinthine thriller Momento (2000).

Now I myself love The Dark Knight trilogy and I believe it is insurmountable in terms of comic book movies. I also believe the same to be true of Inception (2010). With Interstellar though, a few key themes and ideas jumped out at me from the trailer and even if none of them resonate as strongly in the finished movie, I'm still pretty happy with this wonderful trailer.

The key themes that come across in this trailer are family, climate and time. The footage we see of Mackenzie Foy's Tina and her farmer/engineer/pilot father Cooper are beautifully emotional. What stood out to me is the narrative scope of using the emotional connection between a father and his family in the wider context of the story. A man's paternal nature naturally makes him want to see beyond himself in terms of his attachment to his family as his resources and emotions are dedicated toward the family unit. The point of having that (in this trailer) seems to suggest a wonderful tramline towards looking beyond ourselves as the individual and to the wider context of the human family as a species (Michael Caine even makes reference to this idea in the trailer). It seems as if Cooper goes to space to save his family and is therefore implicated in the wider concern of the human race and its survival.

I think the climate point is quite obvious as the movie presents a world short on food but as the mantra at the start of the trailer indicates, technology has not ran out, it's only the raw materials of life that have left us. I mention time here because although I have yet to educate myself on the writings of physicist Kip Thorne - whose theories frame this story - it is surely a thematic concern here because of the amount of time that would go by while any individual is engaged in long distance space flight. I am not sure if this is directly hinted at in the trailer but the Casey Affleck and Jessica Chastain's characters seem to bear some resemblance to Cooper's children in the trailer, so do they play the older counterparts of those two kids? Again this is pure speculation and this being a Nolan movie I could be talking utter nonsense.

The other beautiful contextual points about the development of this picture are wide and wonderful. As we know from experience, the last time Nolan developed his brother's script for himself was with Memento and that worked really well. Jonathan Nolan is an unsung hero within Nolan's story, as a screenwriter he brings in elements to the narrative that help unify his brother's specificity with other plot dynamics that add to story on a pop culture level (it is he who is credited with the addition of Hathaway's Catwoman in Nolan's final Batman picture).

The production design is again fronted by genius and long time Nolan collaborator Nathan Crawley, composer Hans Zimmer also team up with Nolan again (although I believe the music from this trailer is by Dario Marianelli from the V for Vendetta soundtrack). Lynda Obst who co-produced another superb science fiction movie Contact (1997) - which also featured Matthew McConaughe - is on board here with Emma Thomas and scientist Kip Thorne. The beautiful visuals are shot by cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Let the Right One In (2008) amongst many others), replacing Wally Pfister as Director of Photography.

in short Interstellar has the potential to be one of the best pictures of the year and from what we see in this trailer, it's hard not to believe that Nolan has again out done himself. I just wish I could travel to November now to find out.