Why Christopher Nolan Movies Are The Best

Have you ever seen any of the Christopher Nolan movies and just left the cinema contemplating how awful reality really is? Nolan takes you through a mind field of non linear story telling and leaves you gob smacked towards the end. But how does he do it?

Who is Christopher Nolan?

 

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. Additionally, he is also one of the most influential directors of the 21st century.  Surprisingly, this man has never won an Oscar. In my opinion, this is insane. Many of Christopher Nolan movies would be my all time favourite. How he’s never won an Oscar is mad.Despite the fact he’s produced films such as; Inception, Interstellar and the Batman trilogy.

What Are The Best Christopher Nolan Movies?

1. Inception

A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

2. Interstellar

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

3. The Prestige

After a tragic accident two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the other.

4. Memento

A man juggles searching for his wife’s murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.

5. Following

A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

6. The Dark Knight

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

What Makes Christopher Nolan Movies So Good?

Most of Nolan’s films (many of which feature screenplays by his brother, Jonathan) explore big philosophical concepts, and none of them attempt to offer concrete answers. But whether he’s making science fiction, a crime drama, a superhero film, or a war movie, Nolan is remarkably consistent in his favoured themes.

Memory

One of his most clear interests is memory: how it works, how it gets corrupted, and how our memories shape and even create what we consider to be “reality.”

Two of his films — 2000’s Memento and 2010’s Inception — are the most explicitly interested in the topic. In Memento, the protagonist (Guy Pearce) is literally suffering from a form of amnesia that leaves him without a short-term memory, and both his and the viewer’s perception of what’s “real” are affected by that condition. In the considerably higher-budget Inception, the protagonist (Leonardo DiCaprio) is trying to implant memories into someone else’s subconscious, and the nature of memory drives the plot.

Time

Particularly in movies like InceptionInterstellarMemento, and his 1998 debut feature Following, Nolan likes to mess with the ways we’re conditioned to think about time. Particularly at the movies, where we expect a relatively straightforward progression of time that mirrors real life: Start at the beginning, proceed in an orderly fashion, and end at the end.

But Nolan isn’t all that interested in following those rules. In his films, time is just another tool in the arsenal, meant to be bent to the filmmaker’s will and not the other way around.

Usually when we think of what makes a successful movie, the first thing we think about is the story. But Nolan’s mission to challenge what audiences think about filmmaking shows that he isn’t just interested in the story: He’s deeply interested in all of the parts of film and in highlighting (and sometimes distorting) the essential components of any given movie.

There’s Something Else;

Another thing is Nolan makes his audience feel intelligent. We like solving puzzles. That is why we love detective fiction and mysteries. Nolan takes this to new heights by designing movies as puzzles to be solved. And there is nothing like a reward that is earned. For instance, Inception would be one of my all time favourite movies. The reason that is because every-time I watch it there’s a new story line. Buried somewhere in the film whether it be direct or indirect to the audience. 

Why Do Movie Studios Love Producing Christopher Nolan Movies?

Nolan’s track record is remarkable.

Some observations:

  1. Nolan’s movies are well-received both by critics and by regular moviegoers.
  2. All of Nolan’s movies are financially successful.
  3. Nolan’s movies have very broad appeal. One could argue that someone like Tarantino makes “better” films, but those films often have a more cult-like appeal.
  4. Nolan has not had a single miss so far. The amount of hype around each of his movies has grown over time and, as seen from the ratings and box office numbers, Nolan has steadily and unambiguously exceeded the ever-rising expectations.

If you’ve never seen a Christopher Nolan movie I highly recommend you get on it. You will not be disappointed by what he has to offer.

SJB & GQ

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