Christopher Nolan


Date: October 15, 2010

Author: Srivathsa

Christopher Nolan is a name that is rapidly scattering across the globe, as the director of the brawly, sophisticated and visually arresting films. He is habitually associated with films of huge budget. His Midas touch in the direction area with inquisitive, intellectual, authentic ideas seldom deny offering audience ideal movies. He often co-writes the screenplay with his brother, Jonathan Nolan. Nolan’s career commenced with the revelation of his short film “Doodlebug (1997)” in 1997. This short was filmed in B & W and targets the viewers with a weird yet intelligent view point.

Stepping into the feature films, his debut was “Following (1998)” which was more like the follow up to his short film. He cast the same actor for the lead role and it was also sleekly B and W.The movie was a gritty depiction of a young man, who follows people to know about them. Nolan’s opened up his trademark non linear methodical movie making with “Following”, which he followed up in his future films too. “Following” also features a dexterously drafted plot at the near closing stages of the movie.

“Memento (2000)”, Nolan’s often imitated movie, is also one the path breaking films of our time. His non-linearity trend extends to filming it in a reverse fashion. It is a fast, trendy, violent, stylish revenge drama. It has a luminous tone attached to it and demands the employment of our acumen. “Memento” also enthused a lot of movies around the globe. It is evident that Nolan had a keen sense for commercial films without spoiling the artistic nature of cinema.

“Insomnia (2002)” is a remake of Erik Skjoldbjærg’s French movie with the same name. It treated the audience with the sheer intensity of delirious performances by Al Pacino and Robin Williams. It’s a taunting thriller with a bright noir tenor. Avoiding the gore adeptly, Nolan exposes the tension all the way through the film; right from the beginning along with the astute cinematography. The movie also marks a sure prominent place for Nolan among the bright new directors of Hollywood.

“Batman Begins (2005)” was a movie that Nolan was avoiding, since was not a real big fan of CGI. But the life had an irony in store for him. When he took the movie up and directed it, Nolan gave a spell binding innovative opening to the old and nearly lifeless chain of Batman films. It was much more than a super hero movie. Nolan reached a further distance, making it a dark, innovative, convincing version of the Batman. It had an entirety in the story and script, which won critical accolades.

In “The Prestige (2006)”, Nolan’s free flow of directional freedom, engages the spectators and provides them enough respect with the convincing, yet deceiving plots. Nolan’s films are characterized by an eye for gorgeous cinematography. The movie is about a tale of two magicians, who were pals, but become rivals. The script is peculiarly vivid for a movie that uses techniques and tricks of magic and wizardry. Set as a period piece, the first of Nolan, “The Prestige” has a dim tinge and well designed implementation.

“The Dark Knight (2008)” is a superior sequel to “Batman Begins”. The movie is dark, visually striking, sinisterly attractive, and smart and all that credits should go to Nolan himself. For a superhero movie, the film does feature only very minimal action, but all it does is, build that character of Batman and the scrupulous villainy of “The Joker”. Terrific cinematography supplemented the near faultless superhero film. It is vintage Nolan, trying not to profoundly rely on the CGI, but on the superior script. We cannot stop ourselves from watching “The Dark Knight” as a gimmickry - less, adept classic movie, which it is. It is superlative movie making by Christopher Nolan.

“Inception (2010)” marks Nolan’s revisit to “Memento” style brain - twisting narration. With a heist theme of mind-boggling proportions, “Inception” not only works as one of the greatest science fictions, but also a visually notable action- adventure film. Illustrative enough of an incredibly intricate, and quite plainly a brain based theme, “Inception’s” triumph lies in the sneaky and incisive screenplay. It is a feral drama about the dreams and dreams within dreams, which essentially brings constantly, a debate amongst its viewers. But, Nolan noticeably leaves it to the audience at the end.

Remarkably, Christopher Nolan has turn out to be a brand name for making blockbusters, with a great script (which is curiously, not an easy combination to find) and he has all the reasons to. We sit here waiting for his next release "Interstellar” and the expectations are soaring high. I cannot see a better person than Nolan himself, to pull it off.

Best: Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises

Must Watch: The Dark Knight


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