What is so special about Christopher Nolan’s movies? He is known for creating thought-provoking cinema by tackling complex concepts and instilling multiple layers, which unravel with repeat viewings. Well, to put it simply – he urges you to think and rethink. His most recent directorial outings Interstellar (2014) and Dunkirk (2017) have predominantly wowed audiences. Here, we take a look at 5 of his previous best works.
Starring Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss, Memento established Christopher Nolan’s directorial status and placed him in the big league. Widely praised for its themes of memory and self-deception, the film challenges the whole notion of what’s ‘real’. Aamir Khan’s Ghajini was a watered down version of Memento.
Batman Begins (2005)
A beginning to probably the greatest superhero trilogy ever made, Batman Begins was Nolan’s first big-budget franchise picture. The film is premised on fear stemming from memory. A struggling Bruce Wayne tries to fight his inner demons and channel it at best. The movie also gave us arguably the best Batman yet in Christian Bale. (Not to forget the brilliant Michael Keaton in Batman and Batman Returns.)
The Prestige (2006)
Based on Christopher Priest’s 1995 novel, The Prestige remains Nolan’s sole literary adaptation yet. With magic and illusion at the helm of it, and actors like Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman playing rivals in the film, The Prestige was an absolute thrill ride. Nolan’s obsession with twists and trickery may have started here.
Dealing with the world of dreams (literally), and with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead, Inception was a mind-boggling and complex film filled with many layers. Stealing ideas from people’s minds and planting foreign thoughts into one’s subconscious, it is the nature of memory that drives the plot of this film. Nolan wanted to offer the audience a more emotional narrative, something that represents the emotional world of somebody’s mind. So both the hero’s story and the heist itself were based on emotional concepts.
The Dark Knight (2008)
The uncrowned superhero of all superhero movies – is yet to be bettered. The film was floated with a unique premise and an unpredictable antagonist. Christian Bale continued as Batman, but it was Heath Ledger’s storming entry and performance as The Joker that stole the show. For many of us, The Dark Knight remains Christopher Nolan’s best work yet. An unforgettable film – some of the best scenes from this movie have been etched into the ‘cinema’ history books and our minds.
While the two aforementioned Batman movies set the precedent, you may want to continue watching the rest of The Dark Night trilogy for the sheer joy of watching the escapades of the Caped Crusader.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped