Christopher Nolan is one of the most popular movie directors alive. His work has been studied, analyzed. reviewed by many and loved by many more. Today as a tribute to his genius, we will explore the best movies directed by Nolan. In today's blog we will explore five of his best films for every fan.
Nolan was notoriously influenced by Kubrick's work on 2001: A space Odyssey which led him to shoot small films with his dad's cameras at an early age. After gaining his bachelor in English Literature he aspired to become a director by producing short films and sending them to Film Festivals. This resulted to him getting his first chance at directing a independent feature film. This was the movie known as Following in which he wrote, directed, photographed and edited (!!). Thankfully to the Following's success Nolan went to produce a number of successful and mind-bending films that are loved by millions.
Number 5: Batman Begins
Nolan was given the chance to direct the superhero trilogy of DC's Batman after a number of reboots. With a number of films being produced around the titular character, no one expected what Nolan accomplished. With Batman Begins, Nolan set a new standard for superhero films since he left the cartooniness and sillyness of comics aside and replaced them with grittiness, darkness and brutality even with a rating of PG13. The film is full of memorable quotes and in my opinion it is much better than the third installment which often overshadows it in popularity. I mean who can forget this epic moment when we got the first glimpse of Christian Bale's epic (for some) Batman voice.
Aside from the gritty performance from Christian Bale, the movie's quality is enhanced through Liam Neeson's Ra's al Ghul who embodies the role of a potential fatherly figure to Bruce and an advesary to Batman Perfectly. Noteworthy scene includes the battle over the frozen lake.
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Number 4: Dunkirk
Dunkirk is a Nolan movie that has went under a lot of people's radar. Mostly because the war setting usually puts of people. In this case, it should not. Dunkirk is telling the story of the Allied soldiers who were stranded during the Dunkirk evacuation during World War 2. The movie follows a number of storylines with Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Fion Whitehead, Harry Styles and more who are put in the battlefield for a thrilling adventure of hopelessness and survival.
Additionally, the movie combines miniscule dialogue and practical effects to capture the horror of war as realistic as possible.
Number 3: The Prestige
The Prestige is another movie that go under the radar when they think of Nolan's directing efforts. The Prestige released in 2006 and follows the story of two magicians who started as friends but ended in opposing battlefields due to a trick gone bad. This kickstarts a war of sabotage between the two former friends who do their best to outmatch the other while making sure that they also damage their enemy. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale shine in this masterpiece of twists and turns which force the viewer to use their brain to try and catch up with all the betrayals, the twists and the back and forth. Furthermore, Nolan's storytelling shines in this flick since he occasionally talks to the audience through his characters.
Number 2: Inception
This masterpiece that has mindfucked us over the years through multiple watches is Nolan's most impressive work. The concept of going inside a dream is sophisticated enough, let alone going beneath that. Nolan has created an amazing universe inside a single movie without having the need of MCU's formula. The ensemble cast which consists of the likes of DiCaprio, Gordon Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard and more. The twists of the story along with the psychedelic type effects are charming addition since the movie can be only described as a spectacle.
Number 1: The Dark Knight
What did you expect? Interstellar? Tenet? or Memento?
Nope , its another Batman film. I'm sorry but I am a sucker for superhero films. And not any superhero film. The Superhero film. In my opinion, The Dark Knight has set the way for everything. Yeah I've heard about Blade and the other movies. I still believe in my opinion. The dark setting set from The Dark Knight still subconsciously inspires many directors of the superhero genre. And come on, who can forget the performance of the late Heath Ledger. You can say anything you want; that the film is overrated, that the Joker cringy quotes are irrelevant, that the fighting was bad but it still won't change a thing. The Dark Knight is probably the majority's favourite superhero film and for many their personal favourite movie independent of a a genre. It is that fucking good. I'm telling you that this movie will be remembered more than any other Nolan film.