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Top 5 Films of Christopher Nolan, Find Out Whether Dunkirk Makes the Cut or Not.
I saw Dunkirk a few days back, anything where I see the caption ‘Directed by Christopher Nolan’ my mind automatically assumes the product will be of high quality. And again it turned out to be true, Christopher Nolan is a visual genius and his star power is no less than any superstar of Hollywood and like always this film is also stunning to look at. From the bullets flying near soldier’s head to gorgeous explosions, it transports you right into the war zone within the first 10 minutes of the screening, it feels more of an actual war footage than a film, though the cinematic liberties he has taken in the climax confirms that it is a film and not just a World War II footage. The film is more of a cinema technician’s delight and it will fetch polarized response from the audiences across the globe. The direction of Nolan, the music of Hans Zimmer and the cinematography of Hoyte van Hoytema are the highlights of the film, the story lacks depth and sad to see that there are no fully developed characters in the film. Yes, it is not the best war film by any stretch, no film can come close to Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan in this department and it is also not Christopher Nolan’s best work for me though many critics are saying so. But it is an experience that one should have in the theaters at least once.
Well out of his 10 Directorial ventures I picked his best 5 and Dunkirk is not among them.
5. Insomnia (2002)
The psychological thriller film directed by Nolan starred two of the best acting talents of all times, Al Pacino and Robin Williams along with Hilary Swank. It tells the story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives investigating a murder in an Alaskan town, it was the remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name which actually exposed Nolan to the big ticket films where he infused his cinematic madness. Taking the best out of Pacino and Williams and managing the affairs of a tricky film at a very young age proved his craft and to date, even for Nolan, the film is an important chapter in his prolific career.
The intense thriller is one of my favorite Nolan Film that’s why I picked the movie over Momento. The film was a commercial and critical success and made $114 Million USD against the budget of $46 Million.
4. Interstellar (2014)
One of the best space films ever made in the history without any doubt if not the best. Set in a dystopian future where humanity is struggling to survive, it follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity. More than the spectacular visuals and epic CGI, this sci-fi moved me because of its thought provoking story which has a heart at the very right place.
Apart from Nolan’s masterful direction the brilliant performance of Matthew McConaughey made it even more believable, the movie was again a commercial and critical hit. It was made with the budget of $165 Million USD and earned $675 Million USD worldwide.
3. The Prestige (2006)
The movie follows the story of Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they engage in competitive one-upmanship with tragic results. With every minute detailing in the art direction and brilliant direction by Nolan this movie remains an absolute favourite of mine. The performances from Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are riveting and cinematography by Wally Pfister is mouth watering.
The twist and turns of the film, the earnest depiction of the subject made this movie a must watch for all and also one of the finest film of Nolan till date. It was another hit art movie on all fronts be it critics or commerce. Made with the budget of $40 Million USD it fetched $110 Million at the box office.
2. The Dark Knight (2008)
Featuring the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second part of Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy and a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, where Bruce Wayne (Batman), James Gordon and Harvey Dent form an alliance to dismantle organized crime in Gotham City, but are menaced by a criminal mastermind known as the Joker who seeks to undermine Batman’s influence and create chaos. The film is often regarded as The Godfather of Superhero films which actually revolutionized the Batman franchise and compelled others to make relatable super hero projects.
The magnum opus comic book based movie was actually better than the comic books, the portrayal of Joker by Heath Ledger is a character that we cannot forget, he somehow overshadowed every other character in the film including the Batman. Nolan even made superhero films into Oscar worthy products for a change, I had to pick only one out of the three Batman films he made and The Dark Knight is an obvious choice. Yes I like The Dark Knight Rises too but not more than the five films I have picked. The film was massive blockbuster and became one of the very first films to make over $1000 Million USD worldwide.
1. Inception (2010)
The cult film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious in their dreams, and when he is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for a seemingly impossible task, Inception, the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious mind. The writing, vision and direction of Nolan is what I call the offspring of more than a genius. The beautiful cinematography by Wally Pfister is surely not of this world, Pun intended.
The movie is an absolute cult classic and I don’t know how many times I have seen it, Di Caprio’s performance as Cobb is another high point of the already very novel and moving film. The film is also a testimony of how we should make a blockbuster cinema. It was monster Hit despite having no backup of a big superhero franchise and complex screenplay and made $826 Million USD around the world. Later the movie has developed a hard core cult following among cinema lovers and as a result it’s DVD sales has also made a record of earning $68 Million USD. If any of you haven’t seen it yet then leave everything and watch it now, like now.