Thanks to Following, we have The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Interstellar, and the rest of his catalogue. But most importantly, we have Christopher Nolan.
For the last month and a half, I’ve gone through the filmography of my favorite director: Christopher Nolan. So since I’ve watched and thought about all of these movies in that time span, I thought it would only be fitting to rank them.
The first time I watched this movie, I didn’t get it. Its structure was just too confusing. And I think that’s the biggest (and possibly only) knock on it. But as with just about every Nolan film, it gets better with subsequent viewings since you’re able to understand it that much more.
Man, this is an awesome movie. But not “awesome” in the limiting sense that it just looks cool and some crazy things happen. It’s awesome all around. The story, the message, the music, the cinematography, the acting, the direction… everything.
What makes most of Nolan’s movies so great is that they get better with each subsequent viewing. You pick up on things that you didn’t before and are able to piece the overall plot together in a much more coherent way. Things that didn’t make sense the first time around begin to make perfect sense and you’re just in awe with what Nolan is able to do with his storytelling. Unfortunately, when you go back and watch The Dark Knight Rises, things that didn’t make sense the first time either continue to not make sense or, in some cases, make even less sense than they did before.
So much has been said about The Dark Knight in the last ten years. It’s widely regarded as the greatest superhero film ever made, so it’s only natural that every last second of it would be examined. Two of the things that people love most about it are how great of a villain the Joker is and how it is able to transcend the superhero genre.
If you watched Memento and Insomnia, then you probably would have had a hard time guessing that Christopher Nolan would be the next person to direct a Batman movie. But that’s exactly what happened. Nolan brings a completely new take to what a superhero movie could be.
I’m a little biased towards Inception because it is my favorite movie. It takes a totally original idea and is able to build a world around it in two and a half hours, all while crafting a story with memorable characters and iconic moments. Not to mention one of the most iconic final shots in film history. Inception is probably Nolan’s most well-known and universally liked film, other than the Dark Knight Trilogy, with good reason. It takes a deep dive into the mind of Dom Cobb to see what a father would do to get back to his kids.
Almost every time I watch a Christopher Nolan movie, I think, “Wow, this may be his best one.” The Prestige is no different. Nolan presents this story in such a unique way. If you thought he couldn’t come up with another original and imaginative way of presenting a story than he did for Memento, you’d be wrong. He takes you for a wild ride whenever he can.
These two movies are excellent but underappreciated. When people talk about Christopher Nolan movies, you’ll hear Memento mentioned because it’s what put him on the map, but Insomnia is hardly ever talked about. But it should be.