We’ve been waiting in anticipation ever since we saw the first trailer of Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine. Christopher Nolan is one of those rare directors who are capable of giving us big-budget movies on complex topics that don’t insult our senses or try to pander to the lowest common denominator. His Dark Knight trilogy bolstered the dead Batman franchise and superhero films in general while Inception was without a doubt one of the most intelligent science fiction films ever made.
Nolan, when talking about his style of filmmaking once said: ‘Films are subjective – what you like, what you don’t like, but the thing for me that is absolutely unifying is the idea that every time I go to the cinema and pay my money and sit down and watch a film go up onscreen, I want to feel that the people who made that film think it’s the best movie in the world, that they poured everything into it and they really love it. Whether or not I agree with what they’ve done, I want that effort there – I want that sincerity. And when you don’t feel it, that’s the only time I feel like I’m wasting my time at the movie’
So while wait for Interstellar to finally hit the theatres in India on November 7, here are five Christopher Nolan movies that should warm you up for the maestro’s next big thing:
The Dark Knight Trilogy
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises – when put together – is the most well-made superhero trilogy of all time. From Batman’s origin story to his eventual retirement, the trilogy boasted some of the most classic Hollywood moments ever seen on screen. The Dark Knight trilogy was more film noir than comic book movie and finally gave Batman fans the movie that they needed and deserved. Along with a no-nonsense Bale as Batman, there were charismatic performances from Heath Ledger as Joker, Tom Hardy as Bane and Anna Hathaway as Catwoman. Even if you don’t like superhero movies, there’s no way you can ignore these movies if you’ve functioning brain cells.
It’s hard enough to sell an idea that people will consider crazy but somehow Nolan convinced the big guys who run Warner Brothers about the commercial viability of a movie about dream-catchers. And he managed to get Leonardo Di Caprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page and other big hitters to be part of his dream project (pun intended). Combing various genres like sci-fi, film noir and heist films, Inception’s unique plotline and perceived reality makes it one of the greatest movies made in this generation. Once you’ve watched this, you will never see your dreams the same way.
Memento was essentially the movie that launched Christopher Nolan’s career and made the world sit up and notice. A plot in which protagonist is suffering from anteretrograde amnesia is a psychological thriller with amazing twists and turns. But, everyone in India is probably familiar with the storyline because of Aamir Khan’s Ghajini, which was a blatant rip-off. Nolan actually told Anil Kapoor that he was upset about his masterpiece being copied which means it’s a good thing that he hasn’t seen Dhoom 3 which essentially is a bad mishmash of Nolan flicks over the years!
You know shit just got real when Wolverine and Batman battle each other by performing magic tricks! The movie has Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale playing rival magicians while popular musician David Bowie plays inventor Nikolas Tesla! An amazing movie with a stellar cast, Nolan beautifully depicts this period drama with elan. Sadly, Aamir Khan’s Dhoom 3 would go on to steal vital elements from this flick and ruin it for anyone who has suffered through Dhoom 3.
If you love dark thrillers and Al Paccino, then Nolan has the perfect movie for you. Starring Paccino, Robin Williams and Hillary Swank the movie is a remake of Norwegian film and bolstered Nolan’s reputation as a serious filmmaker. Even the director of the Norwegian film Erik Skjoldbjærg, was impressed with the remake: “Well I haven’t seen it for quite a while, but when I first saw it it was a very strange experience because it was quite close, stylistically, to the original. I felt lucky that it’s such a well crafted, smart film and that it had a really good director handling it, because as a remake I think it did really well and it doesn’t hurt any original if a remake is well done. So I felt I was lucky that Christopher Nolan took it upon himself to do it.’