After seeing Dunkirk twice already since its release, I decided to break down my favorite Christopher Nolan movies. Now, keep in mind, this is MY personal favorites. As far as it goes for his top 5 in general, or in the mind of IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes, I’m probably very different. Which is okay. There are also some movies on here you’re probably shocked not to see… Interstellar for example. This doesn’t mean I don’t like that movie. I think it’s great! Is it one of my favorites? Not entirely. But I do think it’s a masterful piece of filmmaking that shouldn’t go without recognition.
You should just check out all of his movies anyways. The man is a genius.
LET’S START WITH MY NUMBER 5 CHOICE.
This was a movie I watched fairly recently. It was his second full-length feature film that he wrote and directed (the first one titled “Following”, which is also worth a watch). It stars Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano. It’s about a young man who tries to solve the murder of his wife while struggling with short-term memory loss. The story starts from the end and works backwards. Sounds pretty Nolan-esque, doesn’t it? It was a movie that really made me think about the story and the writing. I was immediately invested from the moment it started. Confused, but invested. If you haven’t seen this film yet, you can check it out immediately on Netflix!
4. The Prestige
Another movie I watched fairly recently and loved. This movie has an incredibly cast, from Hugh Jackman to Christian Bale to Michael Cane to DAVID BOWIE. And many, many others. It’s the story of two stage magicians, played by Bale and Jackman, who end up in this competitive streak of trying to one-up one another and seeing who can come up with the greatest illusion. This movie does a phenomenal job of building tension amongst everyone involved. No one is a good guy or a bad guy, it’s all competition. It’s a very non-linear story, like all Nolan films, but it’s unique and well worth it when the ending rolls around.
Easily Christopher Nolan’s most well-written film, in my opinion. I still watch it and try to think how they did it so well. This is a movie that Nolan really took a chance on with his audience. I feel like he laid perfect ground work with his previous films for his style of writing, then jumped head first into Inception and took his audience with him whether they liked it or not. For those that are unfamiliar, Inception starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page. It’s about a thief who steals corporate secrets through a dream-like technology, he’s then given the task of putting an idea into the mind of the CEO. A dream within a dream within a dream. Sound confusing? Wait until you watch it, if you haven’t yet for some reason. It’s definitely worth it.
I’ve already seen this movie twice. It came out last Thursday, and I’m ready for more viewings. EVERYTHING about this movie was exciting and riveting. It’s about the battle of Dunkirk during World War II. The story follows three separate areas during the battle; the mole (Dunkirk), the sea, and the air. And don’t worry, in true Nolan fashion there is a fancy format of writing and directing it. Which is the pièce de résistance on top of the whole movie. It’s much shorter then Nolan’s other films, runs about an hour and 45 minutes, but it keeps you on edge the entire time. From the precise sound editing to the beautiful sweeping aerial shots, everything about this film was remarkable. It has very little speaking and little-to-no character development, but it doesn’t need that. The movie is titled “Dunkirk”. It’s just about the battle… I didn’t need to hear anyone’s backstory. It was perfectly put together and easily one of my favorite films of his. Probably of 2017.
1. The Dark Knight
OBVIOUSLY this movie would be my number one favorite of Christopher Nolan’s. I think it’s at the top of many people’s lists. His Dark Knight trilogy was a wonderful new interpretation of Batman. What puts The Dark Knight at the top over Batman Begins or The Dark Knight Rises, though?
Heath. Ledger’s. Joker.
Everyone can agree it’s one of the greatest interpretations of the joker. Heath gave his all into that final role. It’s hard to believe how skeptical everyone was at first when he cast him. Nolan took his chances, and it paid off. He did the same with Harry Styles’ casting in Dunkirk. It all worked out in his favor. The Dark Knight is a movie that can be watched repeatedly without a sliver of boredom within it. It will always be one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. Again, in my opinion. But I think it’s a widely agreed upon one.
In conclusion, go out and check out Christopher Nolan’s filmography. There’s something special and unique to every film he’s made.