This past Oscar season, director Christopher Nolan got the closest he’s gotten yet to obtaining the Best Director Oscar with his most recent film Dunkirk. Though while that may have been perhaps his most visceral film to date, the rest of the films in his catalog are plenty good in their own right. It’s with that in mind that Honest Trailers has opted to dig into his entire slate of films and pick them all apart.
If you’re a film fan who’s seen most of, if not all, of Nolan’s work, you know there’s a real consistency in style and tone that really cement him as something of an auteur, for better or worse. In the trailer, the start things off by pointing out his consistent color scheme, which is apparently due to his color blindness, where he is unable to see red-green.
From there, he pokes at the constant stream of dead wives prevalent throughout his films as well as the inherent coldness in his films. This is perhaps the most agreed-upon weakness in his films. While they may ultimately play like interlocking puzzle pieces, they also tend to be very logical and nearly devoid of real, visceral emotion — though I’d argue that Interstellar is plenty emotional, but that’s an argument for another day.
Of course, you can’t talk about Nolan without at least bringing up his (over?)use of nonlinear storytelling. From Dunkirk to Memento and The Prestige, he’s never one to tell a straightforward narrative, no matter how straightforward the actual subject matter may be. All that aside, he is still very much a compelling storyteller who manages to create suspenseful, original cinematic experiences that only a handful of directors can create, and love him or hate him, there is no denying his overall influence and importance to the medium.
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SOURCE: Screen Junkies