With the blockbuster success of his ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy, ‘Inception’ and (presumably) this week’s new sci-fi epic ‘Interstellar’, Christopher Nolan is one of the most powerful filmmakers in Hollywood. He’s also often regarded as one of the smartest and best. But do his movies really live up to their acclaim, or is Christopher Nolan more hype than substance?
As a reminder, the following are the movies that Christopher Nolan has directed. In most cases, he has also written or co-written the screenplays for his films.
- ‘Insomnia‘ (2002)
- ‘Batman Begins‘
- ‘The Prestige‘
- ‘The Dark Knight‘
- ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘
I honestly think that ‘Memento’ is one of the best movies from the past 20 years. In my opinion, it’s a perfectly written and directed masterpiece. I also thought that ‘Insomnia’ was a quality effort, if not quite on the same level. While I’m still not sure how I feel about the plot twist at the end of ‘The Prestige’, I find it to be an interesting movie with a lot of merits.
I enjoyed ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’ a lot, though I think that the plot to the latter was far too overcrowded with storylines and characters. It would have been better served to focus only on the Joker and to save Harvey Dent’s story for a sequel.
‘Inception’ is a very frustrating movie. It’s overly-expository nature, with characters explaining, explaining, explaining, explaining and explaining everything that happens, really wore me down, despite the inventive action sequences. I was also annoyed at how little the film’s depiction of dreaming resembles the way dreams actually work.
‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is a disaster – just a dull, sloppy and incoherently plotted movie that’s no fun at all.
My overall impression is that Nolan is a smart guy who started his career brilliantly, but the more movies he makes, the worse they get. Perhaps he really only had one great movie in him, and everything else has been an attempt to live up to that.
I haven’t seen ‘Interstellar’ at the time of this writing, but the very mixed things I’ve heard about it suggest that it won’t change my opinion any.