Topic: Movies & TV
Christopher Nolan has made quite a name and following for himself in the movie business. His creative narratives and deep concepts captivate the minds of millions. But I have noticed that there is a recurring theme in Nolan's feature length films. A theme other than the use of Michael Caine that is.
In this post I am referring to full Nolan projects that he both wrote and directed. This excludes such films as Insomnia, Man of Steel, and Transcendence. Now, let's take a look.
In his first movies outside of The Dark Knight Trilogy, Nolan makes viewers confused with his interesting and complicated use of nonlinear storytelling. These examples include Following, Memento, and The Prestige. The narratives bounce around in time more than a toddler on eight Red Bulls bounces around in space.
In Inception, the storytelling is pretty much linear, but still very complicated. It's the content of the story that plays with time. As the characters enter the different dream levels, the speed of time changes. Various things happen all at once, affecting everyone in all the levels, but they happen at different speeds.
Most recently, Interstellar played with time in a similar manner and made the time theme much more obvious. The characters experience time differently in different locations. Again, various things happen all at once, but at different speeds. But there is also a certain amount of time travel involved, as when Cooper finds himself in the fifth dimension and interacts with his own past.
The Dark Knight Trilogy seems to diverge from Nolan's usual film making styles. The films are still very good, but they do not have as complex of content and they do not play much with time. Of course, there are spaces of years during and between the movies in which we see how people change, so perhaps that is how Nolan slipped his theme in there.
Obviously, Nolan finds something appealing about messing with time. We will see if this continues in his next movie coming out in 2017. (See IMDb and Cinema Blend.)
In conclusion, I have a question I really need to ask. If he were to manage an episode or the whole show with his signature style and interest in time, what would Christopher Nolan's take on Doctor Who be like?
P.S. Interesting fact: Following and Inception each have an important character named Cobb. Additionally, each Cobb is a thief of some sort. Coincidence?
P.P.S. Sorry for the delay between posts over the holidays. I have plans for several posts, I just have to gather my thoughts and materials together. And don't worry. The Star Wars post is still on the way.
- James D. McIntosh Jr.
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