We braved the theater to see Christopher Nolan’s latest spectacle. Was it worth it?
Directed by: Christopher Nolan Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan Edited by: Jennifer Lame Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema Music by: Ludwig Göransson Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Inception recently turned 10 and since we can’t see Christopher Nolan’s new movie yet, we thought this was the perfect time to revisit Inception… that dream within a dream… within a dream.
Directed by: Christopher Nolan Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan Edited by: Lee Smith Cinematography: Wally Pfister Music by: Hans Zimmer Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Our favorite movies series continues with Matt’s favorite film: The Prestige.
Directed by: Christopher Nolan Produced by: Emma Thomas, Aaron Ryder, Christopher Nolan Written by: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan Cinematography: Wally Pfister Edited by: Lee Smith Music by: David Julyan Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Andy Serkis, David Bowie Production Company: Syncopy Distributed by: Warner Brothers
Dunkirk is a $150 million experimental film in the guise of a blockbuster.
Writer/director Christopher Nolan has made a career out of crafting smarter-than-average crowd-pleasing movies that function as puzzles as well as dramatic stories.
But Dunkirk is something different when it comes to subject matter. It’s not a sci-fi, mind-bending adventure like Interstellar or Inception. It’s not a grounded take on a superhero like his Batman films. It’s not a non-linear character-driven drama like Memento or The Prestige (my personal favorite).
Nolan has historically locked down his film sets tight in an effort to prevent spoilers from leaking out. But with Dunkirk, a film based on the evacuation of nearly 400,000 British soldiers from France at the beginning of World War II, the story is already known – at least by the history books. It’s a story engrained in the British psyche.
Had the evacuation at Dunkirk failed, World War II would have gone very differently. Nolan’s film only gives hints of that greater context. It’s not much of a history lesson. You won’t learn a lot about what actually happened not because the movie is inaccurate, but because it’s focused on the psychological experience.