10 Harsh Truths You Don’t Want To Admit About Chris Nolan’s Movies

You might be angry going into this article but you’ll come out of it agreeing with it…

Jack Pooley


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Christopher Nolan is without question one of the most celebrated and talked about filmmakers working in Hollywood today. In just the space of a decade, he went from being an independent filmmaker working on smaller, more intimate dramas, to becoming one of the industry’s most reliable and acclaimed directors of big-budget entertainment, making his most prominent mark with his beloved Dark Knight trilogy.

Though it’s difficult to argue with Nolan’s technical skill or ability to viscerally entertain us, there are also a number of truths about his movies that maybe we just don’t want to admit.

It goes without saying that the majority of these issues stem from the latter portion of Nolan’s filmography, where he became more immersed in tentpole filmmaking, and no doubt felt the need to homogenise his work a little more for the sake of mass appeal.

It’s considerably more difficult to scrutinise the earlier movies of Nolan’s career, such as Memento and Insomnia, which with their R-ratings were less-constrained by studio mandate, and therefore felt more like the sort of pure Nolan movie we haven’t really seen since.

Though Interstellar seems to be walking the same stylistic line as Nolan’s last three movies, hopefully it can avoid at least some of their pitfalls and earn Nolan that Best Director Oscar nomination he’s long been craving. What do you think of Nolan as a filmmaker? Are we being too harsh? Or did we miss any major flaws in his work? Let us know in the comments!