What are birthday wishes for a man like Christopher Nolan, most of whose movies take place in some dimension of reality, simultaneously in all the tenses?
What are birthday wishes for a man like Christopher Nolan, most of whose movies take place in some dimension of reality, simultaneously in all the tenses? The characters in whose movies give up everything to get in touch with their conscious reality, not relying on delusion; how do you wish such a man? The man whose production company’s logo is a centre less maze and reads as ‘SYNCOPY’, which is essentially a temporary loss of consciousness. The person whose films are filled with alternate fatherly figures, wry yet reliable men who fight the unreal. The director whose films stay in a thin dimension where mainstream and cult coexist. The visionary whose admiration is a singularity. The man whose mien of tranquility adds a mystique, which can make twisted storylines, big and profitable but on his own terms. When a man can play with reality and to support his plots made of kinks, accelarating and reversing in in continually moving time signatures, consumed in recurrent chicanery and evolved daunting, brooding and beguling quandary of interpretation. Even his Batman movies, set majorly is a linear structure, did resonate in a very shadowy political allegorical way. His films are not innately cold, as lobbed at Nolan by his critics, instead that ‘technical’ theme is a reality which dissolves the line between private and populist cinema. It doesn’t matter if you are a fanboy or a critic, you do watch his movies twice, or sometimes thrice, to get to the finer details and then when you find out, you are in a state of blur, and then you salute this man. How do you celebrate? Well watching a few of his movies ‘closely’ and maybe see how his concealed stories work. How he uses obfuscation using metafictive elements, as a narrative technique. Here are three movies with more turning-points and cathartic climaxes.
1. The Prestige: A clever prestidigitisation among dueling magician drama set in a Victorian template, in a way is a commentary on technology and films.The movie uses stages of a good magic trick: ‘pledge’, ‘turn’ and ‘prestige’. The feedback loop in the Tesla-made replicating machine ensure that we can never be sure who dies in the end.
2. Memento: A noir thriller with the chronology of reverse-spliced helix is a indie favourite. The dual structure of Memento moves around the distinct narratives of revenge of delusion of a man who inorder to live, forgets.
3. Inception: A series of nested dreamscapes and a heist. An apotheosis of the director’s love of parallel narratives this film is pure metafiction. A revelation of stories within stories hint at limitless cosmic expansions. Where artistic method is explored through dream functions.