Guilty! Today we speak of a man who is guilty of witchcraft on the big screen and spellbinding the audience. A vandal who has broken box-office records, an arsonist who has set Hollywood ablaze with series blockbusters and the rogue who has redefined the standards for superhero movies which may never be bested. This criminal mastermind with his ingenuity has directed ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008), ‘Inception’ (2010) and ‘Interstellar’ (2014) among countless masterpieces. But we often forget to attribute the best of his contributions- the memes! This person is none other than acclaimed, big buck Hollywood Film Director, Christopher Nolan

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It is no secret that Nolan has procured his fair share of fame and hatred through his directorial skills but the point we can all converge on is the fact that no one tells a story better than Chris Nolan. What goes on behind the production of the bewitching Nolan films from ‘The Prestige’ to ‘The Dark Knight Rises’? How does he bring in the cash while producing artistically superior content? We at Lebu Cha, went ‘deeper’ into dissect the techniques, ranging from perspective to cinematography, which make Nolan great.

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It is evident from movies like Memento, The Dark Knight, Interstellar and even Inception that the fundamental theme of almost all his movies revolves around the quest for an identity.

The movies are filmed from a very personal perspective where the audience and the characters discover themselves caught in the fray, simultaneously. We overcame Bruce Wayne’s fears and we suffered Leonard’s angst as tragedy resurfaced every hour. Enabling the audience to mimic the reactions and emotions of the characters on-screen aided them to fully immerse themselves in the labyrinth in which Nolan captivates us.

Dream or Reality?

inceptionMost of the Nolan directorials shuffle and pick actors from the same hat of formidable talent. Michael Caine, Christian Bale, Cillian Murphy and Anne Hathaway are among recurring faces in his movies. This allows Nolan to understand and communicate the nuances of the character’s attributes more comprehensively. As most of his plots are character heavy, this does wonders for complex character development: making characters more relatable. Will there ever be a ‘Joker’ portrayed better than Heath Ledger’s anarchist, manic, violence-inducing, chaos-mongering villain? Nolan’s intellectual contributions in erecting one of the most memorable characters in film history are indisputable.

While complex plots, sophisticated character portrayal and psychological shockers are common to his movies, the cinematography also plays a key role in making a movie Nolanesque. The dextrous application of IMax cameras to narrate awe-inspiring visual poetry as seen in Interstellar and Inception is what truly made us fall in love with Nolan. The camera work is genuine with massive lengths overcome to make it look as real as possible. The shots invoke both emotion and curiosity (the spinning totem, anyone?) that keeps us glued to the screen and lined up to buy the tickets.

Nonetheless, the movies directed by him are not flawless to say the least. The fetish with scripting clichéd dialogues and gimmicks have put him under fire countless times. But Nolan being himself has turned his weakness to his strength. In an era with reduced attention spans and easy distractions, audiences seek for shiny dialogues to quote from movies. Nolan has provided us with a plethora of inspiring quotes which we use to caption our irrelevant Instagram posts and unrelated Facebook videos (and the memes!). Even Donald Trump quotes Bane!

“Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

And Nolan seems to be slaying it with his movies.

Genius or a hack? Under-appreciated or overrated? To be lauded or trolled? Let us know in the comments below!


by Ishmamul Hawk