Christopher Nolan turns 42 years old today. Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Nolan is most known for his creation of “The Dark Knight” trilogy, but he has also written and/or directed other films throughout the years, including “Memento,” “Insomnia,” “The Prestige” and “Inception.”
Nolan’s first movie in the US was “Memento” in 2000. Nolan wrote and directed the very unique film. The movie was quite different from most. There are two separate storylines in the film. In one storyline, the viewer sees events reversed. The other storyline progresses normally, with each event being in progressive order. The reason for this is that Guy Pearce’s character, Leonard, has short-term memory loss and he uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife. The film earned Nolan his first Academy Award nomination for writing.
In 2002, Nolan directed the mystery drama “Insomnia.” The film revolves around two L.A. homicide detectives who are dispatched to a northern Alaska town where the sun does not set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
In 2005, Christopher Nolan began his most popular films to date when he wrote and directed “Batman Begins,” the first in “The Dark Knight” trilogy. The film was an immediate success with its unbelievable special effects and even darker take on the “Batman” tale. There are numerous famous actors in the film, including Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. This only helped to add to the already terrific plot created by Nolan. The film chronicles the events and trials that led up to Bruce Wayne becoming Batman.
“The Prestige,” also starring Bale, was released in 2006. Nolan wrote and directed the twist filled film. The movie revolves around the rivalry between two magicians (Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman). The rivalry is only exacerbated when one of them performs the ultimate illusion, driving the other magician mad trying to determine how the illusion was accomplished.
“The Dark Knight” was released in 2008. The film is the second in “The Dark Knight” trilogy. Now if one has not seen the film, stop reading this article and watch it immediately. The film is one of the best movies to come out in the last ten years, if not ever. “The Dark Knight” continues the tale of Batman and in this installment, his confrontation with the Joker (played by Heath Ledger who posthumously won an Academy Award for his role). The film has an immense amount of action, drama and even some comedy. Storylines are blended effortlessly in the film, culminating in a fantastic two and a half hours of entertainment.
Going right along with Nolan’s previous unique works, “Inception” was released in 2010. Nolan also wrote and directed the film. “Inception” occurs in a world where technology exists to be able to enter the human mind through a dream invasion. In the film, a highly skilled thief (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is given the chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception.
The film is extremely original and contains many twists and turns that constantly leave the viewer contemplating what is real and what is not. For the film, Nolan gained his second Oscar nomination for writing. It is a true crime that Nolan was not even nominated for directing, since much of the film has a unique directed quality to it in order to provide the audience with the illusion that what is being watched is actually a dream.
A little over a week ago the final installment of “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises,” was released in theaters. It is written and directed by Nolan. The movie is spectacular like its predecessor “The Dark Knight.” However, “The Dark Knight” still has it beat in quality and greatness. The film picks up eight years after “The Dark Knight” and wraps up the trilogy in a way that should leave any fan of “Batman” proud.
Next year, the new “Superman” film, “Man of Steel” will be released. The film is written by Nolan and if it is anything like “The Dark Knight” trilogy, it too will be a giant success.
For a full list of all Nolan’s works, go to IMDB.
Celebrate Nolan’s birthday by watching one or more of his great films. This examiner recommends ALL of them.
Do not forget to check out the slideshow at the top of the page showing Nolan hard at work on his films.
Happy Birthday Christopher Nolan!