“I think audiences get too comfortable in today’s movies. They believe in everything they’re hearing and seeing. I like to shake that up.”
This quote by director Christopher Nolan perfectly illustrates his career and visionary approach to filmmaking. He is a master at using the cinematic form to shake up the expectations of the audience. With the flashback narrative of Memento, the dreamscapes of Inception, and the depth of the Dark Knight Trilogy, Nolan has displayed his unique storytelling prowess.
This quote also has me thinking about the grand vision that awaits us in his upcoming World War II epic Dunkirk. Nolan himself declares the film to be more of a survival story than a conventional war film. Dunkirk tells the true story of 400,000 men of the British army who were trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, France surrounded by German forces. It will be interesting to see what unique narrative style Nolan will utilize to tell this suspenseful true story.
Dunkirk opens July 21 and stars Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and Mark Rylance.