I don’t have a single favourite director for the reason of enjoying too many films. However, if I had to choose one, I would choose Christopher Nolan. I first discovered Christopher Nolan when my Dad introduced me to the Batman films. I never used to enjoy comic book films, but now I love them, and I believe Christopher Nolan had a part to play in that. A lot of the older comic book films now seem quite dated and cheesy. So, when I watched films where Batman was played by George Clooney or the original Spiderman Trilogy, I wasn’t impressed. Then one day I am introduced by my Dad to Batman The Dark Knight (2008) by Christopher Nolan and I was immediately drawn in. From the get-go, the film had a darker and more serious tone. Everything about the film was exciting and everything from Heath Ledger's convincing performance as the Joker to Hans Zimmer’s thrilling score kept me hooked. Nolan’s take on Batman was based on the idea of if Batman was actually real, so his trilogy of films was a unique chapter in Batman’s film history and a return to success for the franchise after suffering several blows many years prior. An interesting realisation from recently re-watching Nolan’s trilogy was that it was the only set of Batman films I truly enjoy. Any Batman film since I simply haven’t been able to enjoy. For me, Nolan balanced humour and seriousness and that is probably why I enjoy the MCU films so much. More recently I discovered more of Nolan’s films. The mind-boggling Inception was a fun but at times confusing film that explored the concept of dreams and ideas. The heist like element of the film was particularly gripping and had me on the edge of my seat. Leonardo Di Caprio’s performance was surprisingly enjoyable as I’m not normally a fan of his. His performance blended well with the darker parts of the film as his character (Cobb) has a particularly haunting past. Again, Nolan uses the brilliance of Hans Zimmer to set the tone of the film and his score accompanies each scene of the film really well.
To conclude, these are the reasons why I enjoy Christopher Nolan’s work so much and why he is one of my favourite directors.
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