And so you voted Inception as the Best Christopher Nolan film! I must admit that I had expected that The Dark Knight would win this one, I’m pleasantly surprised by the result as I think Inception is a significantly better film, it’s just that I thought the love everyone has for Heath Ledger’s Joker would dominate this poll. Perhaps the most shocking result for me then was The Prestige not receiving a single vote, and also I thought that The Dark Knight Rises would outshine Batman Begins. Long story short I completely mispredicted these results!
Next up it’s a big one; vote for the best Bond film in the sidebar on the right, and in two weeks I’ll be giving my order with reasons why, and of course will also be reviewing Skyfall!
Scroll down for the percentages and also my ranking of Nolan’s films from worst to best. Thanks for voting!
Here’s the statistics:
Inception – 31.25%
The Dark Knight – 25%
Memento – 18.75%
Batman Begins – 12.5%
The Dark Knight Rises – 6.25%
Insomnia – 6.25%
Following – 0%
The Prestige – 0%
Nolan ‘s debut is an interesting film that packs a lot into its one hour running time, it has an intriguing plot but at the same time isn’t particularly memorable. It’s one that I would recommend checking out, albeit mainly as a curiosity piece rather than as a film in its own right. It’s not bad, but doesn’t have enough about it in order to place it higher on this list.
7. Batman Begins
I enjoy Cillian Murphy’s performance in this film and there are other elements which are entertaining, but overall I feel a little underwhelmed by Batman Begins. I appreciate the decision to take time establishing character and motivation, as opposed to rushing our character straight into a superhero costume – however I happen to not really enjoy the origin process in this film, and at times it verges on being dull. I can appreciate why many people do really love this film, and generally I find it enjoyable enough, it’s just that it always leaves me a little cold.
This one often seems to be rather disliked, but I’m quite a fan of it; Al Pacino and Robin Williams both give great performances, and the film also provides a genuinely interesting relationship between a cop and the man he is trying to chase down. I think is a good example of its genre – not excellent but definitely entertaining, and worth seeing for Robin Williams alone.
5. The Dark Knight Rises
This is a better made film than ‘The Dark Knight’, but it lacked as compelling a villain; I’m always full of admiration for Tom Hardy but he had a nearly impossible task competing with Ledger’s Joker. It’s not that I expected Hardy to be better than him; it’s just that I found his character rather uninteresting, which of course then damages the film a fair bit. Still, there are a lot of things that I liked about this film such as Anne Hathaway’s awesome Catwoman, and the grand scale and real sense of threat which I felt the film really delivered on, but it also let me down a little and felt a little lacking once I came away from it.
4. The Prestige
I’ve never quite connected with why some people love this film, but that being said there’s a lot to like here: the story of two rivalling magicians trying to oust the other appeals to me, there are good performances all round especially Bale’s, the plot has multiple satisfying twists and turns, and then David Bowie turns up in an unexpected, but completely welcome role! It’s a good film and if you haven’t seen it then I do recommend it, it’s just it’s not quite good enough to make it into the top three.
3. The Dark Knight
For me this film is all about Heath Ledger, everything regarding his excellent performance has already been said endless times before and so I won’t dwell here long, except to say that it singlehandedly raises this film into a completely different category. I take issue with several things in The Dark Knight; for example how uncomfortable and badly managed the action sequences are, and yet it’s also a lot of fun with a multitude of quotable lines, and moments like the pencil magic trick – which is awesome. Without Ledger’s contribution being so impressive this would be perhaps a slightly better than average, albeit flawed superhero film, and yet because of it this one makes it into my top three.
It was really tough not putting this one first, I’ve championed this one for years as the best of Nolan’s films due to its highly inventive and intelligent narrative structure, as well as the absorbing story and great performances. Memento had quite an impact on me when I first watched it and it’s only by a fraction that it doesn’t come in at first place.
And so it turns out that I agree with the poll results! It was a tough choice for me to make, but after re-watching all these films Inception’s bravery, style, plot, score, concepts and excellent cast won me over and I just had to crown it winner. I just think that this one succeeds phenomenally well at being exactly what it intends to be and also has an emotional core which helps place it just above Memento. Ultimately I’m sure that I’ll flit between preferring one or the other in the future, but I think that Inception has to trump Memento when it comes to experimenting within a well recognised genre, and then proceeding to make it your own.
Many thanks for reading through my list, please leave comments below and perhaps suggest your own ranking order.