After doing full career retrospectives on Michael Mann and Quentin Tarantino last year, it didn’t take long to figure out whose directorial career the Aftertaste was going to tackle next. An influencer, and someone whose films can be dissected to death, Christopher Nolan is someone who has a firm grasp on what kind of vision he wants to display. From Batman to focused World War II stories, Nolan has certainly run the gamut of what kind of stories he has to tell. But with the only Nolan related things covered in this podcast being his Dark Knight Trilogy, as well as him having a film called Tenet scheduled to come out this summer, we felt it was time to tackle the rest of his career. So join myself, Jack, and Matt as we look at what his career outside of the cowl has consisted of, while leading up to a review of Tenet.
Though there have been plenty of emotional scenes in Nolan's work, there was never any project of his which seemed too personal to him. His work, as Matt has pointed out previously in this retrospective, has been very clinical, and there hadn't been that one film which came from a place within his heart. Until Dunkirk.
When Nolan announced that his follow-up to Interstellar was a World War II film based on an incident that happened in Britain which took place before Americans became involved, there were plenty of turned heads who didn't think he could pull it off. But, what else is new? When Dunkirk came out in the winter of 2017, Nolan proved that he could indeed make a personal film which transformed to box office gold. Three years later, Matt, Jack, and myself review the three perspective film (or is it an experience?) and determine if it deserves to be placed among Nolan's best work. Be forewarned. There is a review in this podcast which shocked the other two.
Ten down, one to go! Listen to the end as we talk about how we are handling the roll out of our Tenet review, and thanks a ton for all your patience as we get through this longer than expected retrospective.
Dunkirk (2017) (?/10, ?/10, ?/10)
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