Christopher Nolan’s New Movie Sounds Weird
...And I Love Weird Shit
Christopher Nolan seems to be one of those directors that Hollywood deems can do no wrong, though it is for good reason. The man is a box office buster, after all, with two films under his belt that have crossed the one billion dollar mark. Also, who can forget The Dark Knight, which is the film that kind of made him the god of comic book nerds. It captured the hearts of both hardcore and casual audiences alike, and made Warner Bros. so much goddamn money that they kind of just let him do whatever he wanted after its success. Warner Bros. feels they can trust Nolan to deliver an amazing movie no matter how weird the premise is, and it seems Nolan’s new film might exactly be just that.
Some news has recently popped up that his new film will be “a globe-trotting adventure that has shades of the mind-bending nature of Inception, but does involve the time continuum.” Now, Nolan isn’t a stranger to unusual concepts. The breakout film that put him on the map, Memento, was told backwards and forced audiences to piece together the film’s plot themselves. He brought Batman back down to his dark and gritty roots after a few too many cheesy entries under a director that shall not be named (you know the one). He followed up with a heist film centered around invading people’s dreams, and an emotional love story that took place within a black hole. At this point, Nolan directs films about shit that he just makes up, and people eat it up every time.
Let me put it out there right now: I love weird shit, and I love Nolan’s weird movies. I’ve kind of learned at this point that the more mind-bending or subtly thought-provoking a film is, the more I love analyzing and pulling it apart to try and find out the subtext behind it. I remember diving into the rabbit hole that was the Inception explanation videos on YouTube because it was incredibly interesting to hear other viewers’ interpretation of its ambiguous ending. Also, Interstellar‘s unique way of tying its beginning and ending together cohesively left me in awe, even if I needed help later in understanding how it actually worked. That’s one of the strengths of Nolan’s “out there” methods of storytelling: it creates discussion, and that discussion breeds popularity. Robert Pattinson, who has been a cast member in Nolan’s secretive new project, stated that he had been cautious about being involved in well-known films for years (likely due to the impact that Twilight had in pop culture), but there was just something about Nolan’s projects that drew him in. Pattinson will star alongside Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman).
His new film’s premise of dealing with the time continuum is a large feat that is not so easily accomplished. Nolan has a tendency to create rules that benefit his stories. Inception was easier for him to make up as he went along since dreams do not really have any rhyme or reason to them, despite the rules he did set up in the film. Interstellar was a leap up from that, as there were more concrete scientific laws he had to abide by, but he nonetheless had some breathing room to work with since what happens on the inside of a black hole is still currently unknown. Time is a whole different monster; time has logic to it, and Nolan cannot bend logic to fit his story’s needs as he did with his other two concepts. For this new film, Nolan will have to work around the existing laws around our understanding of time in order to avoid creating paradoxes that audiences will surely be quick to point out. Although, I trust him to deliver on a product that will be both visually stunning and complex. However, I have some reservations about how he will craft some mind-boggling scenarios that won’t have viewers scratching their heads in the middle of it.
There isn’t a set release date yet for the project, but it’s expected to release sometime in July of 2020.
-Derek Luat Tran