With the release of what many are calling the “masterpiece” “Dark Knight”,
many people across the world have been trying to find out about and analyze
Many of these people, including those who have reviewed Nolan’s films and concluded that each successive film
contains an advancement of his style or re-enforces his central theme.
This comes as no surprise given Mr. Nolan’s approach to filmmaking; he has applied this repetition to various elements present throughout each film.
These elements are the use of a non-linear narrative,
the creation of characters that are morally flawed, and frequent usage of symbolism to help convey central themes.
Many of Mr. Nolan’s viewers believe that this particular approach helps enhance the audience’s experience with his films.
Many critics refer to Nolan as a “story-teller” in this regard because
he is able to carefully craft a visual story by using his unique style and choice of using repeated elements.
By utilizing these repeated elements, Christopher Nolan creates a sense of unity in his approach to film making,
which ultimately causes his viewers to have similar reactions when they watch any given film by him.
The central theme of every Christopher Nolan film is to show how society is in some way flawed,
usually because it fails to adhere to its own rules and regulations which could possibly be directly related to the protagonist.
This theme is evident in his first two films Memento and Insomnia. In the first two films,
exhibits a predilection for contrasting the very image of a hero with the very image of a villain;
by juxtaposing Thomas Jane’s pyromaniac with Joe Pantoliano’s cold-blooded killer.
In his first novel “Memento” the protagonist,
Leonard Shelby, is a prisoner who suffers from short term memory loss due to a severe traumatic incident.
The second film, Insomnia, is arguably Christopher Nolan’s most well known film
Insomnia have been attributed to Mr. Nolan’s unique style, the film deals with a more serious theme
in which the main character does not know what is right or wrong.
The main protagonist in Insomnia, Dormer, played by Al Pacino is presented as a moral man
who refuses to accept the corrupt nature of his own police force.
He is initially shown as a man who still believes that there is some good left in the world and this quality strikes up similarity to Batman,
is another character who tries to restore justice and order during troubled times.
The third movie that presents Nolan’s use of repetition of central thematic elements is Batman Begins.
The story of Batman Begins is the story of a man who has lost his direction in life and turns to a life of crime-fighting to redeem himself and justify his existence.
The main character, Bruce Wayne, has become a shell of his former self
This particular theme is similar to that explored in Insomnia in which both main characters are seen as morally sound characters
who are trying to rectify wrongdoings within their respective cities. what can a motif contribute to, or become, when it gathers larger significance throughout a text?
The fourth film
that exhibits Nolan’s use of this particular thematic element is The Dark Knight.
The story of The Dark Knight tells the story of a man who has lost his “hero” and has become an angry vigilante.
It also tells the story of how a man’s life is ultimately defined by his choices,
and in order to define himself Bruce Wayne must choose to either end on an ending note of success or failure.
The main character in this film is Harvey Dent, who eventually becomes Two Face as a result of being disfigured as
The result of wounding during a conflict with other criminals.
Many of Nolan’s movies focus on the corruption of society and the men who take advantage of it.
The final movie that exhibits Christopher Nolan’s use of repetition to create a sense of unity throughout his films is The Prestige.