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The Nolan Variations Reviews

The Nolan Variations by Tom Shone

The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan

Tom Shone

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1 review

Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 5 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9780571347988

Christopher Nolan is a superstar, the reigning blockbuster auteur, who delivers unprecedented spectacle and intelligence and upends received wisdom in Hollywood over and again. With $4.5 billion in box office earnings, his films make Nolan the most successful Englishman in Hollywood since Hitchcock.

3 stars out of 5
31 Oct 2020

"Tom Shone is deferential in his interviews with the director — but the ear-splitting spectacles just leave the head spinning"

Over the years I have necessarily viewed The Prestige several times on the big screen. Every time, I have overheard members of the audience talking about the film as they leave the theatre. They feel challenged, enjoyably mystified; they wonder aloud at what they have seen. They have obviously been made to think. Nolan should take heed. Inadvertently, Shone’s book has a non-Prestige effect. Like one of Nolan’s later films, you leave the book with your head spinning, marvelling at the sights you have glimpsed, but you are empty of thoughts or ideas or, in the end, much interest.