The two most important aspects of storytelling are obviously the story and the telling. I know a master of the both.
What separates Christopher Nolan from any other flamboyant director is that he’s not just telling a story but he’s living us through that. Through every bit of that. In every possible way.
A super hero falls into abyss. A demented character feels backwards. A magician tricks his own identity. A thief steals from your mind.
His characters and screenplay are the actual story. The scenes, sets, locations, fights, action, budget are extra, including the extras.
His narration transforms us into an illusion. But not so evidently. Subtly.
Every story has a beginning, the middle and the end. His stories have a thousand things in between. At times you’ll lose track of where you are, but subconsciously you know what’s going to happen next.
It’s like riding a roller coaster. You start and end at the same point. It is the only ride where your source and destination are the same. But you are not.
The super hero rises above. The demented character reveals his past forwards. The magician unveils his ultimate sacrifice. The thief returns to where he began from, YOUR DREAM!
The best way to describe a Christopher Nolan’s movie is to ask you to close your eyes. And feel the world.