NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Christopher Nolan attends the "Interstellar" New York premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 3, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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Christopher Nolan Somehow Manages To See Comedy In His 'Darkly Serious' Films
Critics of Christopher Nolan’s movies bemoan not being able to emotionally connect with the characters and are often exhausted by the starkly bleak tone of many of his films. However, as strange as it might sound, Nolan believes his films actually contain quite a bit of levity.
Nolan considers two of his most serious movies, “Memento” and “Insomnia,” to not be humorless at all; as he said in a 2002 interview with Movie Web, “I think both of them are quite funny, maybe no one else agrees.” Although he considers them both to be “darkly serious,” he still noted that “they get a lot of laughter at screenings.”
Nolan’s upcoming film “Oppenheimer,” an historical epic about physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his work on The Manhattan Project that led to the development of the atomic bomb, doesn't exactly seem like a laugh riot. However, one may hope Nolan will return to his earlier approach of slipping in more humor into his stories, no matter how dark the subject matter gets.