Five most moving moments from Christopher Nolan films

Sreejith Mullappilly

Christopher Nolan’s films are often criticised for their lack of emotion. While this criticism is legit in some cases, it is uncalled for in others. There are many moments in his films that brim with emotion. Here are five moments from Nolan's filmography that either tug at our heartstrings or give us gooseflesh.

Commander Bolton’s Sacrifice in Dunkirk

In Nolan’s war film, Kenneth Branagh’s Commander Bolton tells James D'Arcy's Colonel Winnant that he will stay back to rescue the French. The remark causes surprise in the departing D'Arcy that gradually morphs into a sense of pride. Hans Zimmer's score lends an extra layer of heft to the scene, which subtly conveys the patriotic emotions of the characters and underlines Bolton’s sacrifice for the greater cause.

Astronaut Cooper’s Missed Years in Interstellar

The disparity between space and Earth times creates a heartbreaking situation in Interstellar. It shows Cooper's longing for his family, juxtaposed with the years he could not spend with them due to the mission. Exploring themes of sacrifice, time dilation, and the enduring power of love, the scene works as a punch to the gut.

Cobb Reuniting with His Children in Inception

This moment in Inception is cathartic because it hinges on the film's central conflict: Cobb's desire to return to his family. Seeing Leonardo DiCaprio's character finally team up with his children, especially after the ambiguity of the spinning totem, brings a sense of relief and closure.

Oppenheimer's Speech

J Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, delivers a speech to a rapturous crowd soon after he completes his nuclear mission in Oppenheimer. Even as the crowd gives him a heroic reception, he grapples with immense guilt and responsibility for the devastating consequences of his creation. His speech explores the weight of scientific discovery and the moral and ethical dilemmas it presents.

"The Hero Gotham Deserves" in The Dark Knight

At the end of The Dark Knight, Batman takes the blame for Harvey Dent's wrongdoings, recommends portraying Dent as a symbol of hope for the city, and chooses to become the villain instead. Describing Batman as "the Dark Knight," Gary Oldman's Commissioner Gordon acknowledges the Caped Crusader's immense sacrifice to save Gotham. The final moments of The Dark Knight pack an emotional wallop.