Celebrated filmmaker Christopher Nolan is once again going in to bat for his friend and fellow director Zack Snyder for a new feature piece just published in The Atlantic.
There’s little question Snyder’s approach to filmmaking is distinct – highly stylised, relatively unambiguous, frequent use of slow motion, and a big focus on big action with macho stylings. If Michael Bay were less obsessed with Victoria’s Secret models, juvenile humor and patriotism, and more with comic books and genre fare – he’d be more like Snyder.
The article, titled ‘Zack Snyder, The Director People Love to Hate’, asked the question as to how one of the industry’s “most successful and influential filmmakers also become one of its most divisive?”
In the piece Nolan champions Snyder, the pair having worked together on “Man of Steel” a decade ago. Nolan says:
“There’s no superhero science-fiction film coming out these days where I don’t see some influence of Zack. When you watch a Zack Snyder film, you see and feel his love for the potential of cinema. The potential of it to be fantastical, to be heightened in its reality, but to move you and to excite you.”
It follows on from other praise by Nolan for Snyder during the “Rebel Moon” promotional circuit a few weeks back when the “Oppenheimer” filmmaker said Snyder’s adaptation of Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” was “ahead of its time”.
Snyder’s theatrical cut of the first part of his “Rebel Moon” saga has been on the receiving end of largely negative reviews thus far. Even so, the movie debuted to 23.9 million views over its first three days of availability on Netflix.