Idle thoughts on cinema in 500 words (give or take a few). by Ian Scott Todd
Unfortunately, the author leaves out one of Nolan's best films: THE PRESTIGE. It's a brilliantly-made, watchable movie that is chock-full of everything the author claims is missing from Nolan's films. I consider it a better film than INCEPTION or his Batman movies.
I think The Prestige is one of the only Nolan films I haven't seen, so I should check it out. I do think that Memento is a good film, too.
Nolan casts Christian Bale in everything, so I can't fault him. That probably accounts for why I've seen all of his major films.
The Prestige is the ultimate example of what Nolan's films are obsessed with: the twist, the illusion, the puzzle, the cheat. These devices may leave the viewer saying, "What did I just watch and what does it mean?!" at the end of a Nolan film (although The Prestige kind of ruins it by explaining too much). There is something to be said for the ability to create this feeling for the viewer and the ability to replicate it in multiple films. However, when looking at Nolan's body of work as a whole, the cheat seems stale. I think that the major ramp-up of special effects in his films as of late are yet another trick - a distraction from his predictable plot patterns.