I want to stop and look at Nolan for what he is. I acknowledge that he is flawed. I would not place him in the pantheon of currently working directors. But he is not a hack. His films are careful and deliberate. In fact, their very "deliberateness" is the key aesthetic quality which defines him, and which makes him popular. He is a filmmaker for people who love plots.
Let's not forget that Nolan is a major commercial filmmaker. He may have gotten his start with a low-budget 16mm independent film, but he is not Richard Linklater. That is, he is not a man working in Hollywood who retains an independent-minded aesthetic, who wants to use his films to explore the human condition. Nolan wants to entertain. Any ideas which pop up throughout his films are secondary.With that in mind, I'm going to survey Nolan's films, looking at what works in each of them and what they have in common. I think by both taking Nolan seriously and putting him in perspective we can see what is good about his movies, what we can take away from them, and why, perhaps, they inspire so much passion.
The whole article, which I think is fairly accurate and interesting, can be read here: http://www.slantmagazine.com/house/2010/08/christopher-nolan-what-are-we-watching-exactly/