Finally got around to seeing this a couple days back. Alas, my fears borne of the SFX-laden trailer proved well-founded, except where I was concerned that the film's evident blockbuster ambitions would come at the expense
of its intelligence and nuance, those ambitions instead manifest as an artificial layering atop the film's solid conceptual and character-based core. That no ingredients are missing doesn't mean the end product works particularly well, however; what could've been a tight, gripping film with emotional resonance is reduced to an exhausting, blurred mess of (not particularly good) CGI punctuated at intervals by meaningful development. Inception manages to hold its head above water, but not by much.
It's too early to say if stardom has fatally compromised Nolan as a filmmaker; but as his first post-Dark Knight
is hardly promising.