Samsara17 wrote:When I refer to depth, I mean it in the sense as, which film portrays the greatest amount of themes, as well as the most complex characters who contain a great deal of characterization. Also something that is thought provoking, and allows the viewer to have a wide range of substance to which they can analyze.
I'm going to go with The Dark Knight. There's just so much going on in that film from a thematic perspective.
What's great about Nolan is that every one of his films can be analyzed to death.
That being said, I feel like The Dark Knight has a lot of "width" more than "depth." What I mean by this is that even though there is a lot going on in TDK, it doesn't seem to go as deep as Inception or The Prestige. TDK is definitely deep though, it is the deepest superhero film out there. It's more "on the surface," and this is mostly because Nolan's main point in this film was to show how "big" he could make it (with all the IMAX, stunts, characters, and storylines). This makes it a very "wide" film, and the way that it was executed and the way everything was tied together stood out more.
The Prestige has more depth than width, considering the fact that the depth of the handful of characters and the story is the most thrilling thing about it, rather than the visuals and the tie-ins.
Inception is, in my opinion, more well rounded. It has a lot of depth as well as width. Nolan's point in making this film was to show that you could make a big epic movie and still make it reach down really deep on an intellectual level. It is essentially the culmination of everything Nolan has learned about filmmaking and putting into one movie, and it worked really well. Personally Inception has made me think more about it and about my own life, so I would choose it.