I've seen The Prestige, but never got around to The Illusionist, but I want to watch it.
I still think Memento is my favorite Nolan film that doesn't have Batman. He did directed that, right? Or am I drunk again? ;)
You say that like it's a bad thing. I dunno. I may go back and double rewatch now. I just remember Illusionist being less troublesome and frustrating. It had a fairy tale vibe to it...hence the simplicity...fables do tend to be homogenized for the masses. I just remember the Prestige trying to hard to 'baffle me with bull****'. How does it go in the Usual Suspects...basically the Devil hiding in plain sight or something to that effect. In other words...the best tricks are hidden in simple conceits. And, The Prestige, much like Inception, suffered from a guy at the helm not having a good editor. You want to make a mass appeal movie, you don't have to dumb it down, but you do have to keep it tight and keep the basic target audience involved. Ok, Illusionist was overly simplified. Still better than a potentially great/landmark movie(Prestige/Inception) suffering because their auteur can't tell what's necessary and what's masturbation. MEMENTO...TIGHT AS A ****ING DRUM. FLAWLESS. Not self indulgent at all. Sorry. I think Nolan is a tremendous filmaker. BUT so does he. And I can't sit idly by and keep my mouth shut while y'all worship at the foot of. Snyder may be a lesser film maker...but, for me at least, the visual excess is far less of a crime than trying to be smarter than your audience. At least I can soak in Snyder's use of motion and technique and be dazzled/entertained. As opposed to watching a movie that tries way too hard to make the common moviegoer feel stupid.