I think Christopher Nolan’s talent as a director is indisputable. The problem is that–like most of us–he finds his comfort zone, and sticks with it.
Which I’m okay with if Nolan stuck to one particular genre. Instead he moves from everything from superhero movies (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises) to historical-based dramas (The Prestige, Dunkirk) but brings the same cautiousness to each.
And as much as some like to mock movies like Disney’s The Black Hole (1979) I think Gary Goddard’s approach to similar material is a lot more interesting that that of Nolan’s.
And I’m not saying The Black Hole isn’t an uneven movie–because it is–and not entirely sure if it’s directed at children or adults, but some of the chances it takes–particularly the sequence when the probe ship enters the black hole–far surpass anything from Nolan’s movie.