"No good movies have been made since Casablanca" - and if you think so, then you are most likely a very sad person. Nolan left Bale out in one of his movies and it seems that it works anyway. Literally ground breaking footage with a great cast. Thumbs up for every scene and word said in the movie, almost.
Nolan managed to un-cliché one of the most common "issues" of movies; love. Believable, well played and captivating.