Christopher Nolan never tries to dumb down anything for his audience. This complexity adds to the thrill of the film but audiences are so intent on figuring out the plot that they miss the emotional content.
Sometimes life throws something truly, delightfully ironic at you. Like, for example, today's Politico piece on the "reality gap." Brace yourselves, people: apparently Beltway elites are out of touch with the rest of America!