This movie has been praised to death since it opened seven weeks ago, and I could not wait to see it. When I attempted to watch it the first time, I got to the movies an hour before it started and it was completely sold out. And when I say completely sold out I mean completely sold out; all the showings of Inception were sold out, even the ones that were 6 or 7 hours later.
When I finally managed to watch it, in its full glory, I must admit I became utterly obsessed. If you follow me on Tumblr or Twitter you might have realized that.
This movie is too much to watch only once. I have seen it three times. Why? Because of its complexity and it’s many layers. It’s not only the dream layers (four of them plus the very dangerous limbo) but the motivations and guilt that lie in Dom Cobb’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) mind, behind the whole operation of Inception, make the movie all the more meaningful. What are our dreams? Are they what we wish for or what our subconcious wishes for? Is that the same thing? Is it important to dream? To use your mind completely, perceiving and creating a world inside your head – is it not a kind of art?
Christopher Nolan is able to construct dreams; he is a filmmaker. When we watch a film, we use the same part of our brain we use to dream; we turn off our real world, understanding the film or the dream as our reality. This is the magic of cinema, and Nolan has helped us see how amazing it is.
I might be very critical, but I think Hollywood had failed, this year, to produce an amazing movie, until now. Which is quite sad considering the amount of money invested in the film industry. Nolan, however, seems to be Hollywood’s saviour. There is not one of his films I did not love (check out his IMDb page) and they are all, most importantly, films that only give their all when you watch it in the cinema which is, let’s face it, the kind of films Hollywood need at the moment. Films that are not downloadable.
What I though was a shame, however, was that I did not get to know much about the other characters – but I have to say this would probably have ruined the whole movie. Cobb has enough mental fuck-ups for the audience to deal with.
Nolan, besides writing one of the greatest scripts ever, managed to hire the best cast in the whole world. Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, Joseph Gordon Levitt (who has reportedly become the new teenage heartthrob), Tom Hardy, Leonardo Di Caprio… and the list goes on.
I love all performances in this movie – on of my favorite, of course, Arthur (Joseph Gordon Levitt) who is witty and incredibly charming, and somehow manages to drop people without gravity (you who hasn’t watched it – work that one out).
However, no one’s performance tops Leonardo DiCaprio. I must admit that for a while – in between Titanic and Catch Me If You Can – I did not think much of mr. DiCaprio. If fact I don’t particularly like Titanic at all, and I find his performance quite mediocre. But this is an actor who has given himself time and space to grow, and choose good parts that would allow him to do this. Inception is his break, and it would honestly surprise me if he does not get a Oscar nomination out of it.
The last scene of the film, when DiCaprio’s character’s personal struggle is almost at an end, should prove that he has become one of the best of Hollywood. His face carries so much emotion, so much pain and healing at the same time, so much disbelief and faith, all at the same time.
It gets me every time.
PS: I am boycotting the Expendables because Sylverster Stalone is ignorant.
PS2: I will be travelling to Argentina for a week on Wednesday, but please feel free to give me feedback 🙂