Both the concept and execution of this film are top notch...honestly you can fill in the blank positive adjective here (astounding, magnificent, stupendous...you pick!) And honestly, it should be...Christopher Nolan had been working on this one for a good 10 years or so. This is his baby, and you better believe he did it right. Comparisons have been made with Inception to pretty much every other movie that contains some fantastic "other world," but honestly? It's better. This movie is simultaneously wholly entertaining, but also incredibly intelligent with its rich complexities and layers (which continue to reward the viewer with multiple viewings.)
I won't get into the plot...honestly go to the movie and see it yourself. The fewer specifics you know, the better. But I will say that the story unfolds itself at a perfect pace so that the audience is never bored. They're always learning something, whether it be in seeing the intricacies that shared dreaming allows or the mysteries that unfold surrounding Leonardo DiCaprio's character Cobb.
It must be said, that visually the film is quite fantastic as well. I was blown away by all of the imagery of the film, from Ariadne's (Ellen Page) training to Arthur's (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) fight sequence. I've always been fascinated with the concept of dreaming and memories, and while the stuff here is vastly different than perhaps the more fantastical imagery found in films such as The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, The Lovely Bones, The Science of Sleep, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, it still resonates just as much and besides it is what the script calls for it to be. The point of the settings of this film is to constantly trick both the characters and the viewers to question what is real and what is a dream.
So what does this all mean? Well...basically it means that Inception is for sure my favorite film so far of 2010, and it will be near impossible to beat. But even more impressive, from the 2 viewings I'm already certain another shakeup of my top 10 is in order (in fact, I think I do have my new order now...but that shall be left for another blog!) I hope I didn't forget anything I wanted to say...the movie seriously has so much to talk about. But all I gotta say is Christopher Nolan, I can't wait to see what else you've got!