In Theaters: Inception. A Dream of a Film

Last night I went and saw Inception in theaters again for my second viewing. Folks, this is what filmmaking is about. The first time I saw this film I was pretty much entranced the entire time (apart from when my Dad would question what was happening every 5 seconds,) and the second viewing was perhaps even more rewarding. But unlike my Dad, I found that during my initial viewing, as long as I paid attention, everything in the story came naturally, and dare I say it, even made sense.

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.

Now, I haven't even gotten into the merits of the cast here! This is one of the strongest ensemble casts I've ever seen. There is not one false note to be found, and also worth noting is that everyone manages to be likable. While I've heard some complaints about the character development of the side characters, again, that's not the point of the film. The whole cast plays exactly what is called for them (and does so well, seriously the whole cast is so solid), but when it comes down to it, the story only belongs to Cobb (and by degree, his wife.) Because of this, Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard's performances really stand out for me. Their story resonates with me, and anyone saying this film is lacking in heart or emotion must be seeing flaws they want to see that aren't there because they're a curmudgeon, or they just watched another movie than me entirely. Cotillard's character, in particular, had such a complex role that I really hope she is recognized come nomination time (the whole film better get a butt-load of awards honestly). Another underrated performance would be that of Cillian Murphy. He gives a character that could be very stereotypical some unexpected depth as well.

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!


Laurie & Clint said...

I'm worried that Milo and Otis is going to get bumped from your top ten. Emily, please think this through!

Joey said...

I'm worried it's not going to live up to expectations. I won't see it until after the wedding, because I wouldn't do it justice.

Sarah said...

Did you really say that it should receive a "butt-load" of awards? Disgusting! I don't think anyone would want to receive those kind of rewards. How about a "plethora" instead?

I can't wait to see this movie!

Unknown said...

I think I can claim my feelings for the movie now without ruining it for others - I had a hard time feeling good for the characters and definitely refused to cheer them on because what I felt what they were doing was illegal and immoral. And with Cillian Murphy( love his eyes) creating such a sympathetic character, I felt even more disgusted with the other characters than normal.