I watched Inception at a reasonably good cinema last night!
First of all, Christopher Nolan, Sir, take a bow! For the most incredible, imaginative, skein-like, yet tightly-held-together story ever. EVER. This beats Lucas and his Wars with both hands and both feet tied… and a bag over the head. Heck, this beats the Wachowski brothers while being asleep. Two layers down.
I’d been apprehensive about missing something in the movie, since everybody I know seems to have watched it multiple times. I’m starting to think people might be watching this movie multiple times to just, you know, watch the movie, and that ‘the story is too complex’ is just an excuse. Goddamn!
I’m told the film was longer than two hours. I must have been two layers above ‘awake’, because it felt like ten minutes! And not a single dull moment. Or twenty, if you’re counting in dream-time (Okay, I’ll stop doing that now).
The best written story in a long time was partnered with the most breathtaking photography since, well, since the Dark Knight; Same director, I’m guessing. And the background score! Mein Herr Zimmer, I have a bow for you too.
Amongst all this technical wizardry, one can almost be forgiven for thinking that Govinda and company could’ve pulled off the acting. Actually, no. One can’t be forgiven for thinking that. Bad, bad, Croor. The acting was good. However eclipsed DiCaprio and Ellen Page and co. may have been by the direction and the photography, they did a fine job… never overacting, never getting carried away, and yet making the viewer feel the urgency and the adrenaline.
I would’ve said I loved the editing and the screenplay and the casting, but I don’t know nearly enough about that stuff. I am willing to bet half the money in my pockets, however, that I already know what movie next year’s Oscar awards are going to go to. A dozen of them should do just fine, thanks.
The movie ended with what should have been a happily ever after, except there was a definite, and loud, gasp from the audience.
Why? Well, you’re going to have to go watch the movie to find out, haven’t you?!
UPDATE: For a brilliant write-up about the movie, go here. Traums pulled out all the stops on this one.