Yes, this deserves a post by itself.
Actually, to be honest, I should’ve posted about Memento and The Prestige as well, because they were both nearly as fantastic as Inception. As noted before, Christopher Nolan has apparently never made a bad film in his life.
My brother and I went to see the movie (and he was the best possible person for me to have seen it with) and afterwards, we literally missed our stop on the train because we were talking about it so intently. This is a movie that deserves to be watched multiple times.
Spoilers are under the cut because I can’t not talk about this. But before that, two things that I said to V while during our post-Inception conversation:
– The movie experience itself felt like a dream. Sriram and I went inside, chattering away and munching popcorn, and eventually we were glued to the seats, disregarding food and iced Milo, completely transfixed to the screen. When we went in, it was 5.30 pm. When we emerged, it was 8 pm, and it honestly felt … somehow longer and shorter. And this commentary suggests that Nolan was subtly breaking the fourth wall, that he wanted to perform his own inception on our minds with the idea that reality is subjective.
– Christopher Nolan isn’t a genius for making Inception. That is, he’s not a genius for solely that reason. He’s also a genius for making Hollywood sit up and consider the notion that moviegoers are not uniformly stupid. Because this movie, as complex, challenging and potentially depressing as it is, is making major bucks. It’s number 1 at the US box office returns.
And one more thing: it really doesn’t matter how much or little you want to read into this movie or how intelligent you are; you’ll still take away a wonderful cliffhanger from it. This movie can be read as a character study, a sci-fi exploration, a mystery, a work of art.
Or, splendidly, all of the above.