Directed By – Christopher Nolan
Screenplay By – Christopher Nolan
Cinematography By – Wally Pfister
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Co.
Inception was Nolan’s most ambitious project at the time (now surpassed by Interstellar) and visually it’s beautiful. The more I watch this movie though, the more I realize that the story isn’t as “epic” as I had once thought it was. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a good movie, but as some movies get better with each viewing I think Inception has a peak viewing at about four times. After the fourth it doesn’t necessarily get worse, but it at least plateaus.
As far as Nolan as a filmmaker, his movies are on par each and every time, I just don’t think Inception resinates with me as much as his other movies. I also think that the heart of this movie is so overshadowed and misleading that it becomes not an interesting way of weaving humanity into this film, but is so obscured by everything else that’s going on that it gets lost in translation. Essentially this movie is about Cobb (DiCaprio’s character) accepting his world as reality, whether or not it is a dreamworld, and just accepting it. But at the same time Cobb is going through the guilt and grief at which he feels about Mal’s, Cobb’s dead wife’s, suicide. And this is all going on during a third-level dreaming reverse-heist plot? Ocean’s 11 is heartfelt yet simple, Inception might be trying to do just a little too much.
I think this film is at it’s best with all of the side character and the actors that play them. While it is Cobb’s story lead by DiCaprio, it is a team heist movie as well and for me the team is more interesting than Cobb is. From Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Tom Hardy to Ken Watanabe and Cillian Murphy, all of those guys are so entertaining in this movie, even Tom Bringer shows up and nails his part. To me everything that they do is more interesting than Cobb’s dead wife situation.
Again, Inception is a good movie, it just isn’t my favorite Nolan film by any means.
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