Posted on August 7, 2010
Reviewed by Mister Critic
“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.”
The above line from the movie Inception was one of my favorite, and it is apparent that Christopher Nolan took those words to heart when he wrote and directed Inception. Simply said, I loved this movie. A thoughtful plot with fun characters, a cast of great actors, amazing visuals, and an ending that is assured to make you want to discuss it with friends. The movie is a sweet dream. There is the right balance of action, suspense, and mystery to keep the film moving forward without turning into a thoughtless shoot-em up.
If you have not watched the movie, stop reading right now and come back after you’ve seen it because I do not want to risk ruining it for you. Don’t worry, we’ll wait.
Okay for those of you who are going to be stubborn and not watch it first, here is a little summary. See in the world of Inception, there is this machine that lets you go into other people’s dreams, apparently used sometimes by corporations to steal secrets from each other. But the bigger question is can you plant an idea in person’s head while you are in their dream without them realizing it was not their idea? Can you create inception? Hence the title of the movie. Leonardo DiCaprio is a master of the dream domain and he is hired to assemble a team of specialists, sort of like Ocean’s 11, to enter into a guy’s dreams to convince him to break up his family company.
Let me just say I love just about everything about this film, as well as Christopher Nolan’s past films. His movies are complex, well written and make you think, which is rare in movies today. I wish he would make more. And I have to also say I have become more and more impressed with Leo D each time I see him. When I first heard he was in this movie, I was worried, but he has really grown into great actor. I thought his portrayal of the psychological strain his character was struggling with was very well done.
The only thing that stood out for me in the movie was that I felt at times the dialogue was little clunky or obviously trying to catch the viewer up on some of the technical details. But some direct, in your face explanation was necessary since I felt at times there was a lot going over my head. There was so much to learn about this world, and I feel as though I only picked up on half of what was going on. It was one of those movies where immediately after it ended I felt like I needed to buy a ticket to watch it again.
So maybe I will. And you should too. Sweet dreams from Mister Critic.
For discussion, two questions: What is your totem? and What do you think happened to the top at the end? I’ll share my answers as soon as a good discussion starts up.