For the first time in a long time I ventured out to see a non-Pixar film on opening night, and I’m so glad I did. Even though I ended up near the front row, I don’t think I can remember the last time I came out of the theater with such a fanboy buzz. I was so…entertained. What a concept! A movie did what it was supposed to do! I think the last time I came out of the theater with that same feeling was after I saw The Incredibles.
Go and see this film. I’m a huge Christopher Nolan fan ever since I saw The Prestige, and like his other films and maybe even more so, Inception challenges you intellectually, psychological, and keeps you suspended until you’re exhausted. In hindsight, perhaps that’s a flaw in the film, it’s constantly moving at a million miles an hour (not enough contrast), but it worked.
If you’ve fallen in love with Nolan’s film making style, the look and feel of his latest films, than you should add two more names to your list of inspiring film makers: Wally Pfister and Lee Smith. Directors often stick with Cinematographers and Editors that they find chemistry with, and Nolan is no exception. These two men have worked with him on all his latest films, including the most popular ones. So a huge part of the the look (Cinematography), and feel (Editing) can be attributed to them. I’m going to watch some of the films these guys did without Nolan, and find the similarities, find the charm they’re bringing to his vision that I absolutely love.
There is one thing I didn’t understand about the plot of Inception that maybe you can explain to me. I’ll post it as a question in the comments so I don’t spoil the movie for others. So comments are for people that have seen the film. Don’t go there, you’ll ruin the movie!
Update: John posted a great link in the comments. CinemaBlend has attempted to unravel some of the mysteries of this complex narrative. While it’s all theory, it’s a group effort, and it may help you understand something you missed the first time.