Wednesday, August 18, 2010

inception

you mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling...


cobb (leonardo caprio) is a thief. a special kind of thief: one who enters the dreams of people whilst they sleep and takes that which is hidden away in their mind. however, saito (ken watanabe) doesn't want to employ cobb to steal something from the mind of robert fischer (cillian murphy), he wants him to plant something there: an inception. the planting of an idea, done in such a way as fischer will think it is his own.

and that, ladies and gentlemen, is pretty much it.

so, after hearing people wanking over this film for a few weeks, i finally made it to a screening, waiting to be puzzled, confused and struggling to keep up with just what was happening. bollocks. the only reason i find to be puzzled or confused, and what i'm struggling to understand, is just how this film has been sold as being so complex and intricate, when it leads you through everything in a methodical step by step fashion? at any point where things threaten to wander a little conceptually off piste, lovely little ellen page - the 'architect', employed to design the dream worlds in which the inception is to take place - asks a question or has the situation explained to her; i was on the verge of cringing when she asked 'whose consciousness are we going in to now?' unless i understood nothing and completely missed the point of the entire film, the only way i can see confusion reigning, is if you decide to go for five minute toilet breaks, every ten minutes for the film's duration.

any way, before i give the impression that i thought it was shit and go on a little rant about christopher nolan being a clever so and so, with his big long films and his fancy ideas, i'll just say that i thought it was really good and a very enjoyable watch.

i suppose, conceptually, one could say it was rather silly, but it executed in such a fantastically watchable fashion, that it really stands up as what blockbuster cinema should be: a good idea (who says good ideas can't be a bit silly?), executed with some style and finesse, engaging, well paced, visually interesting, a touch of humour, some tension, a bit of drama and a fine cast acting well. well done nolan.

also, well done to the cast; di caprio was rather good, mr murphy has those lovely eyes, miss page is a sweetie and watanabe is usually always fun to watch. i also liked joseph gordon-levitt a lot and loved tom hardy, who was just super. oh, and marion cotillard was just a wondrously beautiful as she always is...

one thing which has struck me, since leaving the cinema a couple of hours ago, is that i really didn't notice any of hans zimmer's score, rather strange considering how intrusive his work on the batman films was. maybe next time...

any hoo... very good, recommended...

the film is currently on general release.

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