So I finally saw Inception…
I thought it was ‘alright’… a slightly above par Hollywood thriller.
The opening 30 minutes are deliberately confusing, so as to make the audience feel smart when they finally get a sniff of a plot. After that it’s pretty much the same old hokum repeated until the end of the film. I didn’t really find this clever or exceptional in any way, and I can’t really understand how people thought it was confusing.
It does take itself very seriously, which adds to the banality of it, and I found myself laughing in all the wrong places (the 3D model ‘the architect’ produces killed me). The terminology for basically ‘having a snooze’ was similarly laughable (a dream withing a dream? let’s go to level 2!).
Leonardo was his usual average charming/outraged self and I didn’t think any of the other cast members particularly stood out. I felt they really drew out the ‘battling personal demons’ part of it, personally I would have been happy with some Matrix style effects. I had no emotional connection with Mr DiCaprio.
All in all I thought it was a good tale well told (flaws aside, I’m not that anal), but it didn’t really change my life, as others seem to be making out.
I guess it’s a sign of the times that expectation of a film is so low these days, a reasonably average one like is literally blowing the roof off the multiplex.
If you haven’t seen it I would say catch it on DVD if you can. It’s a creative romp that’s not too pressing on the old noggin.