Greetings again from the darkness. Inception is the exception. It is very rare for me to feel the need to follow-up on a recent posting … especially one that’s only a couple of weeks old. I feel strongly enough about this film that I want to make sure one thing is clear: if you enjoy dramatic films, you should go see this one. Immediately. At a theatre.
Here are some TIPS/warnings:
1. Be prepared to pay attention.
2. Pay attention.
3. The movie runs just over 2 1/2 hours. Don’t get a large Coke … there is no “down” time for a restroom break. You will miss something of interest if you leave the theatre or don’t pay attention.
4. Listen to the dialogue. The story is kind of like assembling a puzzle. You can’t finish if you don’t have all the pieces.
5. Please refer to Tip #2.
There is no need to be intimated by this film, but it is an intricate story with multiple levels. If you only enjoy fluffy feel-good movies, this one will disappoint you. If you like to think and appreciate films designed to capture your mind, you will probably agree with me that it is terrific and that director Christopher Nolan is a film genius.
I also want to point out, now that I have seen it 3 times, that Marion Cotillard is absolutely amazing as Mal, the wife of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character. Not sure what other performances are coming up in the second half of 2010, but I certainly hope she gets a supporting actress nomination come Oscar time. Also, the hotel scenes get even better with each viewing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a physical marvel as he negotiates the environment sans-gravity.
If you missed my initial comments on the film, here is the link:
If you are the least bit interested in this film, my strong advice is to go see it at theatre and not wait for DVD/Cable/NetFlix. It is meant to be experienced on a huge screen with huge sound.