Jul. 16th, 2010 10:14 pm
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So I saw Inception. And as most of you probably don't know, because I haven't talked about it, I was really excited for this movie. Really Excited. I've been following this thing since Chris Nolan announced a project to follow The Dark Knight. And when I found out it had Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, and Ken Watanabe in it (not to mention Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ellen Page) I knew I was seeing it in the theaters. Then it turns out that it was about dreams and reality and twistiness and I stopped following it. Not because I grew unexcited, for those who know me well know that I love mind-bending stories, but because I didn't want to go into the film being spoiled for anything. Long story short, I'm so glad I did. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. I think anything else I could say would be a spoiler except that Cillian Murphy is one of my favorite actors of all time and he turns on my emotional response like no one else. And that Marion Cotillard is divine and I need to see more of her films.

So I totally called the ending. Or should I say, The Ending. Come on, a movie about being able to enter the dreaming so deeply that you can't tell a difference? No one even had to tell me that there was a twist (unlike when I saw The Sixth Sense).

However, I didn't go into the movie expecting it to be fake, but started wondering about it right about the time they confirmed that you can do the dream within a dream. And believed it once Michael Caine told him to come back to reality (re: Mal). And was utterly convinced when Saito, having been shot and told he might slip into limbo, said "You/I will come back and we will be together". He was kinda mumbling, it went something like that. Which was really too similar to something Mal had said earlier, and so yeah. Dream. Even more so after he finally explained his trauma. An assumption which you believe is completely real is false? You have to kill yourself through a few more recursions of the Matrix the subconscious? Oh crazy day.

I don't mean to sound bitter or superior. Believe me, it was a relief when I saw the last shot of the movie - with the top constantly spinning. I was right after all! And it occurred to me that we never saw it spin or not spin within the present-time-context of the movie. We saw him watching it, and getting interrupted. Love it!

I will likely get tired of people saying that the ending was so expected/unexpected/crazy/whatever. It amused me to hear an audience member shout out "what?!" at the very end. But I loved the film.

The acting was superb. SUPERB. Cillian Murphy made me cry and he wasn't the point of the film. (When his father dies in his head and he reaches for his hand and he just saw the pinwheel - none of it was real but Cillian Murphy made me feel it.) Ellen Page was great. Michael Caine had, like, ten lines but was fantastic with them. Watanabe was superb, as usual. DiCaprio completely sold me. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who was my favorite actor in Third Rock, which I watched irregularly) was amazing. And hot. Super-hot in his pinstripes and vest.

But Marion Cotillard. *whistles*

Understand, I hadn't exactly seen her in anything before. I know she's a fantastic actress and she's on my list of ones to watch. I know she has excellent choices in films and parts. She really wasn't on screen that much in this film, but when she was you knew it. The scene where Ariadne goes to the basement of Cobb's subconscious. Mal/Marion has such presence. It's half a tick from being menacing, but there's such a sense of alien, of other, of uncaring, of superiority, of GET THE FUCK OUT, holy crap. Page completely sold the reaction to her. Very clearly trying not to flee. And all the while Cotillard is enticing and beautiful and a person and tragic and you want to know and to help her. Words fail me. Such a presence.

I thoroughly recommend this film. Don't read reviews, just go see it if you liked The Prestige or Pan's Labyrinth or other mind-bending magical realism flicks. Or if you like pretty people trying to pull off heists. Mmmmm....suits and pinstripes. There were very many attractive people (but mostly men) in this film. Cillian Murphy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in particular. If you think you might want to see it, then yes. Yes you do.
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