Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bougie Movie Review – Inception


I was forced to flee my house Saturday. It was being over run by youngsters and I just didn't have it in me to be Aunt Chele all day. After treating myself to brunch and a little retail therapy, I decided to take in Inception. My head still hurts... but in a good way. Like my brain had a good workout and just needs to rest for a second.


I'm not going to spoil the plot. I couldn't if I wanted to. It's one of those films you have see to understand. And even then, I'm positive I missed a few things. It is a very smart movie. One of the smartest and slickest I've ever seen. Great cast, any one of which could've carried the film. You don't know who to like or how to feel or what is around the next corner. 

It's not a movie that leads you. You just have to strap in and go along for the ride. And it's quite a thrill ride. It is visually jarring and extremely well scored. You start to associate certain sounds with certain things and you find yourself tensing up. Listen, if you don't like movies where you have to think, keep up and wonder 'what does that mean' several times throughout the film, it's not for you.

It's kind of Matrix meets Sixth Sense in your overly vivid dreams. It's a long film at 148 minutes and somewhere around the two-hour mark you start getting nervous as to how they are going to end the film. When they cut to black you are jarred. "What just happened?" The other movie patrons and I stumbled shell-shocked into the street wondering what to do with our lives... if they are indeed our lives. Who knows? 


All that being said, I loved it. I give it 4.5 sandals. Enjoy... at your own risk. For those that saw it, did you enjoy it? For those that haven't do you plan to?

Commenters... do NOT include spoilers in your remarks, please!

18 comments:

Miss Sia said...

Honestly, while I've screened it twice in as many days, I still feel like I missed something. Having read tons of discussion and analysis, everyone seems have a different take on this film, even the actors! I've kept myself up with too many "what if" thoughts regarding the plot. Maybe that's what Nolan wanted? To drive us all crazy, but really slowly so it doesn't look bad. Waiting for dvd which better have director commentary.

Melzie said...

Gosh, Miss Sia said what I think. I must have missed quite a bit. I found it to be a tad bit too long too. Maybe if I went earlier in the day and skipped the pre-movie cocktail I would have paid more attention...lol

BrendaKay51 said...

I absolutely LOVED this movie. This was intelligent scifi that had not been dumbed down with pointless sex scenes and loud explosions. The storyline was complex, but it didn't insult the audience. This was a multi-layered movie with any number of interpretations on the ending. My only complaint? It would have been nice to have one AA actor/character in the cast.

Kimistry101 said...

I have no interest in seeing it and I'm not a big DiCaprio fan.

Max said...

I absolutely loved it for all the reasons you stated. At one point during the film I started questioning what was real myself. Chris Nolan always goes in on some cerebral stuff with his film making and it is truly a pleasure to see that he hasn't dumbed down his work for a larger audience.

maureen palmer said...

Planning on catching it later today.

mojitochica said...

Ok, I'm not a DiCaprio fan either, but you should go see this movie if you like movie that make you think.

Cassie said...

Not a diCaprio fan but I loved this movie. I actually forget it was him, the story took me that deep. I liked it but I'm positive I missed half of it. And yes, at the two hour point I was like - how much more?

derek love said...

It was a complete and total mindf*** pardon my asterisked French. Definitely brilliant and disturbing, that's Chris Nolan's specialty. I give it 5 of 5. And will go again to pick up what I know I missed.

tanya aka kbrown said...

so when i 1st saw the previews, i was going to pass on it.
then i saw my twitter feed blow tha hayle up! and my sis wanted to go, so i said sure.
best $ i've invested in a movie in a very very very long time. i left feeling as though i just flunked a physics/philosophy exam! as soon as the movie was done..my 1st (eventual) words were: me and chris nolan are no longer friends. lol.
it did drag on towards the end for me (at a certain part..viewers will know what i mean), but the ending was ..just..
i dont remember the last time i was perfectly willing to go pay to see a movie in the theatre again. and i would with no hesitation. i couldn't imagine that movie in imax!! (i think my brain would explode). I too concur with Miss Sia about director commentary.

Stank_0 said...

I saw it in IMAX. Amazing! My roommate talked me into going, glad I did. I have diff thoughts on the ending, and Wikipedia didn't help either.

I thought Nolan was a no talent blockbuster director. I was very wrong, thankfully

♥ L. Marie ♥ said...

Like Tanya, I didn't have any intentions on seeing the movie when I first saw the previews. I don't care for movies that make me think. Let me sit back and enjoy the entertainment without wracking my brain. Then I saw so many good reviews on my Twitter timeline and Facebook home page. Very rarely does a movie get so many of the same good reviews. So I decided to check it out this past Saturday (after Ramona & Beezus).

It was hard to follow the first 10/15 minutes or so. Then I caught on and was all in. I happen to like Leonardo DiCaprio and glad he was the main character. It was easier to sit there for almost 3 hours. Without spoiling the movie, I will say that I left out analyzing life, interpreting my dreams, and questioning what reality really is. This movie will stay in the watchers minds for a while. For these reasons, I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. A-maze-ing!

ChiChi said...

I honestly don't think the movie was that deep. You just had to pay attention and keep uPp, unlike your standard action flick where stuff just blows up every 5 seconds or a romantic comedy where you already know the ending when you start the film. I'm glad I went to see it cuz initially, I didn't really care about it.

sunt97 said...

Yeah I keep hearing people go on and on about this movie so I guess I am going to have to make an effort to see this one. I still haven't seen Avatar.

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Tiffany

SpkTruth2Pwr said...

LOVE your characterization. That is how I felt to when the movie ended. I haven't felt this engaged in a movie in a long time. Usually it is a passive experience for me - go, see something that holds your attention for 2 or 2.5 hours, then leave. But my mind was racing to follow them from one scene to the next and my mind took up the challenge to try and be two steps ahead of the plot - which failed miserably. And I think that was most refreshing because it was unpredictable!

Kimistry101 said...

I don't mind movies that make you think, just have no interest in seeing "
Inception"

GDB said...

7.5 out of 10! Over-complicated the structure and the major and minor storylines did not interest enough to make me want to see it again. Put it this way: Boomerang, Malcolm X, The Matrix, Fight Club, The Usual Suspects - after seeing those movies, within 3 days I was back (in the theater) to see them again.

OneChele said...

Well The Usual Suspects is in my top 10 all time list of movies so that's food for thought.

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