I finally saw Inception saturday night. I know, I know, a whole week after it came out! Felt like forever though. I tried to see it the monday after it came out, but that dog just wasn’t gonna hunt. My main theater was overflowing with people, the second one wasn’t playing it, and the third one was having some kind of weird red carpet event outside. Flashing cameras, limos and everything. It wasn’t at some glamorous theater or anything, either. I don’t know what was going on. I stood there half a block away stoney-peering for maybe five minutes and then turned and slunk the other direction.
I literally walked to three theaters and was denied at every turn. Or at least, was uncomfortable at every turn. So instead of seeing the movie I went home and started a new game of Dragon Age: Origins. Went with the human mage origin story this time. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
It was hard seeing all the Inception-related facebook status updates this week, but my eye was on the saturday night prize: an evening at Kip’s Bay with my boy Baxter. Kip’s Bay is an odd destination. I don’t know anyone else that goes there. I asked Baxter why its his theater of choice and he mumbled something about how his brother used to live nearby. I wasn’t entirely sure how that pertained to us, but I let it drop. I actually sort of like the place. Me and Baxter had seen Shutter Island there as well. I guess you could call us the Kip’s Bay Leo Lovers (we were calling ourselves that). When a DiCaprio joint drops, you know where we’ll be.
I’m sure just about everyone reading this has seen and enjoyed the movie already, so its hard to know what to say. I’ll start here: Inception was really good. I was worried it might be overhyped. It wasn’t. This movie lived up to every bit of the hype from where I’m sitting. Christopher Nolan is great. He’s gotta be pretty much the best director out there, right? I’m struggling to think of anyone doing it better right now. I guess Wes Anderson might be more of a personal favorite, but he seems to be descending while Nolan is ascending. And really, Nolan might even have him beat on the personal favorite level now. His rap sheet is seriously impressive. Memento, The Prestige, Batmin Beggins, The Dark Knight, and now Inception. All among the best films of the decade, in my stonay opinion. His only quasi-miss was Insomnia, and even that was OK. (raises can of ginger ale) To Chris Nolan!
Visually, I mean, do I even need to touch that? The aesthetics were awesome in every scene. I was in the second row and it still looked incredible. I’ll be seeing it again in a month just for the more pristine, middle-of-the-theater viewpoint. I can’t wait to see those waves. Or the part where Ellen Page folds the city onto itself. Or the snow scenes. Or…..anything. The whole thing looked perfect. Nolan is no Burton, but he knows how his movies should look. An underrated talent.
Re: The cast
Awesome cast. Let’s get specific, sons!
DiCaprio was solid as always. I don’t think he’s necessarily a great actor, but he’s always able to get the job done. He’s really come a long way. He’s actually not even that good-looking anymore. I get the feeling he would look pretty mediocre with his shirt off. I respect that. Sometimes I think Leo does a little too much with his face, comes off a bit twitchy. But that’s a pretty minor complaint. DiCaprio is a capable actor who knows how to pick roles. He’s going to be in good movies for a long, long time.
I was actually far more impressed with the rest of the cast. Do I really like Joseph Gordon-Levitt? I think I do. He might’ve even been my favorite character. That fight scene in the hotel with the shifting gravity was incredible. I also really liked his response when he was told there would be agents after him: “Then I will lead them on a merry chase.” I feel like JGL doesn’t take himself too seriously, and I respect that. I liked his SNL, too.
Ellen Page also won me over. Not that I dislike her, but I just haven’t really bought into the hype up to this point. I sort of thought she was an odd choice, but she was actually perfect for her role. She’s a pretty good actress, I think. Not very sexually appealing, but who cares? It’s not her fault people have to pretend she’s really hot now that she’s famous. That’s the industry. “There’s a new It-Girl? Quick, get her on the Maxim top 100 list!”
other performances of note:
- Michael Caine- Predictable that Caine found his way into this one. Nolan loves him. I’m not complaining.
- Ken Watanabe- My boy Sweetums name-dropped Watanabe to me recently. Now I know who he is. Game on. My first move will be to Netflix The Last Samurai.
- Tom Hardy- Future star? he’s definitely got the brash, devil-may-care thing down. But is he hot enough? Time will tell. This guy is the younger doppelgänger of the guy who played Mr. Hyde in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Anyone?
- Marion Cotillard- I’m not into her. I know I’m supposed to be, but I’m not. She’s just a little too…..French.
- Tom Berenger- Best role since his turn as Paul “Bear” Bryant in the ESPN original movie The Junction Boys.
- Cillian Murphy- One of my favorite current actors. Another Nolan guy. Is there an opposite to guilt by association? Respect by association? Murphy was superb in Batmin Beggins, 28 Days Later, and The wind That Shakes the Barley. Hardly surprising that, once again, he got it done in a big way. The new Murphy’s Law: When Cillian Murphy is in a movie, that movie is good. Except for all those bad movies I haven’t seen. Looking at you, Red Eye.
It’s late, and I’m tired. I could heap praise on Inception for another 500 words or so, but you get the idea. I think we can all agree this movie was awesome. The last hour in particular was riveting. It would cheapen it to re-hash it here. Let’s all just take a moment to think about our favorite parts and give them mental respect.
Great director, great plot, great cast, great look. Home run. Inception will join the SFC DVD collection as soon as I can find it for $15 or less.