Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Inception: Alas

A lumbering bore, for the most part, and surprisingly gloomy for a concept that has so much promise for fun.

Imagine being able to roam at will in your dreams.... Imagine if you entered your dreams and found....... nothing surprising or funny -- just a generic urban space and some guys with machine guns.

What a waste. 150 minutes without a single joke or smile. Christopher Nolan has wanted to make this movie for about ten years, I read the other day. He should have spent ten minutes with Stephen Moffat first.

(Correction: There is a joke of sorts: A labored meta-reference to Marion Cotillard's previous gig playing Edith Piaf. Repeated about fifteen times.....)


Generic said...

A co-worker says it may work better for gamers--and he liked Tom Hardy.

Tulkinghorn said...

Your co-worker is right on both counts... Hardy makes more of an impression than both female leads, DiCaprio, and the other two male leads.

All I know is, if I had a lifetime and infinite powers to build my (literal) dreamworld, it would not be a digitally altered LA Music Center, complete with reflecting pond, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Water and Power building over to the right.

Generic said...

One level of the fun people seem to be having, if they like the film, is treating as a puzzle or a game. Not as a video game, but as a complicated mystery operating simultaneously on several levels. Which sounds cool. Unless this aspect of the film is really a product of their imagination rather than Nolan's.

The later comments in this thread are good examples: