Your mind is the scene of the crime.
This was my first midnight screening and I’m surprised it took me this long to see one. I have been anticipating Inception for so long it feels like this movie was always in development but the last year was building up to 12:05AM Friday morning.
I will be unable to give Inception a proper review because:
- I saw it at the end of an already long day, which featured a full day of work and an Ice Dragons game
- The story is complex and layered that to fully appreciate all levels you have to see it again
- I’m completely biased and love Christopher Nolan’s work
- To talk about the story and how it fits requires spoilers
To be brief: the movie was excellent. It was complex, intense, well cast and most importantly, original. With remakes, sequels and adaptations being the trend in Hollywood it’s incredibly refreshing to have a new story come along and entertain the way this did.
On the topic of the cast you can’t go wrong with Leonardo DiCaprio as your lead but I was exceptionally pleased with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard’s performance, they complemented the rest of the ensemble perfectly. I thought the visuals in the movie were incredible too and even though you knew what you saw wasn’t possible it felt completely real. As DiCaprio’s character says: “Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.”
The soundtrack was composed by one of my favorites, Hans Zimmer. The frantic and tense music he created added a lot of character to the movie and I will be repeating the soundtrack many times in the coming days as I come out of my Inception high. I was worried that listening to the soundtrack before seeing the movie would affect my immersion of the movie, that I would be listening for the musical cues more. However, I think it aided my enjoyment and listening to the soundtrack again has felt like a completely new experience after the movie.
When the movie was over I wanted to return to the dream state. The movie left me feeling good, but after sleeping on it (for a whole three hours) and thinking about it further I liked it more and began appreciating the entire story. I will go back to theaters to see it again to pick up the pieces I missed, to put the story together and better understand the dream.