At Richard’s urging, we went to see Inception on Sunday. Whew! What a terrific movie! It insidiously works its way into your consciousness, and during idle moments you find yourself thinking about certain scenes or basic questions raised by the serpentine plot.
The movie is just about perfect summer movie fare because it has something to appeal to just about everyone. Those who like human drama will be hooked by the emotional backstory of Cobb, the anguished central character played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Those who like devious plotting will appreciate the multiple layers and numerous twists and turns of the story line. Sci-fi freaks will enjoy the concept of people invading the dreams of others to extract information — or possibly implant it. Action movie fans will revel in the shooting, kung fu, hallway fu, and snow fu scenes. Special effects geeks will like the crumbling cities of the mind, the fighting in a tumbling hallway, and the patient, weightless collection of sleepers, among many other visually stunning scenes.
Leonardo DiCaprio was great — is there any actor in Hollywood right now who plays deeply troubled characters better than DiCaprio? — but the performance that was a real revelation to me was Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur, DiCaprio’s key partner in dream invasion. At once sharp, imperturbable, humorous, reliable, wise, and a total action stud, Arthur was a tougher character to play than Cobb, and Gordon-Levitt pulled it off beautifully. He was totally believable as a sharp-dressing intellectual who could devise complicated yet successful extraction schemes and then more than hold his own against subconscious manifestations in battles to the death in zero gravity.
I totally agree with Richard’s take that Inception is a must-see-on-the-big-screen movie.