We saw Inception last night. It was really intense. As with most things, it’s really difficult for me to formulate or vocalize an opinion on something right after I watch or listen to it, or if I have only watched or listened to it once. But Inception has really stuck with me since I saw it. Anyone who has had their daytime mood drastically altered by feelings in dreams, I think, will get a lot out of it.
As a film, it does a great job of getting across its greater themes by entwining them in an impossible heist plot. Plus, it’s just exciting. But on a visceral level, it can be really disarming to see things that you experience in a very lonely way (like dreams, or the way dreams affect you afterward) presented to you by a stranger, which is where this film gets its power and other mind-fuck films (offhand, Mullholland Dr. or Eternal Sunshine) get theirs. Each individual then has their chance to color what’s been presented to them with personal experiences and feelings. So then what is a universal truth – that we all dream, or want to forget something, or envy others – confronts you in a way that engages you as a viewer during the movie and makes you consciously address those issues on your own after the fact. So, yeah, I highly recommend it. Plus it just looks pretty.