I’m pretty sure at this point I would put Inception at 3rd or 4th all-time for my favorite movies. I’ve spent most of the day in my spare thoughts ruminating over the implications of the movie, and just in general the feel and the content of it. It was outstanding.
The movie had just the right mix of group crime thriller, science fiction and drama to hook me early and keep me all the way through. DiCaprio’s performance was amazing, of course, but I thought nearly everyone’s was, which is kind of awesome for a movie with such an ensemble cast. There was also a lot more depth and feeling of meaning (if that makes sense) to the action, which helped me bond with the characters much faster and stronger than I would have otherwise.
They do some crazy stuff with time – at the risk of minor spoilers, there’s some very excellent pacing and drama injected by the conceit that time flows faster in dreams (and even faster in dreams-within-dreams). I of course appreciated that, being such a time fiction nut. I heard on the radio the following phrase in relation to Inception: “if you get past the hokey science,” dot dot dot. I kind of took it as given – the premise is people can share dreams, there’s no need for me to worry about how per se, except in the context of the plot device.
I will be buying this on DVD as soon as I am able, and probably watching it at least once more in the theater. Two thumbs way up!