I tried to go into this film with a neutral mindset. Attempting to ignore the hype, and ignore people’s reactions, I took to my uncomfortable chair, cuddled up to my boyfriend, ate popcorn with Jess and Mike, and began my viewing. Here are my reactions:
Christopher Nolan’s Inception is a thrill ride fueled by something that should be the opposite of thrilling, sleep. The premise of the film is quite creative; What if we could connect with others and pass along ideas through their dreams?
Though the film begins with a disjointed and painfully boring start, the film picks up speed once all of the characters are introduced. At first the dialog is simple, cliche and obvious. At one point I laughed in the middle of a scene because Leo Dicaprio had no idea to deliver one of the shitateous lines. DiCaprio shows no strength in his uneven, portrayal of Cobb, perhaps the same character as in Shutter Island minus the forced Boston accent.
However, the Nolan’s film becomes an exciting adventure, with an equally exciting score and special effects team. The real genius behind this film is that whenever the audience is so confused, or ready to give up on understanding the story, or even the point, Nolan answers the questions that he proposed. Often in films the answer is obvious, or irrelevant. Yet, Nolan’s answers are importantly crucial, and as an audience, we do care about the relationships, reasons, and overall the lives of the characters. (Though I cared much more about the team surrounding Cobb than Cobb himself. This is most likely due to his stupid acting.)
I give the film a B+. The people who think that this is the greatest film of all time are delusional. If Nolan redoes the beginning, maybe, just maybe, I wouldn’t laugh at their accusations. Also, to those people who hate the critics who didn’t like the movie, I would like them to understand that it WAS a formulaic picture. In the terms of story, the film is very creative, but the certain plot points, forced relationships, and the very succinct plot structure gives reason for the negative outlook.
FUCKING RAPID JUST REALIZED THAT THE APT THAT ETHAN PUT A DEPOSIT ON DOES NOT ACCEPT OUT OF STATE GUARENTORS. THEREFORE I DO NOT KNOW IF THE APARTMENT IS MINE SINCE WE HAVE TO RUN CREDIT CHECKS THROUGH US, AS STUDENTS. I AM SO FUCKING ANGRY. I WILL NEVER FIND AN APARTMENT AS GREAT AS THE ONE THAT I FOUND, AND I WANT IT SO BADLY. I HOPE THAT SOMEHOW I HAVE GOOD CREDIT. I NEED THIS APARTMENT.
This movie was very beautiful, the lighting was soft, the music was relaxing, the dialogue was quiet. However, in those calming qualities lies the fault within the movie. The character’s are supposed to be complex, bored, and sad, and Bill Murray does a great job at showing his struggle balancing his life as a star, his home life, and his away from home life. However Scarlett Johansson is borderline pathetic as a wife of a record industry man. Her motives are never clear. Does she love her husband? Does she love Bill Murray? Does she even like Japan, or maybe she despises the country? All that we learn about her character is that she enjoys sing/talking Karaoke. Everything about her character is unclear except her that and her striking beauty.
So what was this movie about? What was the message? Well, I’ve gathered that the theme is that friends and adventures can arrive in unexpected places and people can’t establish relationships because of differences in cultures. (Messages are lost in translation.) Yet, I’m having hard time at equating this supposed theme to all of the hype surrounding this 2003 release. Was it the opening medium close up of Johannsson’s derriere that arose this love of Lost in Translaion? I don’t know, maybe? Much better than Coppala’s Marie Antoinette, Lost in Translation is a visual gem, but within the inconsistency of the acting and the plot lines, there are a few gems. (Carpet Samplings…)
I’ll send pictures and 2 days later they will randomly appear on the live feed. Does this make any sense? Why is this happening. I need people to see what I’m seeing at the exact same time that I am seeing them. HONESTLY.