2010-07-29 20:41

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Finally got around to seeing Christopher Nolan's Inception yesterday and must say it's a bid of an odd ride to follow. Not just in the sense that it's odd to follow the plot but also that I'm really curious to see where the director will go from here. I don't know, as much as I'd like to say that the film was a mindblowing masterpiece I think that it's much harder to swallow than I imagined. The film is definitely worth a watch as long as you have a mind that doesn't get scared off by a plot that might require you to leave the theatre with more questions than answers. The whole experience of Inception reminds me very much of what happened back in 2006 when Darren Aronofsky got the chance to follow up his two groundbreaking films Pi and Requiem for a Dream with a project of much higher budget and funding that ended up as the film we now know as The Fountain.

Don't get me wrong, I think both Inception and The Fountain are remarkable films in their own right, but as a major fan of both Nolan and Aronofsky up until this point I can't help to feel that they might just have had too much pressure and money riding on the success of their projects. When it comes to Aronofsky I was actually quite frustrated after finnishing The Fountain. I mean it was just so weird in comparison. Multiple storylines in multiple universes, a man travelling into space in some kind of spaceship bubble centering around a million year old tree, knights in shining armor, perplexing drama and a whole lot of incredibly stunning visuals.

I mean yes, it's an interesting experience, but what happened to the trademark fast cuts, unique style and spectacular guerilla style camera work that got the man so popular? Obviously people can change and this is true for directors as well... but at the same time if you're going in to see a film by Polanski your not really expecting to be hit by Bridget Jones' Diary if you know what I mean.

When it comes to Nolan I never really found Batman Begins to be as good a picture as a lot of other people did when it was first released. However, after my surprising amazement over The Dark Knight I did fall in love with his work once again. Granted, it seems like he has taken a break from the haunting David Julian soundtracks and clever storylines alá Memento and The Prestige (his best ever IMO) to work on the more super-budget projects like the Batman movies and Inception but he's shown that he can do this too so I don't really mind. I just hope that he will return to his previous style in the future and follow up with a film that doesn't leave you wanting a 500-page manual that gives you the much desired backstory of his beautiful new maze of awesomeness (aka Inception).

Might enjoy it more the second time around but I have to say I sensed a lot of frustrated viewers in the theatre attempting to cope with exactly what was going on.


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