‘Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange’
Christopher Nolan directs, writes and produces this sci fi movie which is not only home to many memes and explinatons, but questions our state of consciousness.
Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon Levitt among the many stars of the film. DiCaprio plays Don Cobb, a man who steals the secrets of people in a subconscious state through dream sharing technology, and given the plan of inception.
Although this is a meaty and lengthy movie, at around two and a half hours, so much was racing through my head when watching this film, not so much the plotline, but the significance of the colour blue, and the colours of blue and black are often associated with dreams, the way that Nolan gives us the feel that it is hard to distinguish dreams from reality, and how it is ironic between the opening scene of Cobb being washed up on the beach and the end of Titanic. Symbolism, pyschoanalysis, the original idea which can probably never be copied, carefully picking up clues of the dream-like state and to really think of how Nolan wanted us to think when Page’s charecter, and others, were drifting in and out of sleep.
I found that Inception is not the type of film to sit down with a cup of tea and a biscuit, firstly, because its too long, and it is the sort which viewers should be in the right state of mind; it questions, if you get what I’m saying, what dreams actually are, something you think about when you’re asleep, or not.
The lack of interruptive music and narration gives a dream like reality touch to the film, any loud music or corny narration will ruin it entirely, but the soft music sometimes heard playing, and quieter music altogether helps people to drift off to sleep. The only bad thing that I have to say about this movie is that some of it went on for a bit, like a long dream, and other parts were thought- provoking. The symbolism of the spinning top could represent reality, and the nearly constant close ups of it means that he is in the dream world.
This film was inexplicably enthralling and makes you think, because we all have that memory which we can’t tell between an actual memory or a dream. Never has a film been able to pull off such a thoughtful long theory of dreams without being dull. No, I’m not just saying that because Leonardo DiCaprio, like always, was brilliant as Cobb and brought the film along without it being explicitly rude, and sometimes you forgot that he was maybe sub consciously awake or asleep in a dream. It is as if, maybe when you were in primary school when you were not allowed to say, ‘it was all a dream’. Maybe the thought of dreams makes the best film of all time;The thoughts from the film stay with you long after the film has ended.
Brilliant, deep, and won 4 Oscars.