Weh. So many reviews and blog posts about what the ending meant or who was dreaming what or how come there’s no gravity in just one level and why is Cobb not very heroic. So I’ll keep this short:
Much like my opinion on art pieces (a film is an art piece, right?), you decide what it means to you.
SPOILERS. Go away if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
If you think that Cobb was dreaming the whole time, then he was.
If you think that the top stopped spinning and Cobb’s wife really died, then she did.
If you think that Arthur and Ariadne fell in love after they got off the plane, then they did.
The wonderful thing about cliffhangers, or about movies and poetry and stories and songs and paintings in general is that they’re all open to interpretation. This is also of course, a most frustrating thing (especially with poetry, at least in my experience) because there’s a big chance that your interpretation is way off from what the artist is trying to portray and you miss the point completely, but that just means that that piece of art isn’t for you.
It’s a lot of fun discussing Inception with your friends. After the movie, my friends and I of course talked about what had happened and how cute Cillian Murphy was, but getting into violent arguments about it and trying to sound intellectual or bragging to others that you “totally got it” just seems pretty useless to me. You can ask Christopher Nolan himself what really happened and what the dreams really meant and how it really ended, but…
“Look, see, in the words of my grandfather, ok… to answer that, would take the piss out of the whole thing.” – Jesse, Before Sunset (2004)
And now, can we get to what’s really important about this movie? The fact that Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Cillian Murphy are all in it!
I am loving Christopher Nolan now not just for making great movies but for making great movies with an absolutely great combination of actors. I’m still finding it hard to believe that Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale have a movie together, and now it’s these three. How great is it to be a fangirl?!
Leonardo DiCaprio / Cobb
Let’s talk about him first since he’s the main character. And well, I have nothing but compliments. We all know he’s an accomplished actor. Eventhough I’ve never really been a Leo fangirl (Not even during the Romeo and Juliet and Titanic days), since he’s not really my type, I admire him a lot for having the most excellent taste in movies. You know how sometimes, you watch a sucky movie just so you can see the cute guy in it (I’m looking at you, Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream)? Well, so far, that’s never happened with Leo before. And I think that any movie now that has his name on it, regardless of the director (if by some miracle his director isn’t one of the usual greats (e.g. Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron)), you can trust will be really great.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt / Arthur
So, I still remember him from his 3rd Rock from the Sun days, but even those memories of him are good. I loved it when he cut his hair and showed more of his face in 10 Things I Hate About You, and obviously he’s the kind of guy you’d like to root for, because just look at 500 Days of Summer. But this one really takes the cake.
To be in a movie with Leo Dicaprio and nearly overshadow him for being so good, that must be one of the ultimate achievements of someone who’s usually been second fiddle to the movie greats. It’s like Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Carribean. One is a certified actor/heartthrob, but you can’t get the other one out of your mind either.
I love his brushed up hair (and his clothes) here, and the fact that he’s the comic relief. Did you not laugh out loud (and feel kilig haha) after his kiss with Araidne? That was one of the best scenes, really. <3
Cillian Murphy / Robert Fischer, Jr.
Oh, the resident pretty boy of the movie but to whom I will now also bestow the better-than-bad-boy title of “Evil Boy”. You know, because of his sinister good looks.
We have Christopher Nolan to thank for introducing him to the mainstream world in Batman Begins. It also sort of feels like what I just mentioned with Joseph Gordon-Levitt earlier. He was in that movie with the Christian Bale, who played Batman, and yet you still remembered him after the movie. If that’s not an accomplishment, I don’t know what is.
BTW, this picture of his isn’t from Inception. I couldn’t find a nice screencap from Inception so I got this one from his other movie Red Eye, which isn’t the best movie in the world and well, he transforms into a lame character in the end, but you know, he’s still kinda young and I hope his next movie choices after this one will be great.
Is it shallow that these 3 are the main reason I want to see the movie again and not really to understand better the confusing story/concept? Hehehe.