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MikeBoffardi’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I hate myself so much for not seeing this already. I’ve owned it for a few months, but never found the time to watch it (lots of school work). Luckily, tonight I finally found the time to watch it and I was completely blown away. I’d consider every part of the film perfect, a masterpiece to be honest. From an acting perspective, I cannot believe nobody in this film won. DiCaprio is masterful. Behind The Wolf of Wall Street, this is his best performance. I can’t believe he didn’t win for either of these films. I also think that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page should have been nominated, possibly win cause I’m not sure who else was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in 2011.
Their performances are incredible. Gordon-Levitt is not only awesome, but delivers his lines so well, you can’t help but agree with everything he says. Page didn’t really surprise me because after watching Juno, I knew what a great actress she was. I think this is the best performance I’ve seen from her, yes, better than Juno. Her and DiCaprio are probably tied for my favorite characters. DiCaprio is the one who gets a lot of depth while none of the other characters really do, but I’m fine with that. Nolan was only trying to give the backstory of Cobb and not anyone else. Some find that to be an issue, but I disagree.
Those aren’t the only great performances though. Tom Hardy is badass, Marion Cotillard is wonderful, Ken Watanabe and Cillian Murphy are great supporting characters and Michael Caine, while only in the film for a few minutes, is as legendary as usual. I’m very surprised that Nolan didn’t win Best Director and Best Original Screenplay because this another amazing directing and writing job from him. He’s one of the greatest directors of the 21st century and continues to prove this with each film I watch from him. While I don’t think Inception is as good as The Dark Knight, I think it’s a very close second for Nolan’s best film. I plan on watching the rest of Nolan’s films very soon as he’s slowly, but surely becoming one of my favorite directors.
The ending may be one of my all time favorites. It’s up to the audience to decide if he is still in the dream or if he’s awake and I don’t think I’ll ever have a definitive answer. It’s just like American Psycho where I think it’s one, but then I think it’s the other and it makes you think. That’s something I love, when a movie can be amazing, but also leave you thinking about it days after you watched it. It’s what makes some movies better than others. There’s times for brainless movies and there’s times for movies that have unbelievably big brains. It’s pretty obvious which movie Inception is.
It’s clearly obvious why the film won Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. The film looks absolutely breathtaking and it’s one of the greatest looking films I’ve ever watched. I watched it on 4K which must have made the film look even better than it did already. It’s really insane what Nolan and the crew of this movie were able to do with the visuals. There’s one scene in particular, when DiCaprio and Page go into the dream together, that actually made my jaw drop at how beautiful it looked. It’s crazy that this movie came out in 2010 because it’s (nearly) a decade old and it looks better than most movies that come out now.
The anti-gravity scene with Gordon-Levitt was another scene that made my jaw drop. It’s truly mind boggling how this movie was conceived because it seems like something that’d be so hard to understand, but it’s actually a lot more simple than you’d expect. I heard that some people were comparing this movie to The Matrix and while I’ve never seen The Matrix, I don’t think they seem too similar, at least from what I know about The Matrix. Inception is now one of my all time favorite movies as it mixes elements from all of the best action, thriller and mystery movies and combines them into one of the greatest movie watching experiences I’ve ever had. Watch it immediately, if you are like me and for some unknown reason didn’t watch it already.