Entertaining, but an aesthetic mess.
I think the only person more annoyed with the director of this film than me is Paul Williams.
The most egregious moment for me was when Williams is invited to perform a concert in the Philippines. The director FREAKS OUT because he reads online that the U.S. has put the country on some sort of terror watch list because there was recent Al-Qaeda activity alongside the road they have to bus down to get to the show. He nervously goes…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I seriously don't get why some people describe Christopher Nolan movies as "cold." The heart of this movie (buried several layers deep) is the story of someone who—after having spent 50 years with his wife creating their perfect dream world and growing old together—unintentionally causes her suicide in the "real" world. He then has to learn how to let his (imperfect) memory of her go. How is that not utterly devastating? The final scene between Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard is heartbreaking.
(Also, the famous hotel hallway scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Still one of the most exhilarating, awe-inspiring shots in movie history.)