Last night, George and I saw Inception. It’s a triumph to get him to the movie theaters these days – he usually says, “Let’s wait until it comes out on video” which means we’ll probably never see it.
But, we did go see Inception. George, who had only heard David Edelstein’s negative review on NPR, had very low expectations of the movie. I was more optimistic (even though I’m one of the few people, it seems, who does not swoon over Leonardo di Caprio). It is my kind of movie – visual, compelling, fast-paced. True, there wasn’t a lot new here. True, some of the dialog was clunky. I don’t think it is the best movie OF ALL TIME. But still… it was fun, it was interesting, and it was complex enough not to be boring or pointless. Some of the dream sequences were so fascinating, particularly when Dom (di Caprio) and Ariadne (Ellen Page) share a dream for the first time. I think the movie is worth seeing simply for the visual landscape.
I believe a fairer, more accurate, review by Lisa Schwartzbaum, appeared in Entertainment Weekly – it certainly reflects my reaction: despite the flaws, “I can’t wait to go back.”