And now I present you…with the obvious NUMBER ONE!
A bunch of my friends saw this one coming from a mile away. But how dare you deny the greatness that is “Inception?” Now, for my number one movie, I had to choose something that really stuck out to me as being a transcendental success in filmmaking. Tell me this: how many films this complex, thought-provoking and challenging ever acquire a large mainstream fanbase? How many big-budget summer movies actually trigger people to use their brains at the movies? Critics and audiences both agree that “Inception” is nothing short of monumental.
Christopher Nolan (director of “The Dark Knight,” one of my favorite movies of 2008) has built a vast world with endless possibilities in this one film. To tell you the truth (controversial as it may sound), I would probably be more excited to see him direct a film of this variety than I would be for a third Batman installment.
Dealing with the complexities and boundlessness of dreams and the subconscious, “Inception” stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a professional in the art of thought-extraction, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as his assistant Arthur. After an unsuccessful mission to gather secrets from energy tycoon Saito (Ken Watanabe), the man turns right around and offers them a proposition: to perform an inception mission (a mission in which an idea is planted rather than taken) on a rival energy company’s heir to the throne (Cillian Murphy).
The attempted heist is so epic and complex that the film needs an entire hour in the beginning to explain all of the intricacies and logic that come from dreams. The amazing part is that every minute of this opening comes into play as the film progresses and as the mission unfurls later. Christopher Nolan has the screenplay so airtight and solid to the point where you would be hard-pressed to find any major loopholes (like the big one in his other film “Memento” for example).
In the back of Cobb’s head, the real reason he takes Saito’s assignment is not for wealth or anything of that nature. No, what is really on his mind is his yearning to reunite with his children, whom he has not seen since he got into the business of dreams. So Cobb assembles a large group to infiltrate the victim’s mind including actors Ellen Page (as the architect), Tom Hardy (the thief) and Dileep Rao (the chemist) to ensure that everything goes according to plan. Although basically out of the starting gate, things begin to go horribly wrong and every action can have fatal consequences.
Everything about this movie to me is absolutely perfect. All of the actors and actresses are perfectly cast and give A+ performances (I forgot to mention Marion Cotillard as Cobb’s deceased lover Mal). The script is unbelievably intelligent and accessible, employing real life dream logic into its exposition. The visual effects are stunning and impressive even in this day and age where we think we have seen it all. The score by Hans Zimmer is easily the best standalone soundtrack of 2010. The emotion, while slightly obscured beneath the dense narrative structure, is still very much present and alive. The final is one of the most hair-pulling shots ever caught on camera. Can I just say I LOVE THIS MOVIIIIIIIIIIIIE!!!!!!!!
…So yes. “Inception.” Best movie of 2010. I am sure that film lovers will continue to talk about this great movie for many years to come.
Full blog post (it has my 10 honorable mentions as well): http://saltythebeastblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/salty-beasts-ten-best...