Can I start by saying that the biggest problem I’ve been having with movies lately is that they are too darn long? I have no problem with long movies. I’m a fan of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter; hey, I saw Gandhi in the theater and it was so long they actually had an intermission!
So I’m in no way against a long film. The problem I’m having is that they’re making them long when there’s not enough good content to carry the film. Case in point: Inception.
This film clocked in at two hours and thirty-eight minutes, and I kid you not when I say you could easily trim forty minutes from this thing!
DiCaprio leads a top notch cast of actors that I love. Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt give good performances, but I’m not sure they’re fit for big-budget special effects movies. They are capable of going deeper than what the characters called for, so I feel like they were wasted.
Also, can I point out for the techies that the trailer gives up the best special effect in the whole movie? I never saw a better visual scene than Ellen Page’s dream of the city folding up on itself.
As far as Christopher Nolan is concerned, I think there’s a problem transitioning to larger films for him. I know I’m alone on an island with this one, but he has failed to blow me anyway as much as he did with Memento. That movie was short, trippy and cool. Now, with The Dark Knight and Inception, I feel like he’s delivering Costco movies. Costco sells the brands you want, but sometimes they are packaged so large you’re tired of the product by the time you reach the end.
Everyone is going on and on about how great this movie is; however, I had to go to the restroom (I never leave a movie by the way) just to try to keep myself awake. When I returned, I still nodded off a couple of times. The main dream sequence was so long and drawn out and when you know it’s a dream, it feels all the more tedious.
I really tried to get into this. My husband and brother-in-law loved it and thought I was too harsh, as usual. What can I say? I call em’ as I see em’!
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