The Inception movie build-up was nearly flawless: trailers, teasers, and big-name hipster stars (Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan!) doing promos around the globe. Do you want to see the move? How could you not. Should you see the movie? The Inception reviews are in, and the critics are mostly positive, with notable exceptions. Below, what the reviews say — plus DiCaprio himself offers a reason to see Inception, especially if you are a parent.
A large number of critics rave, and allude to the baffling-to-some Inception ending:
“When was the last time you had your mind blown by a movie? Because when Inception ends and the lights come up, you’ll be sitting in your seat, staring at the screen, wondering what the hell just happened…Inception blends the blockbuster enormity of his Dark Knight with the indie insights of Memento to create an all-encompassing experience that makes most other summer films seem mediocre.” — Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News
“Inception often plays like the coolest Ocean’s Eleven installment ever made, albeit with fewer wisecracks and a much trippier caper. Luckily, the cast strikes just the right tone for the enterprise. DiCaprio and Page bring quiet focus to roles that would have been scuttled by showboating.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“A tremendously exciting science-fiction thriller that’s as disturbing as it sounds. This is a popular entertainment with a knockout punch so intense and unnerving it’ll have you worrying if it’s safe to close your eyes at night.” — Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times
But a handful of critics aren’t sold on the flick, including this biggie:
“[Inception] trades in crafty puzzles rather than profound mysteries, and gestures in the direction of mighty philosophical questions that Mr. Nolan is finally too tactful, too timid or perhaps just too busy to engage. So Inception is not necessarily the kind of experience you would take to your next shrink appointment. It is more like a diverting reverie than a primal nightmare, something to be mused over rather than analyzed, something you may forget as soon as it’s over.” — A.O. Scott, N.Y. Times
Most interestingly, Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars as a corporate spy specializing in dream thievery (a corporate spy who also happens to be a father), has this to say about his role in the movie:
“I like that I’ve reached an age where I can play more mature responsible characters, and that includes the father of a family,” he tells People. He also admits that he’d like kids in real life, “but I think I have a few more years…and I’ve no desire to rush.” Leo as a dad? That’s almost as intriguing as the sci-fi dream stuff.
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