Just got out of a screening of Nolan’s Inception. It’s good, really good. Maybe the boldest and ballsiest summer movie in some time. It’s also proof that Christopher Nolan is the best filmmaker right now. His non-Batman related work proves that he’s the only director alive willing to tackle high-wire material and succeed wildly.
The movies often seem to come from the recycling bin these days: Sequels, remakes, franchises. “Inception” does a difficult thing. It is wholly original, cut from new cloth, and yet structured with action movie basics so it feels like it makes more sense than (quite possibly) it does. I thought there was a hole in “Memento:” How does a man with short-term memory loss remember he has short-term memory loss? Maybe there’s a hole in “Inception” too, but I can’t find it. Christopher Nolan reinvented “Batman.” This time he isn’t reinventing anything. Yet few directors will attempt to recycle “Inception.” I think when Nolan left the labyrinth, he threw away the map.
This is first class movie making the entire way and no living director would or could attempt to pull off what Nolan makes seem so effortless.
The only shame of it will be that Hollywood will look at it’s successful $60 million opening weekend (and really there doesn’t seem to be another movie to challenge it at the box office until the middle of August, give Inception’s incredibly positive word of mouth) and not conclude that they should make original movies.