Not going to get all discursive here, just wanted to share some thoughts:
- Now that’s what I call stretching the possibilities of cinema — my stomach was tied up in a tight knot the whole movie through! Kinda stressful, actually, having to continually re-anchor the changing realities to your own — so very unlike Toy Story 3 (I cried twice — how many times did you?), where the narrative just floats you away. Maybe not a good idea to watch it after a full workday. But definitely a cinematic milestone, and a worthy summer blockbuster — none of that workaday trash that ends up besmirching the good name of alien robots.
- Ironically, the movie for me showed the limits of merely human imagination. What truly transcended was never transcendent, that is, beyond normal human experience — love, kindness, faith, hope and courage: these are still and ever the things that avail to save the day.
- He did and he didn’t make it. Unshackled from the prison he didn’t choose, and shackled to the final (and, in my opinion, cinematically heroic) choice he made.
- If there’s ever a movie pairing up Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I am so totally there.
- I recall Arnie Grape in every Leonardo DiCaprio performance I witness (and it turns out I haven’t witnessed many) — he was that good all those years ago.
- Not even CGI as of 2010 can change this — no one can dance on walls like Fred Astaire (circa 1951).
- Christopher Nolan, you doth rocketh.