Sean K. Cureton

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Nolan’s Masterpiece

In Movie Reviews: 2010 on July 19, 2010 at 11:39 pm


Directed by Christopher Nolan

4 out of 4 stars

During the past decade, Hollywood has experienced one of the most stagnant periods of film making in a long time. Sure, there have been plenty of Oscar worthy films and performances, but at the same time, the past ten years have been marked by terrible films as well. CGI, a type of technology used originally by the Pixar company, has become more readily available and easier to use, leading to numerous Pixar knock-off films that have had neither the heart, wit, or charm of the creative minds belonging to this wonderful company. At the same time, many film makers have simply run out of ideas, and have gone back to the well of old movies and TV shows to make remakes, reboots, and screen adaptations of old material that has been completely lackluster and unfaithful to the source material. Over the past ten years, Hollywood has produced some of the worst and most unimaginative films to come out in a long time.

However, there have been a few notable directors in the past ten years who have been able to produce great films. Christopher Nolan is one of those directors. In 2000, Nolan released Memento, a film that challenged its viewers and offered them a story that was unlike any other. Then, in 2005, Nolan directed a reboot of the Batman film franchise, with the film Batman Begins. By offering a fresh take on the caped crusader and his city of Gotham, Nolan successfully rebooted the franchise, and allowed Batman fans everywhere to forget the horrors of the 1995 release Batman Forever, most notably George Clooney’s “Nipple Suit.” Batman Begins was then followed by the 2008 release of Nolan’s The Dark Knight, which featured the last performance of the great Australian actor Heath Ledger, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting-Actor for his portrayal of the Joker. With the release of these films, Nolan has firmly established himself as one of the best directors during a time when great filmmakers have been hard to come by, and Nolan has done this by producing films that have been completely original and of his own invention.

Now, with the release of Inception, Nolan has further shown the extent of his prowess as a storyteller and filmmaker. Starting with the script that Nolan has been working on for the past ten years, Nolan has produced one of the best films in years. Due to the novelty of is theme, ideas, and story, Inception is a film that immediately grabs you and drags you into a story that is entertaining, confusing, and satisfying all at the same time. With a story that is way too complicated to even begin to explain, Nolan has made one of the first movies in the past few years that one truly has to see.

The effects are dazzling, the sequencing is flawless and beautiful, and the story is so cohesive that even in its most confusing aspects, this film’s screenplay has no obvious holes or imperfections. For the two and a half hours that one spends watching this cinematic masterpiece, the viewer literally will not be able to take their eyes off the screen. Leonardo Di Caprio is at his best, Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes another great appearance after last year’s (500) Days of Summer, and Michael Caine as always is Micael Caine, which translates to nothing short of fantastic. And to top it all off, Ellen Page also joins the cast, which is like adding a rich icing to an already decadent cake.

This summer has unfortunately been victim to a long series of let downs when it comes to expected blockbuster hits. Shyamalan’s release of The Last Airbender was met with only the most abysmal reviews, The A-Team offered only recycled fluff, and Kick-Ass was just not well done at all. But with the release of Nolan’s Inception, this summer has finally received its must-see film. Hell, Inception just might be the best film of the year. It’s certainly Nolan’s best work to date. If you only see one film in theatres this year, make sure it’s Inception. You won’t be disappointed.