If there’s one memorable film I best remember for the year 2010, that would definitely be “Inception.” This cinematic masterpiece stands out from the rest of the movie offerings of the year. It is, in fact, one of the best movies I’ve ever seen to date.
Runners up for the best movies to ever grace the big screen for the year include “Toy Story 3,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Black Swan,” “127 Hours,” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.”
Christopher Nolan’s “Inception”
“Inception” is a rare kind of visionary film that engages both the conscious and subconscious mind. Carefully infusing a big-budget blockbuster’s production values and the bold and powerful storytelling of director Christopher Nolan and his entire team of talented production artists, the film works in various levels of interest, entertainment, and fulfillment. They construct such an uncannily fascinating motion picture project that strikes the viewer even way beyond the visceral popcorn thrills offered by the big screen experience. It architects such a strategically artful story digging into a person’s deepest and most valuable secrets.
The film’s own thin line separating dream space and reality innovatively works to challenge every truth and element shown on screen. It showcases elegantly laid out action pieces, ingenious pacing, and effective emotional curves.
“Inception” is a cinematic treat that truly leaves a mark, as if being a member of the audience would mean becoming a part of the film’s very architecture. It plants ideas into the mind, while also opening itself to varying interpretations. It is the type of movie to benefit repeated viewings. Moreover, on a personal note, I even went digging through much research to know more about the story days after watching it for the first time. I carefully read the entire production notes of the film’s digital press kit, which I rarely do to less interesting movies.
The film knows how to manipulate boldness and restraint to serve its own complicated narrative structure. Impressively, it can be enjoyed whether on a superficial or a progressively deeper level of viewing. It is not short on audacious special effects, yet it doesn’t leave the more demanding film lovers behind. It is quite a feat to capture both sides of the spectrum with a rare balance of philosophical ideas, narrative tension, and labyrinthine plotting.
The ambiguous demeanor of “Inception” generally leads to conflicting opinions, yet the actual purpose of the film seems ultimately realized. It engages the intellect with its theme and concept while going beyond the need to figure out a twist or find out the “truth” behind its very story. Endlessly elliptical as it is, it works in many facets of cinematic viewing. From its brilliant and meandering machinations to its palpable sense of audio-visual showmanship, this meticulously crafted narrative is a truly memorable and exciting multi-layered mindbender.