Friday, August 6, 2010
A brief comment about Inception (*no spoilers*)
Nolan is -- to use the film's own language -- an architect, but not an artist. He's a master at creating concepts, fleshing them out. His films resemble jigsaw puzzles more than anything else, an intricate array of pieces that come together in the end, where the glue that holds the audience is the connection between the pieces even if the pieces themselves are pretty uninteresting.
Nolan is TERRIBLE at action sequences. TERRIBLE. How-do-the-studio-bosses-let-him-get-away-with-it-terrible. That's the biggest problem in Inception: none of the big fight sequences makes any sense whatsoever. By that I mean, there is no sense of time and space, just random cutting between people shooting at each other. Terrible. However, Inception has a far more intricate structure than The Dark Knight, so audiences don't really notice. Still, its incoherent action sequences (and the fact that there are so many of them!) makes Inception just about a so-so movie (as opposed to being a really good one).
Nolan's expository sequences are clunky but his big emotional scenes just don't work. The man clearly needs a good script-writer to make his concepts work.
More points about the movie in general:
Hans Zimmer's score is way over-the-top, distracting and unnecessary. Sometimes I could barely hear what the actors were saying.
The performances are smart but Marion Cotillard's goes into pure awesomeness territory! I have stopped being surprised at how good Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in any role. Oh, and someone needs to give Ken Watanabe a lesson in diction.