Did You “Get” Inception?

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I reviewed Inception earlier today, and I thought it was pretty brilliant, but I wanted to just take a short aside here and ask a question I didn’t get to address in the review itself. After seeing the movie twice, and hearing reactions from my friends and family, I’ve noticed that it’s a pretty polarizing film. Most loved it, but some just didn’t “get” it. And I’m wondering if that’s been your experience as well.

Nolan’s movies have always been complex, but no one was exactly walking out of The Dark Knight going, “huh?” It seems that Inception might be so layered and cerebral that the general moviegoing public just can’t get a handle on it. Sure, the movie made bank this weekend, implying that people recognize that Nolan makes good movies, but I wonder what everyone said when walking out of the theater. Critics loved it for the most part, but it’s their job to recognize well made movies, so that’s no suprise.

I’m just wondering if this will resonate with the same audience who had Transformers 2 make hundreds of millions of dollars. Is it possible for that audience to do a complete 180 and enjoy something so complex, when previously they adored giant robots crashing into each other

I realize I might be coming off as condescending here, but America in general has notoriously bad taste in movies, with many shit pictures making bank because people like CGI. Only rarely does a quality film and box office success go together to readily. It happened with The Dark Knight, but I wonder if the same thing could happen with a movie with less mass appeal as it’s not based on any sort of storied franchise. I never understood why no one ever appreciated the genius of The Prestige, despite its stars, director and masterful plot, but so far the numbers for Inception would speak to a different path for the film.

I guess I’m just wondering what the “average” moviegoer felt about the film, and if most people are willing to exert the mental strain to follow such a film during a period that’s supposed to be a “leisure” activity.

I feel like most of you who read the site are the target audience who would enjoy this movie, but I’m more curious about your friends or family. Who didn’t “get” Inception?


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