Relentless. Limited plot, limited characterisation, lots of explosion and carnage. It is a Mad Max movie through and through, you either like that or not. In many ways it felt like the movie George Miller would have always wanted to have made of Mad Max if he had had the budget. Now he did, and this is what you got.
At the beginning of 2010 I realised that I was struggling to compile a list of 10 movies that I was excited about seeing. Overall this year did feel like a bit of a let down, particularly compared to the stellar year that was 2009, however when all was said and done, the movie that ended up as my overall favourite was a truly fantastic film.
Inception was a movie that seems so well crafted, so beautifully and carefully put together that it appears to me like a near flawless piece of work. I have watched it over and over again, and scrutinised all it’s elements so deeply and always find myself satisfied with what I see. Everything that happens in the movie, happens for a reason, there are no points that just seem like a lump of exposition required to explain what is an unusual setup. It is a true testament to Nolan that he is able to explain what is going on in a seamless way without ever losing the momentum of the film.
The construction of the film is also impeccable. The movie carefully explains the rules of the universe it is set in, and then the story plays out and throughout the rules are followed to the letter. There is no cheap moment of deus ex machina – everything is consistent and it all fits well. The true mark of a great story teller and great film maker.
Top 5 Movies I saw in 2010:
2. Toy Story 3
3. Iron Man 2
4. Clash of the Titans
5. Kick Ass
Favourite film of 2009: Avatar
Holy crap, I freaking loved Inception. I’ve seen it twice, and I’ll no doubt be seeing it many more times. It is such a well made, superbly crafted film, it totally blew my mind. A definite must-see film. Go, see it now. I’ll wait.