i’m not in the mood for a proper analysis. these are just some simple impressions while watching it.
22 min. in:
first impression: so inception is about men doing things with men. american classic: man hero only in it for the family. doing it for the kids. women pop up as hostile (grandmother rejecting to talk to him on the phone) or things from the past covered in feelings of guilt (wife).
woohoo. been moaning to quickly. young female genius architect enters the scene. curious if she will be more than scenery.
30 min. in:
cool. she starts bending the blocks and streets into escher world. of course that’s forbidden cause it brings chaos into the neatly-structured bureaucratic dream world. meh.
roles are such: female is for the creative (dream architecture) and emotional (listening to leo’s problems) bits. male is for the decision-making and technical bits of what seems to become an ocean’s eleven coup in a dream world. and by now we know it’s for a good cause even if it’s illegal. no one wants monopolisation of energy blabla. how tame this movie is.
does it count – bechdel-test-wise – as ‘two women talking to each other’ if one of both is dead and just exists in a dream?
oh, i see, it doesn’t count anyway, as all they do is talking about ‘him’ and his problems.
1h09 min. in:
it wouldn’t be a male action movie if they can’t die but just wake up. so imagine extra facts and feed it to the audience. oh, and what could be worth than dying? going down into some christian limbo thingy.
1h17 min in:
boohooo – hero now is hated now by the rest of his crew for knowingly bringing them into danger so he has time on his own to pour his heart out to female protagonist. seems to be her main purpose in there by now.
yay, they realised the movie needs a few joke:
a) the unavoidable funny ‘mine is bigger than yours’ weapon scene.
b) more misogyny:
one man: ‘we need a distraction’
the other: ‘i know a lovely lady i’ve used before’.
c) and one more: tricking the female protangonist into a kiss. oh, she’s such a naive little thing. *hahaha*
oh my. all three presented rather un-funny. and absolutely useless for the story. résumé: this film surely has a humour deficit and a male cliche overdose.
1h36 min in:
next scene with the woman who – let’s not forget that – was introduced to us as a genius architect, shows of course her as the one of the bunch who gets confused by all the dream levels and has to ask who’s subsconscious they’re about to enter. all in all this film sinks deeper into bland action movie standards. instead of using all the cool options the world of dreams gives you it doesn’t go further than using a few time / story twists and a few gravity gimmicks for classic action scenes.
2h05 min in:
oh my, leo’s dead wife didn’t even come up with her idea on her own. he planted it in her head. how dumb of her. how dominant of him.
oh my. disappointed. those guys in whose dreams we glimpsed have the tamest lamest subconscious minds ever. it is an entertaining movie but doesn’t make much of it’s opportunities. well-structured dreams are a bit boring. also it’s the most a-sexual and humourless movie i’ve seen in a while. maybe cronenberg would have done this better.