Tuesday, July 27, 2010

It's all in the mind

It was with much trepidation that I eventually went to see "Inception". Last week we had even gotten as far as the cinema foyer. We stared up at the posters but couldn't decide what to go to see. "Inception" was the best option, but we were all too tired and world-weary for it. It felt like going into an exam, knowing you hadn't studied for it. But the beauty of this, was that we actually didn't have to go in if we didn't want! So off we toddled for something to eat instead!
I had recollections of Vanilla Sky, that awful Tom Cruise film. I sat through it, really concentrating but still hadn't a bull's notion what was going on. About three-quarters of the way through, I just gave up. It wasn't worth the effort. An hour and a half of my life wasted, never to be retrieved.
This week I was ready! Bring it on. I was nearly going to bring a notebook to jot down a few details in case there were questions afterwards!
But it was brilliantly done. Near the beginning Leonardo had to explain the rules of dream sharing to one of the characters who knew nothing about it.
In other words, the director was saying "Listen here, audience, this is what you need to know before I can get on with the plot!
I loved it, loved it, loved it! It was so far-fetched and over the top....and yet it all made perfect, logical sense within "the rules".........and as for the zero-gravity fight, wow! When the final scene ended, the whole theatre just let out a collective "AH!"
I am fascinated with anything to do with the dreaming and the power of the mind. I have experienced many cases where I know I just have enough money left for the ESB bill, groceries and mortgage. And yet my mind can convince me that I need, nay, must have that new handbag/pair of shoes. Amazing!
I left the cinema feeling that I had just sat Honours Leaving Cert Maths, but very happy with myself because I had gotten an A!