Inception – I call it the Charlie Kaufman Action Movie declares Vasan Bala & we bow down to him for dissecting “Being Christopher Nolan” so well!

Posted: July 17, 2010 by moifightclub in cinema, film review, Hollywood, reviews, Thoughts
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We all have been INCEPTED! Ok, except few here and there. And few who belong to U-25! Guys, go easy on that age factor, seriously. Am going all cerebral here. Deep down, three levels. #JGrin

Lot of us, including Vasan Bala worship Charlie Kaufman. So, to compare anyone else with him is itself a big compliment. But Christopher Nolan is not “anyone”. Oops.

Vasan is the third musketeer in our group whom we ditched and went to see Inception before it hit the theatres today. But seems like for the next Nolan movie, I have to give him the preference because he has dethroned the old fanboy Kartik Krishnan. Vasan has nailed it and how! In short, simple and crisper way and much like one of the central thoughts of the film – you don’t remember where you start dreaming from, rite ? Its “Being Christopher Nolan“. Read on. For Kartik Krishnan’s post click here and for my orgamsic non-stop twitter post, click here.

Some people are calling it the Cerebral Blockbuster.

Some say it’s all mind and detached from the heart.

I call it the Charlie Kaufman Action Movie.


Then again something in me says the seeds of Inception were thrown in when Sammy Jankis was born or was it the insulin, or was it when the search for John.G began…it never ended…did it…ok…where was I ?

Or when Will Dormer could not sleep in the endless daylight of Alaska ?

Or was it when Angier’s wife drowned.

Or was it Bowden’s arrogance in pushing his devotion for magic too far which led to a lot of blood shed, scarred egos, tons of accumulated guilt. Were we watching closely?

But then wait wait wait…Cobb….was always there, right from the start FOLLOWING the young man. A serial burglar….a thief getting into the mind of the YOUNG MAN.

As Cobb said in the Following “You take it away, and show them what they had.”

Cobb here in Inception just takes a HUGE ‘LEAP OF FAITH’ and digs into some three more layers.

The art, the craft, the obsession, the love, the loss, the guilt, the anger, the redemption, was it all worth it…was it for real…are you willing to put a bullet to your head to know ?

INCEPTION is one of those Kaufman moments where the genius lies in telling a simple story in a seemingly complex way yet with plenty of leads to find your way, almost spoon feeding you and making you feel cerebral enough to decipher HIS creation…..and all this with Nolan’s blockbuster vision. Where Kaufman failed at his SY^&%%$%^$ NEW Y$%^ maze Nolan builds it ever so complex yet so effortless, ever to explanatory yet so discreet. LET GO.

Am still quite dumbstruck by this illusionary cerebral elevation in my created by Nolan.

Fuck all that…..go watch it THRICE. Am already geared for level 2.

What last for 5 minutes will last for an hour in LEVEL 2….and the third???? Go figure!

It never stopped spinning….hahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahha!!!

(PS – Lets ditch the old fanboy this time and go for Level 2 soon)

  1. spock says:

    I wonder if it’s fair to compare Nolan with Kaufman, based simply on the complexity of the plot of Inception. Both are great filmmakers but in quite different molds. Kaufman revels in using self reference as a device in his films, but they aren’t key to his plots. His stories cannot be encapsulated in a single sentence. Five people will have five different opinions about his movies. With Nolan, at least with inception, while using dreams as a setting was brilliant, he didn’t really do much with it, the key plot was a very simple robbery. In fact the side plots were more interesting. Also by adding action and chase sequences to the mix, he made it more mainstream. Also making the characters explaining every single thing in the movie. I think as someone else has referred to, the one thing that came through in Inception was Nolan’s skill at execution – being able to put together a movie where the audience doesn’t get lost where there are so many levels, and still put together a coherent story. Charlie Kaufman doesn’t really care about how his audience will react, he makes movies as he likes them.

  2. raj says:

    i totally agree with spock… charlie is way more artistic than nolan .. nolan is a brilliant director no doubts .. but not as artistic as charlie ..
    about inception .. it was brilliant that he portrayed it efficiently on the screen the complex concepts of human brain functioning ..i am a psychiatrist .. i would like u guys to jus go through this book called states of consciousness by charles tart .. will make inception look much simpler than it looks ..
    synecdoche newyork is an art piece .. charlie was not struggling to show he wants to show , but he wanted to show what he has shown simple things get complex just to realise the end the were simple .. it needs a lot of thought process to understand and accept charlie

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