Because Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” was postponed, Warner Bros. is bringing it again INCEPTION on the big screen. Or simply because he turns 10 this year. On the occasion of this, we look back on the dream-within-a-dream thriller in our review…
A scene for eternity…
Consequently, the settings that Nolan creates to illustrate Cobb’s journey of overcoming trauma are often dreamily beautiful, mostly grimly otherworldly and permeated by an underlying melancholy. The historic city center of Paris, where architectural styles compete with each other and, despite all its beauty, make the eventful, lived-in history of the French metropolis tangible. A meticulously planned, bright, clean hotel – which appears sterile and impersonal. A lonely, gray-brown fort that towers powerfully out of a fabulous snowy landscape. Places that invite you to dream and yet bring with them this dramatic, regretful pathos. What is ironic, however, is the wake-up call chosen by Cobb, which sounds when a mission has to be completed and which penetrates these worlds in which Cobb faces his shadow of the past: Edith Piaf’s “Non, je ne regrette rien”, “No, me no regrets”. Or is it not an evil irony, but an idyllic wishful thinking that only mutates into a threatening, booming warning signal the deeper “Inception” penetrates into the subconscious?
It’s not over at this level yet. Anyone who lets go and dares to go even deeper will find further approaches to interpretation. Is “Inception” Nolan’s metaphor for the planning and realization of a film – the dream of a filmmaker that is shared with his crew, a financier and ultimately with an audience? Is “Inception” Nolan’s multi-million dollar audio-visual self-therapy to come to terms with how he constantly and obsessively pursues his world-creating work and therefore leaves his family behind? How much does the existence of the eldest Nolan brother play into “Inception,” this film about a criminal who professes his innocence and wants to see his family?
“Is “Inception” Nolan’s metaphor for the planning and realization of a film – the dream of a filmmaker that is shared with his crew, a financier and ultimately with an audience?”
Conclusion: Film lovers will be forced to go through a personal and incomparable journey of thought, at the end of which a thoroughly individual interpretation awaits. With unique weighting of the topics discussed, suggested outcomes and chosen tricks. You probably came up with these ideas all by yourself. The seeds of any possible solution to the puzzles posed by this engaging labyrinth of thought come from Christopher Nolan’s brain. He runs Inception like no other.
“Inception” is currently being shown again in many cinemas.