Inception – Cinema Extraordinaire –

Every few years a movie comes along which not only defies  the norm but creates and entire new genre. It becomes and experience, an event in one’s life. In last few years you could say there were movies like Matrix and recently Avatar which did this and gave us some unthinkable concepts and gave a cerebral experience worth remembering to its viewers. It gave us fresh thoughts and allowed us to think not only out of the box but way out of anything we would have thought otherwise. Inception is one such movie.

In the days of old movies being rehashed, remakes of old classics, superhero tales and not-so-original concepts here is a concept which is truly out of this world. Actually the concept of dreams, dream manipulation, sub-conscious mind and sharing of dreams is something many of us think about while sitting alone and pondering over something but nobody had dared to think the way Christopher Nolan does in his super mind blowing, movie Inception.

There are movies in which people go without any expectations and then enjoy the film, but here is a movie where i challenge you to go with as many expectations as you have and you will still feel that the movie matches your demands.

The movie’s plot is well, simple, but told in a complex way but not complex enough not to be understood. The movie has the protagonist and his team trying to enter the mind of person, by entering his dreams, his sub-conscious thoughts and planting or ‘incepting’ an idea so that he believes that the idea is his own. Actually the director explains every little details of what is going on and what is about to happen and almost spoon feeds the viewers.

The film has a an ensemble caste lead brilliantly by Leonardo Di caprio, who has mastered the art of playing a psychological wreck. Other caste members Joseph Gordon Hewitt, Ken Watanbe, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page and Marion Cotillard as Leo’s dead wife play their part perfectly well. The director of the movie is the real hero and the screenplay and editing has to be the best for the year, probably several years. The razor sharp editing, mind blowing visual effects and superb background score helps to create a thrilling atmosphere for the film. Hans Zimmer’s background score is exceptional and heightens the mood of the film at every stage, especially in the last 30 minutes when you have dreams within dreams within dreams unfolding.

The visual effects are truly the best and the slow-mo scenes in which the van jumps in the river, to the Parisian street folding itself and houses collapsing, people fighting in zero gravity are truly spellbinding. The last half an hour where the director  plays around with laws of time and physics is captivating and is spectacular to say the least.

The movie makes you sit up and think, are we all real? or are well living a big dream created by the best architect known by the mankind, GOD ? Are we all projections of our true selves and is the only way out of this dream is death???

The movie is definitely the finest action blockbuster of recent times. The movie isn’t fool-proof and does have some loopholes but you can safely ignore all of them because it is an experience every movie lover should have. It is one of those landmark films that you’ll remember for times to come. Other movie makers, eat your heart out, but all the awards are going to this movie.

My Ratings: 9.5/10 –  Brilliant ! Mindblowing !  Do Not miss it for anything.

Toy Story 3 – Most Amazing Movie of the Year

Toy Story 3 is the most amazing movie of the year. The above line should be sufficient for one and sundry to rush to their nearest movie hall and catch the best movie to come out of Pixar studios. The name Pixar never disappoints and when they started with the first part of Toy Story more than 15 years back, people were amazed at the creativity, the animation skills, the wizardry of the artists etc. People continue to get amazed at all those things even now, with every new Pixar release.

Toy Story 3 continues from where the first 2 part were, but after a time-leap of few years. Andy, the original kid-owner of all the lovely toys has grown up and is movie to college and he decides to store the toys in his attic but the toys end up somehow at the local day-care center where they are played violently by young toddlers and bossed upon by an devilish  teddy bear and they all decide to escape to go back to be with Andy. The entire film is a big long adventure and you are nothing but in awe of all the wonderful characters, toys, settings, animations. Everything almost feels real and Woody and Buzz are as good as real life Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, who have given voice-overs to these toys right from the original movies.

Apart from the mind blowing animation, what Pixar does best is create wonderful stories. Stories that touch your heart and feels right out of your own childhood. Every kid has gone through with his toys what Andy goes through in the movie. The ending scene when Andy plays with his toys for the last time is heart-touching.

The movie is not only for the kids but also the kid within every Adult. It gets my vote for the best movie of the year in any language. Do Not miss it for anything in the world.

P.S. Do not miss the wonderfully created short film ‘Day and Night’ right at the beginning by the good folks at Pixar and do not miss the end credits of the movie, simply hilarious.

My Ratings: 10/10 –  Rush to the theaters and catch this movie.