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Reviews: Inception & Toy Story 3
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I went to Stroud today to see Toy Story 3 (NOT in 3D because those glasses give me a headache and I dislike the way they're using it as the saviour of cinema).

I had heard that this was an emotional film. I had heard tales of grown men weeping in cinemas while watching. I am not someone who normally cries at television, film or books. The last time a film made me openly sob was Titanic back in 1997. I expected to be moved - the Toy Story films are moving - but I did not expect to be moved to tears.

I was wrong.

As soon as the film started and I saw how few toys were left, I was worried. When I heard that Bo Peep had been given away - leaving Woody without the one person who always believed in him - I knew that things were different this time. It was serious. The way they were so desperate to get played with - the way Slink's ears were slightly worn at the edges, the way you could see the shine had been rubbed off Buzz's buttons - it all spoke of time passing. I honestly didn't know if they'd include Buster, because it had been so long and he might be dead. But they turned that into a funny moment, when Woody called him and I thought I don't think he can run any more, Woody and then he comes around the corner, all grey and podgy. It was funny but it also made me sad because it seemed like yesterday that he was a waggly, happy puppy. And the objective of the film had changed as well. It wasn't about getting back to Andy any more. Andy didn't really need them. Yeah, he was taking Woody to college with him - but let's face it, Woody wouldn't have been played with there. He would have been a mascot, a security blanket. I think this is what he realised at the end of the film and why he decided to go back to Bonnie and take the others with them. My jaw dropped open when they started sliding towards the fire, by the way. They aren't seriously going to kill them, are they? I mean, I know this is Pixar, but they're not going to INCINERATE them? I thought. And then I thought, This is a KIDS film... because what I was watching disturbed me! I didn't want kids watching this. I was so relieved that they were rescued by the aliens, giving that small nod to Toy Story 2.

From the moment that Andy picked up Woody and put him in the College box, I felt the tears well up. By the time he drove to Molly's house, they were dripping down my cheeks, because he was moving on, and even though Bonnie would take wonderful care of them, they would never really see Andy again. And then Andy played with them one last time. I loved how he introduced Bonnie to each of them, and the fact he still remembered every single toy. I just wish we knew where Bo and Wheezy had gone.

My mind is still a puddle of awe from watching this film. It took a while to set up but I knew that was going to happen because it was important to establish the concept of the film and the implications. I loved the investigation of the subconscious and what it would be like if you could live in dreams. As Dumbledore said: "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." (Well, you'd know, wouldn't you, Albus? After what your dreams did to your family.) Cobb's fear of his subconscious, his refuge in drugs in order to escape his mind and the lurking guilt which took the form of his dead wife, it was brilliantly psychological, so Freudian but not misogynistic. Of course, I adored Arthur and Eames, the two opposites, but I think Ariadne was my favourite. She was smart, inquisitive and determined. If it hadn't been for her, Cobb would never have confronted his fears. That's why Miles said she was better than Cobb - because she had the courage of youth, the ability to face fear. I kind of want to see it again to take it all in.
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I felt the same way during the fire scene - that was waaaaay too dramatic for my liking. For a split second, I was convinced that was how the movie was going to end.

Yeah! I was like "Oh my God, they're RESIGNING themselves to DEATH. PIXAR, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?"

I did forget to mention that Ken was hysterical. Everything about him. Especially the modelling scene (complete with Le Freak! me and the guy behind me were in hysterics) and then the torture scene.

"THOSE WERE VINTAGE!"

Ken's really been there a long time if he's got stuff dating back to the 60s!

And of course, Mr Pricklepants. I'm convinced he's mocking Kevin Kline.

a;sklajfldk Kevin Kline. I didn't think of it until you said it, but it is so true. :D

a;sklajfldk Kevin Kline. I didn't think of it until you said it, but it is so true. :D

XD I know, right? Once you think it, you can never forget it.

I was TOTALLY CONVINCED they were going to be incinerated. And yes, the ending when Andy and Bonnie are playing - and I loved that Woody got the idea from listening to Andy's mom coming to terms with the fact that he'd grown up.

And yes - where is Wheezy, dangit? (For some reason I was less worried about Bo Peep, since Wheezy was already broken once!)

Especially since all the adults in the audience (even those without children like me) were having the EXACT SAME REACTION as his mother. *lol* Maybe that's what started me off.

And yes - where is Wheezy, dangit? (For some reason I was less worried about Bo Peep, since Wheezy was already broken once!)

I like to think Wheezy was bought by a girl who loves penguins. As for Bo... I don't know. I'm still sad that she was gone. That really hit home and it also makes you sad for Woody.

I forgot to mention that Spanish!Buzz was great fun ("Buzz Lightyear al rescate!") and I'm happy that he finally got around to admitting his feelings for Jessie, HOW LONG DID THAT TAKE, HUH?

Aw, man, nothing makes me cry like Pixar movies. That five minute short, Special Delivery, I cry buckets. My eyes were far from dry for Toy Story 3, but it wasn't really for the toys. They got a happy ending. I was crying for Andy because he was parting forever from his toys and his childhood.

Inception, I liked, mostly. It is probably my favorite Nolan film. While I love the ideas that Nolan comes up with, I don't think that he goes deep enough or far enough. I liked Ariadne (named after the chick that helped Theseus navigate the Labyrinth) and some of the imagery and the mystery plot about life in dreams. But I felt like it was too logical where it should have been illogical, and too illogical where it should have been logical. In making dreams so realistic (to trick the subjects), it seemed to miss the point of dreams in the first place. It was a really good movie, worth two hours, but I really thought there could have been more to it.

I forgot to mention the short, "Night and Day"! That was a really great short.

I liked Ariadne (named after the chick that helped Theseus navigate the Labyrinth) and some of the imagery and the mystery plot about life in dreams. But I felt like it was too logical where it should have been illogical, and too illogical where it should have been logical.

That's exactly why I liked her, too! I was like "Oh, I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, Nolan! XD" And then I had to explain to my friend why I did that smug "ahhhh" noise.

Let's face it, few people get dreams right in film or in books. I'm not even sure if it's about dreams so much as the subconscious mind and how easily it could be used/abused by other people if they gained access to it.

I remember when my college roommates and I went to see "Master and Commander" and, in the film, someone shoots an albatross, and I said, really loudly, "Retard!" And the other people in the theater gave me a weird look, obviously not getting it. I love having that smugness of being able to explain the literary references in a film that I get and no one else does.

Very true. I guess that's really what Nolan was doing, going into the subconscious rather than dream.

He shot a albatross? I'm guessing the movie goes downhill from there? *lol* I would probably have snorted to myself and muttered "Idiot!" I still haven't seen that movie, though, is it worth renting?

Yeah, the ship, needless to say, has some problems. I don't really remember much of the movie except that. I think it was ok, but also remember thinking that it was a bit boring and overly long.

Oh, I think the toys will see Andy again. Maybe now and again. It's clear that his family is friendly with Bonnie's family. Maybe he'll come over once or twice when he's on vacation. And then maybe when Bonnie's outgrown the toys, Andy will have kids of his own. And it'll be a glorious cycle...

I wanna see Inception now. I didn't like the Dark Knight, but I think I'll like Inception. (No, I didn't read all of your review, but I've been hearing good stuff across the board.)

I like that idea! I'm just not as optimistic as you about the toys seeing Andy again.

I really hope you do like it. My friend's twin sister absolutely HATED it and ranted about it for five minutes while we sat there stunned. I think maybe she'd heard too much hype and was expecting something completely different... it was disappointing.

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