I'll admit I am not a fan of big franchises, Harry Potter being the prime example. I see the Harry Potter films as a way of putting more money in JK Rowling's back pocket and nothing more. But I can't be completely critical just because I think the principal is wrong, so I'll make a stand and say that I actually quite enjoyed The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (though Part 1 was too boring for me to remember). It's a never ending battle and is actually quite exhausting to watch. The only thing that motivated me to watch it in its entirety was the fact that it had to end and this was the last one. Ever. Though relieved that Harry Potter 8 can't exist, I actually do feel a sense of an end of an era, but a long era that was dragged out due to the fact the last film has 2 parts. Personally, I think Helena Bonham Carter is the best thing in this film, especially in her part of playing Hermione. She is a great actress which is more than I can say for the rest of them. Nonetheless, I didn't put it off after 10 minutes and I didn't fall asleep, therefore it has done well with me.
Christopher Nolan has certainly proved himself to be a genius in filmmaking and directing after his major success with Inception and also Batman Begins and The Dark Night. It is a breath of fresh air to see that Hollywood is capable of producing masterpieces, though very few there are. I feel that the importance of film is being lost in the digital age. With 3D and CGI playing vital roles in pleasing audiences, the hard work of writing, scripting and acting is becoming less important in making a successful film - but Inception ressurects these key aspects. Leonardo DiCaprio is in my opinion one of the best actors of his time, and proves this through his portrayal of Cobb. Alongside him is climbing actress Ellen Page who excels her previous acting roles while Marion Cotillard is an exceptional choice for the role of Cobb's trapped wife. Inception is intellectually powerful in its complicated plot but also emotionally powerful as we learn about Cobb's character beneath his work as an extractor. The simple idea of understanding a dream escalates, creating a mind blowing sequence of events. A second viewing may be necessary as the first may leave you perplexed, but beneath its complicated science is very simply a well written film with talented actors playing the lead roles. It is quite possibly the best film I have ever seen, but hopefully is an inspiration to upcoming directors and the first of many more masterpieces to come.
I was thoroughly looking forward to seeing this; and was thoroughly disappointed after doing so. What it lacked in intelligence it gained with visual excitement, but for me personally that wasn't enough. I expected more of the sci-fi icon but proved itself no deeper than surface value.