James told me he wanted to see this this film at the theatre, so I joined him.
Like some other Christopher Nolan films there is a twisty plot that warps our current view of time and space, with this film concentrating more on warping time. It is confusing at times, and while it does start making sense by the end of the film, it was just a bit too much and is not really explained as well as it should have been.
Everything else is slickly acted, filmed, and edited, and there is plenty of action to break up the confusing parts.
But, I had quite a problem understanding the dialogue at times, and missed out on some plot points because of it. The background music or sound effects were sometimes too loud, and the actors were doing their Hollywood-mumble, so I couldn’t hear them. There were subtitles on the screen in Japanese for the audience, but I am not the best at reading Japanese.
In the final battle scene the sound was turned up beyond 11, and I had to put my fingers in my ears because I was worried about hearing damage (a metal gig I went to many years ago gave me slight tinnitus, so I have been very careful about loud sounds ever since). The theatre is of course partly to blame, but compared to the rest of the film this scene was much louder.
So this was a very mixed one. It was very nice to look at, and there were some good action sequences, but the confusing plot and over-exuberant sound effects made it a bit tiring.
As usual at a movie theatre in Japan there was absolutely no reaction from the audience at all. No gasps, laughs, oohs or ahhs, or shouts of “Kill him! Kill him!”, just silence. I went to a comedy film once and was amazed that after a funny line or gag almost no one was laughing, maybe a self-conscious giggle or titter, but no eruptions of laughter from the audience. I miss a real movie experience. Possibly in a big city like Tokyo it is different, but out here in the backwoods it is quite dull. The seats are very comfy though.
I will have to watch it again at home with subtitles on and my finger hovering over the volume button to really see what I make of this one.
Date watched: September 19th
Film count 2020: 45