I just finished Inception (Netflix link), and I loved it.
I know I'm not literally the last person to see it, so I'm not going to do any spoilers, but I wish I could because I want to hear what you thought about the ending, by which I mean I want to convince you that I am right about it. And I would like to say also that I hate it when there is uncertainty about the ending. Would it have killed them to make it clear? Because I know I know what happened, because it is the only possible satisfying ending, but I want THEM to know I know, and to admit THEY know too, and not for them to tease me like we all might not know and/or as if "not knowing" = "deep and meaningful." I KNOW WHAT I KNOW.
Anyway. Netflix thought I would like it 3.2 stars, but I gave it one of my very rare 5-star ratings. To get 5 stars from me, I have to love it AND it has to make me think "WHAT just happened to my BRAIN?" I can see why Netflix couldn't predict my rating: there was a LOT of shooting in it, and I dislike shooting. But it wasn't the kind of shooting that distresses me (i.e., in war movies where young men are cut down in slow motion to sad opera music, or anything where it's scary and/or gory), so I didn't mind it much, though I did turn the volume way down. It also helped that I watched it while exercising, not only because I could burn off the adrenaline/stress as it accumulated, but also because that means I watched it in four chunks and could process each chunk for awhile before moving on to the next.
Man. I cried so hard at the end I gave myself a headache. If you watch it, remember: there is no uncertainty about the ending, because there is only one possible ending.
Speaking of reviewing stuff, I finished The Leftovers.
Here are the things I didn't like:
1. I couldn't tell the guys apart. Their names and their personalities seemed mostly the same, and very bland. I had to figure them out from context: oh yeah, this is the dad, because here's house/breakfast; oh yeah, this is one of the guys in that group, because here's bottle/kissing; oh yeah, this is the son because here's that girl.
2. I'm trying not to give anything away, but there is a ritual in a cult, and the ritual would have worked perfectly well without a certain relationship element. Tying it to the relationship made it sadistic and mind-gamey, which made no sense. Definitely it made the plot more thrilling---but it SEEMED like an element to make the plot more thrilling, as opposed to seeming like it fit.
3. At the end, I didn't feel like I'd been given enough information about the characters to get a feeling for how things were going to go. It's not that I needed every plotline finished (though I do enjoy that), it's that everything was still swinging wildly back and forth for everyone (and for the whole disappearance plot itself) and then the end just snipped it closed randomly, like the book wasn't going the way the author thought it would and now he was sick of it and wanted to be done with it. I felt like I knew what was going to happen with a couple of the characters (one was probably going to be okay; another was probably not), but the others could have gone any direction. And yet I felt like the last scene was meant to imply a sort of resolution.
4. I would have enjoyed more talk about the disappearance itself. What percentage of the population, for example? Or perhaps I missed that part. I'm always nervous I'll criticize something and it'll turn out I was just dim and missed a page or something. And was not one single person an actual eyewitness to the disappearance of so much of humanity? We heard two eyewitness stories, and neither one actually witnessed anything with their eyes. I would have preferred a more Stephen King-like approach for this section: more glorying in the surprising horror.
Just OVERALL, I felt like the book fell flat. It felt like reading the second book in a six-book series.
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