Sunday, July 25, 2010
Inception Perception

I think, in the future this period of time will be described as the Baudrillardian age. Our movies, all the stories we tell over and over seem to be posing and reposing the idea of a dream or a copy being more real than the original. Reality has been evicted from its former palace of glory. In Inception characters are conned and conned over again as to the nature of the real. Do we as audience members ever learn the real truth? No, the camera cuts away before we know for certain.

Movies are really the perfect medium for discussing these double, triple, let us just say multiple feints. One character says to another, do you remember how you got here? Of course (s)he does not. We just cut to this scene. Why would a film show a character getting to a cafe? what would be the sense in that? We assume that (s)he walked or drove, or rode a bike, or jumped on the back of Aslan the lion, or whatever. Characters are placed in scenes carefully crafted by the set designer, the writers, framed by the director and the camera man, and so on. What was I doing just before this scene? I was getting hair and makeup done and before that I was at the Craft food services table. Why?

I think though a current audience is much more able to accept a discussion of what is real now because their idea of what is real has been whittled away at by the internet for a decade or more. Who are your real friends? The people you hang with in meat space or your friends on Facebook, the ones you tell all your secrets to? I don’t know myself and I think rather quickly people’s ideas of what is just so won’t be just so any longer.

I haven’t spoiled anything. Go see it.

Posted by mice at 08:29 PM |
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