I watched G.I. Joe - Rise Of The Cobra, and thought it was a great movie. I watched SALT, which really was an amazing movie. Then just when I thought things couldn't get any better I watched Inception, and it just blew my mind.
I remember watching Killing Zoe and thinking, woah, this has something. I remember watching Léon The Professional, and when his eye, shielded by red glasses, appears and disappears behind a bullet hole in an aluminum wall I remember insuring myself that this would probably be my favorite movie of all time. Of course I thought the same when I saw Banlieue 13, and Legend Of The Drunken Master. Even Ice Age 2 had something other cartoon movies didn't have, yet Inception has something amazing that none of them will ever even get close to.
It's not about special effects, breathtaking music, or an amazing storyline. Nor is the spectacular filmography the key point, though the movie certainly has all of the above. Though it radiates a confidence that clearly breaches perfection this still isn't the base element of it's undeniable brilliance.
It has depth, yet this is not the secret. I watched Matrix and came to the same realizations, had the same dreams, thoughts & visions; even though this movie came after, it soars over the competition like a breeze over the sands of Kazakhstan. It has something the other's don't, and I can't seem to see what it is.
I could watch this movie a thousand times, and though I don't really mean that, I could watch it a thousand times. This does not explain the movie, but maybe it can tell you how I feel about it and how it makes me feel about everything. I'm not going to say it's the best movie of the decade, but it is, if not of this entire century, both past and previous. The hype doesn't precede it. I had no expectations, but it would have surpassed anything I did have.
The actors all do a great job, but it feels like the movie goes beyond them as well, I wouldn't care if they switched out the entire cast, because it's so much more that makes this movie into the undeniable masterpiece that it really is. If you haven't seen it, go watch it, surely you'll come to the same insights as I have. So have the audience of IMDB, with 1648 user reviews averaging 10 golden stars each, and after 230,000 votes a score standing at a solid 8.9 golden stars; landing it on place number 4 in the top 250 movies of all time. That's quite an achievement, though I wouldn't be surprised if it climbed up to the best movie of all time.
I'll be posting more about this. ;)