Inception review embargoes were finally lifted last night. The Inception review anticipation was at a fever pitch on the Web, as Inception reviews flooded in at 6 p.m.. After months of excitement over the teasers, and the fact that Christopher Nolan was the director, the Net movie community would now get an idea of the movie itself. Bloggers and critics have pointed to this film as the last hope for summer 2010, and maybe the last hope for original thought in Hollywood. That is a lot of pressure on a movie, yet the Inception review buzz suggests it may be warranted.
Select critics got their first look at the film a week and a half ago, but were told to hold their thoughts back. Normally, that signals studios want to contain bad word of mouth, yet no one thought that in this case. The Inception review embargo was more about keeping the secretive plot and mysteries under wraps – or so fans hoped.
Those hopes were backed up after 6 p.m. est last night. At that point, the Hollywood Reporter and Variety posted their raves, while CHUD and Empire Magazine gave it a perfect score. HitFix’s Drew McWeeney, Aint It Cool News’s Mr. Beaks, Box Office Magazine’s Drew Hammond, and the blogs Cinematical, Indie Wire, Film School Rejects and more were also glowing.
The Inception review count on Rotten Tomatoes also reflected the huge buzz. Although it collected only six reviews, the movie’s Tomatometer is a perfect 100 percent, with an 8.3 average rating. Once it collects the other reviews, the rating is bound to go up.
Bloggers and fans have all but resorted to praying in hopes Nolan will not let them down. If the first Inception review comments are accurate, Nolan will have indeed saved the summer, and proved that sequels and remakes don’t have to rule Hollywood. Of course, these same fans will then push him to get back to Batman 3.
However, the Inception review raves will probably not be unanimous by July 16. Even the raves suggest that it may be a difficult film to understand on the first viewing, and it may not be for everyone. The only lukewarm review came from ComingSoon.net, whose critic complained that the setup and lengthy exposition were overdone. Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers also echoed that the movie may be “too smart” and could hurt box office chances.
Despite the huge Inception review scores early on, it probably won’t get 99 percent positive scores, like Toy Story 3 did. With Nolan now pretty much worshipped as a god in some circles, backlash is bound to form somewhere. But, if enough critics echo the ones from last night, then the backlash will be drowned out by cheering fans and pundits.
After this Inception review flood, other critics will now get to see the film and send their thoughts before July 16 – which now can’t come soon enough for audiences.
Rotten Tomatoes- “Inception”
CHUD- “Review: Inception”
ComingSoon.net- “Inception Movie Review”