Inception ★★★★★

I can't think of anything quite like going to the cinema, my absolute favorite thing to do. The way the air somehow seems cleaner when I first walk through the front doors of the building. Walking down the long hallway towards the theater my film is playing in, observing the various advertisements for future releases along the way. The way the lights dim when it is time to start the show. The excitement over seeing the previews before the film, wondering if something new and unexpected will grab my attention and find its way onto my radar. And, of course, the moment the real show begins, the film I have been waiting for days, months, sometimes years to see fills the screen and allows my mind to experience the vision of a filmmaker, regardless if it turns out to be a masterpiece or a complete failure.

While I have always loved sitting back and enjoying a movie, there was a time not long ago that I wasn't able to see any on the big screen, the way it was intended, and ironically it was due to the greatest moment of my life taking place: the birth of my daughter. Between the fall of 2007 when she was born and the summer of 2010, whether it was because of financial struggles, busy schedules or the total lack of a babysitter, it just wasn't possible for me to dedicate multiple hours away from my family, my home.

I still remember the moment I realized that would all change. It was the first time I laid eyes on the trailer for Inception. As I was already a fan of Nolan's work, I was anticipating the film before I saw a single image or even knew a plot synopsis, but the breathtaking trailer was a work of art on its own. I couldn't possibly wait until a blu ray release to embrace an original work on such a grand scale. I would be there, at the theater, opening weekend. Nothing was going to stop me.

Despite all of the expectations I placed on this film for months before I saw it, it somehow managed to exceed them. The creativity behind it floored me. The scope of it left me speechless. I couldn't help but think of the incredible dreams I experienced throughout my youth, the wonders of my subconscious, and as silly as it sounds it felt as if Christopher Nolan had created this masterpiece just for me.

Inception reignited my passion for walking through those doors and witnessing something new and grandiose on the biggest screen I could find. I wonder what sort of amazing, imaginative films will be released over the next ten or so years, so I can take my daughter to the cinema with me to witness it all unfold. I can't wait to see the look in her eyes.

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