The top will fall. The precession (the way the axis of spin itself revolves) means it will fall. I don't know whether people don't understand the physics or just didn't see it, but the top is beginning to fall. It is not necessary to see it actually hit the table to know this.
Well sure, being that it's not a CG effect, it will obviously show physical signs of eventually
falling over like any real spinning top would.
But the question is whether that was the intention by Nolan, or whether we're supposed to suspend disbelief (like in any scifi movie) and accept that it actually DOES go on spinning forever.
Yes. Makes perfect sense. Nolan fucked up the entire ending of his movie because he couldn't edit-in a CGI top, loop the shot of the ending, or do something along those line to make the top seem to spin without failing. Nope, he fucked up and through the editing, screening before signing off on the final edit of the film and all of that he left the failing top in the final cut.
Brilliant. The ending of a movie fucked up because a director forgot about physics.
The lengths some people will go to.