After seeing the movie a second time, I still appreciated Nolan's craftmanship as a filmmaker. But that's just it, the second time in, you're looking for simply storytelling and structure, the architecture and layering of the story, the plot, the dreamworld. That second time, the characters (aside from Murphy confronting his dad and opening the safe) all felt like chesspieces in the game of clever filmmaking. Nolan is a smart filmmaker, and he made the film too smartly for it's own good. When I saw Fellowship pf the Ring
for the second, third, and fourth time, I became misty eyed, or at very least, awed by the characters themselves, during such scenes as Gandalf's fall and Boromir's death. Here, watching Inception
for the second time, I felt like I was watching an outline of a good film at film school.