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Old August 30 2010, 06:14 AM   #519
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Re: Inception (Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio) Grading & Discuss

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lol. Or maybe he figured out that working for the director of the #3 highest grossing movie of all time might be a positive thing for his career. I love how people here think DiCaprio was taking some kind of tremendous leap of faith.
Well, he was. In a summer full of remakes, sequels and adaptations, Inception was a risk because it was based on a solely original concept. Directors of famous and popular movies before have had missteps and failures. Just look at Bryan Singer, who directed the very popular The Usual Suspects and then the first two X-Men movies, and went on to direct Superman Returns which was tepidly received. Peter Jackson, director of the mega-famous and successful Lord of the Rings films, did the tepidly received King Kong and then The Lovely Bones which did even worse.

There was plenty of risk that Inception would have failed to connect with movie-goers, similar to Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. I think the most compelling thing to point out is that Leonardo DiCaprio just didn't take a one lump slum payday, he gambled on the film's box office chances. It was clear that no one could predict the box office of Inception -- there was certainly buzz but there was a lot of trepidation that it would fail because it was a brainy, cerebral, intellectual movie premiering right smack in the summer movie season where audiences pay to see movies where they can just shut off their brain, and not actually use it.

The fact that Inception resonated so well with movie-goers was a big and unexpected surprise. So DiCaprio definitely took a risk, but the gamble paid off. He invested in the right man.
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