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If you thought Inception was too long, too complicated and/or too difficult to understand... chances are you're not alone. Lucky for me (and anyone else suffering from Inception confusion) Mashable has released a TL;DW video simplifying the events of the film using animation, dragons, fart jokes and more. Check it out below.
As you can see in the above TL;DW (Too Long; Didn't Watch) vid, much of the Nolan's mind-bending film and its "dreams within dreams" has been explained in ways never previously thought possible. Using only simple animations and through the use of ridiculous narration, me and around 17,000 other people now finally understand the many levels of Inception. Well, sort of. The fact that I can now refer to Leonardo DiCaprio's character Cobb as the "Michael Jordan of dream espionage" should at least make me feel smarter in a room full of Nolan loyalists. Okay, probably not.
Alright, I'll admit it. I still don't have a clue about how all of the different dream levels work and how they interact with one another and from the sounds of it, this Inception board game isn't going to help either. I did, however, like the above vid's inclusion of insignificant fart noises for seemingly no purpose as well as willingness to incorporate everybody's favorite luckdragon, The Neverending Story's Falkor. One of the funnier moments in the three minute breakdown was the explanation of Level 3.
It's Level 3. We're in a hotel. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is there. He's floating, the shooting continues.
Completely useless as far as telling me anything I didn't already know, yet funny nonetheless. The reminder of that most awesome scene, however, was definitely the nail in the coffin that made me decide that I have to revisit this film again. Talk about an amazing effects triumph of a scene.
Probably the most hilarious bit in the above TL;DW video is the end where they talk about the whole film potentially being a "crazy, long dream." Their exploring the idea of Cobb wondering if Mal is alright and alive somewhere with the kids nagging "where's dad?" was pretty priceless.