Here are the writer's 9 points. For the full article, head over here: http://lazenby.tumblr.com/post/89100706 ... -inception
My points here are very simple:
1. Inception is a profound, personal, movie.
2. The personality being revealed is Christopher Nolan’s (‘he’).
3. Particularities about who is dreaming who, or when, or if they ever stop are superficial and irrelevant.
4. Much of the movie is about Nolan’s anxieties when making a movie, especially one where so much other-peoples-money is at stake.
5. His anxiety arises from the fact that he knows that he is a consummate director of ass-in-seat flock, and the fact that he doesn’t really want to be.
6. The movie wants to portray the more general anxiety of any creative person in the throes of creation: the enormous strain he finds himself under when, at any moment, the juice could all drain away, leaving him with uninspired, expensive, dreck.
7. He is aware of how slick and formal action films get asses in seats, and with Inception, he decided to explode that fact.
8. He wants to portray that one backwards-facing barb in him that prevents smooth delivery of ass-in-seat flock. I would call the barb ‘integrity’ or ‘responsibility’ or ‘commitment’.
9.In the end, he wants to make a movie that covers his ass and makes a lot of money for everybody, but with the knowledge that if he didn’t simultaneously make a movie that completely expressed his feelings about what it is to make a movie, to be himself, he’ll have failed.