I'm still not sure what to think about the film. I mean I liked it but I'm not sure to what degree, I'd like to watch it again though. Certain moments like Joseph Gordon- Levitt's hallway fight were brilliant, the physics of the dream in zero- g and so many of the visuals were very creative and fantastic to watch, but then on the other hand I thought the opening action scenes, and in fact the first 30-40 minutes or so were pretty unengaging personally. I mean nice visual tricks but the opening was pretty flat I thought.
The dream(s) which take place on the plane however is tremendous (for the most part) there's a ton of information as we go through differing dreams and the editing was very good. A fantastic pacing and tempo throughout which is like a prolonged bank heist and works very well. However I thought the dream sequence taking place in the snow was fairly boring and a downgrade from the the two previous sequences, it felt far more like a James Bond film (in a bad way) and seemed out of place to me. It does raise some interesting questions in relation to the plot and it's complicated nature ( Is Cobb dreaming? Was the whole inception within the plane actually meant to be an inception into Cobb's mind to free him from his guilt?) but I'd hesitate to call it brilliant after only one viewing but on just a basic level of handling the convoluted plot I thought the directing/editing/screenplay all worked very well.
At a visual level, the film had some very astounding moments, but on the other hand the film left me very emotionally stale. I don't know, it's difficult to articulate everything about the film because I'd like to see it again but right now I think it's a very uneven film. I love it's imagination and ambition but right now I'm not really in love with it.