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Locked away a secret

In the Fantastic Fangirls Podcast (which you should give a listen to if you haven’t already!), Sigrid explains that she stopped watching Inception 10 minutes in. Well. Here’s what she missed:

She locked away a secret, deep inside herself, something she once knew to be true… but chose to forget.

Mal Cobb.

I find everything about her fascinating and I want to know her, the real her, not the one in Dom’s subconscious and memory. She is introduced to us as a false image, an echo, and everything we learn about her from Dom paints a picture of a woman with a very tenuous control of reality. But Arthur calls her lovely and she is at turns. I want to know what happened to her as a child, what drove her to lose herself in dreaming. I want to know about her relationship to her father and how it affected and was effected by his relationship to Dom. The Mal in the movie is made up of questions. I want to know who she was.

She locked away a secret, deep inside herself, something she once knew to be true… but chose to forget.

Now, I want to be up front that (spoiler?) we never find out any of this. There are no answers in the film. I desperately want a prequel about Mal, Dom, and Miles (Michael Caine). I won’t get one but hey, it’s all about dreams, right? Anyway, so watching it for Mal will not bring any closure. But it does invite conjecture. And then she gets to be my Mal.

My interpretation of Inception is similar to my interpretation of Sucker Punch, as detailed in the Podcast (which you should give a listen to if you haven’t already!): the entirety of the film happens inside Dom’s head. But setting that aside, setting aside everything else in the film (and there is plenty of good in this deserving-of-its-acclaim film), watch for Mal. Watch for Mal and wonder.

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