Christopher Nolan: "I want you to chase your reality."
Looks like we might get some answers regarding the final scene for 2010’s Inception, kind of. Director Christopher Nolan spoke at Princeton University’s commencement ceremony earlier this week. Previously Nolan has made a habit of ducking out during screenings in order to not answer questions from fans regarding the film’s ending, but it appears that he's changed his mind.
Noland told the future graduates that: “The way the end of that film worked, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Cobb – he was off with his kids, he was in his own subjective reality. He didn’t really care any more, and that makes a statement: perhaps, all levels of reality are valid.”
He then added, "I feel that, over time, we started to view reality as the poor cousin to our dreams, in a sense ... I want to make the case to you that our dreams, our virtual realities, these abstractions that we enjoy and surround ourselves with, they are subsets of reality."
For Nolan, reality and dreams aren't mutually exclusive.
In the great tradition of these speeches, generally someone says something along the lines of 'Chase your dreams,' but I don't want to tell you that because I don't believe that. I want you to chase your reality.
What do you think? See for yourself.