We've seen a lot of posts coming out about Leo Decaprio and how some of his movies can be linked together. Personally I think a lot of them are either too shallow, ignore a lot of points or are unfaithful to the themes of the films themselves. Here's mine:
Inception is the real world. Leo as a child suffers from an injury that leaves him out-cold for a period of time. He begins to drift through dreams but they all share similar themes. They are all:
> Confining/Trapping him in some way.
> Period pieces.
> Escapist Fantasies.
It starts with Titanic. A self-centred fantasy about love at first sight against all odds where his confinement is his social class and also the limited area of the boat itself.
Then it moves to Gatsby. He becomes a self-centred, party-throwing millionaire who is again searching for love, this time to an obsessive degree. He is trapped by his own obsession and lifestyle.
Then comes Catch Me If You Can. He, at a young age, is a roguish con-man whose father is Christpher Walken (who is a pretty dream-like and inconsistent guy at the best of times). It is a self-centred escapist fantasy where he plays the elusive prey. His confinement is the ever constricting web of the law that slowly closes around him until he is placed in a cell. At the end he manages to finally begin to escape the cycle which leads him to...
Shutter Island. This time he plays the cop, not the criminal. He is the only person on the island who can see the truth behind the lies but ultimately it is revealed to be yet another escapist fantasy. Shutter Island is his subconcious battling to save him. To show him that what he is seeing isn't the truth and that he is confined by his delusions.
After Shutter Island is consciousness surfaces again and the experience leaves him a changed boy. He grows up enamoured with dreams, eventually finding a career in them. After having such a positive experience as Frank Abignale he is drawn to the shady side of the law, enjoying the thrill he once had as the world's foremost conman.