365 films in 2016: film 13 (Memento 2000)

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 21.23.48I love Christopher Nolan, he was the first director I was really into. I remember the first time I watched The Prestige knowing nothing about it before going into it and being blown away by how much I enjoyed this film that I only watched because I didn’t have anything else with me to watch. It’s become kind of trendy to make fun of Nolan due to the amount of memes that have came from his films and a group of people on the internet I like to call nolanites who worship the ground he walks on. Memento is a rare gem of a movie that put Nolan on the map, Memento takes story telling and flips it on its head, literally, the story plays out backwards meaning you know the end of the movie (the start of the movie technically?) this is something I’ve never seen before and it’s executed really well, the scenes are strung together with a series of black and white flashbacks, what’s so smart about this is you see the story the same way the Leonard does, you have no idea why he’s doing the things he’s doing just like he does but you have to assume it’s the right thing. this can be messy and confusing at times but Nolan does a great job at keeping the story straight forward and keeping the audience interested, what really makes the film is Guy Pierce’s performance as Leonard, Leonard is trying to find the man that killed and raped his wife but he can not make new memories so he carries a Polaroid camera so he can take pictures of things that are important to his investigation and tattoos the ‘facts’ which are the most important things he needs to remember. Pierce’s performance is really something, he’s almost robot like, like the death of his wife turned him into a cold, emotionless drone that only wants one thing, He reminds me of Javier Bardem’s performance in No Country For Old Men, they’re both calculated men with clear motives that will get rid of anything that gets in their way, Memento really deserves a lot of praise for the level of effort put into making a film like this work, it’s hard enough to make a good film let alone a film that plays out backwards that forces the audience to pay attention to what is happening on screen. Memento is a film that really lets Nolan’s creativity and talent as a director shine through, even with the small loopholes in the movie that never really get explained Memento is a solid 8/10.

In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.

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