Therefore, in conclusion, Memento is one of the most unique and captivating thrillers of the century, turning a simple concept of reversing the film’s order into a plot device to make us, the audience, feel like the protagonist who is struggling with his own memory. In comparison to Nolan’s more contemporary work, it has less visual flair and wow factor but still has that mind-bending story which has you guessing at every second. This may put a few people off and I had to rewind it a few times the times I have watched it. But this does not take away from the fact that you have to see this film. Hats off to Christopher and Jonathan again. I hope my review is just as brain scrambling as this film is by being in the reverse order! Another Must-See. Get watching!
Due to the small cast and simple sets, the film feels as if it is an indie film. It was very low budget and this may be a little jarring to people who expect Nolan films to be visually stunning or innovative. Memento is a small film which tells, in essence, a simple story. However, it would have to be so the viewer wasn’t completely thrown by it. At times, you will definitely be confused and lost which is certainly the point as you are meant to empathise with Leonard’s condition but it might be a little too much. I think other Nolan stories are certainly more approachable for the mainstream audience but this is still something people should really see.
Due to switch in the ordering of events, characters are unknown to both you and Leonard, and their motives completely unknown. Even at the end of the film, they are not fully believable and understood. Carrie Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano play the major roles of filling in the blanks and provide a lot of the intrigue to the story- the way they factor into Leonard’s life is fascinating. And the twist at the end of the story (well, actually the beginning of the story) throws everything out the window. Guy Pearce plays the part so well and you can almost see behind the mystery of filmmaking from his performance.
The story of the movie is this; Guy Pearce‘s character, Leonard, has an enormous memory problem called anterograde amnesia, meaning he cannot make new memories. He is trying to solve a mystery surrounding his wife’s murder using clues he tattoos on his body and from Polaroid pictures and notes. The film is told in two narratives. The majority is in colour and in reverse order to reflect Leonard’s condition (has he told you about his condition?) and the other is in black and white and follows a phone call he is having. The two storylines eventually merge to provide a riveting and genius thriller.
We have reached Monday again which means it is time for another Nolan film. This week, it is time for Memento. I had to rewatch this film because it had been awhile since I had seen it but it was definitely worth that second watch. That’s because Memento is an absolutely beautiful piece of film-making told in reverse order. In honour of the film, I am going to write my review in reverse order. I hope you are able to follow! So, are you sitting comfortably? Then we will begin.