After an accident, Leonard has acquired a kind of amnesia, in which he isn’t able to retain short term memories, or even make new memories at all. Because of this, he has devised himself a system to remind himself of his purpose. Along the film, we encounter the events that eventually unfold the scene in the beginning of the film, and find the answers to Leonard’s plight.
This is the film for the patient. Memento takes its time to develop the narrative, only providing bits of clues at the time so it’s not one for those looking for a fast solution. The film proceeds on a simple premise, and the use of the backward narrative allows the story to gradually build up to the climax and conclusion. This might not be as thrilling as the Batman trilogy, or discussion heavy like Inception and Interstellar, but damn it if this is not one of Nolan’s greatest work to date. The style he used works to its advantage because it doesn't confuse viewers while building up the narrative.
Guy Pearce was good as Leonard. He didn't oversell the role, and his narrative suited the character. I wonder what would happen to his character next, and if he’s condition is as simple as he thought. Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano played mysterious characters themselves, and it was through the narrative that we get to see their real role in the scenario that is Leonard's life.
Nolan sells us a simple story, but done in a style that doesn't take the animosity of the character, but rather builds up on it. The film doesn't overstay its welcome, and while it finishes the story in a conclusive manner, you can’t help but think beyond what Nolan provided.
Final Word: Not for everyone, but great stuff from Christopher Nolan.
Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie Anne-Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Director: Christopher Nolan
Great review! Memento wasn't the first Nolan film I watched, but I loved it all the same when I got to it. Are you doing Blind spots again next year?ReplyDelete
This is a Nolan film that more people should see; it's one of his most outstanding work to date. I'm doing another year of blind spots! Here's my list: http://bigscreensmallwords.blogspot.com/2014/11/blind-spot-2015.htmlDelete
As far as I'm concerned, Memento is absolutely brilliant. Great review.ReplyDelete
Thank you! Memento is one of Nolan's best work. Even seeing everything post-Memento then going back to watch this, the ingenuity of the director is very much present and evident here.Delete