Quick Hit: A movie in reverse takes an unoriginal idea and makes it feel fresh.
Memento is best gone into knowing as little about the film as possible. Whether that is seeing it for the first time, or revisiting the film after nearly a decade (like me), the film works best when you’re unsure of the story that is unfolding before your eyes. It keeps the twists active and keeps the story flowing. So this review will be shorter, because I don’t want to go into too much depth (so for those that are tired of scrolling through my posts, allow your eyes to rejoice!).
Memento is one of Christopher Nolan’s earliest films, back when he was more into the suspense and mystery of crime dramas. But these are gritty, noir dramas – everything in this film just looks dirty, from the characters to the set pieces. Some of this is the use of filters, but other times it’s just shooting it like it is – and combined with the costumes, like Pearce’s baggy clothes, and Cathy-Anne Moss’s outfits, really brings it back to the time period and makes it feel realistic.
It takes a lot of skill as a director to make a film in this order and not completely lose the thread of the film. Nolan successfully stitches scenes that have no business being together, especially since they are ending in the middle of moments. It’s tough and takes some getting used to, but as the film grows and you are hooked on the story, you notice the seams less and less.
I’ll comment on the acting and then leave this one to simmer – when you combine a film that has Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano in roles that are fitting to their acting styles and looks, there’s almost nothing you can’t do. There wasn’t a single performance I was disappointed in, but I think the person that the movie hinges on is Carrie-Anne. As usual, she’s terrific.
I’m giving Memento an “A-“. It’s just such an experience of a film that I recommend people to check it out.
For more on this film, check out IMDB.
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"