Remember Me (1979) Movie Reviews
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LOVE LOVE THIS MOVIE HES A GREAT ACTOR AND SO CUTE LOVE YOU ROBERT
After nine years, I am grateful to Will Fetters and Allen Coulter for bringing us this story. I went without prior knowledge of the story line and I was surprised but felt the subject matter was appropriately addressed. Movies help us make sense of events in our lives, whether they directly or indirectly effect us. I go to movies to experience our culture and the culture of others, hoping to gain a better understanding of the lives of others. I got that. Don't let the previous review prevent you from seeing a well done, tasteful and thought provoking film.
As the above reviewer said himself, 9/11 could have happened just like this. Which is why it shocked me, it moved me and it made me think. I felt like the movie was very real and you grew to care about the characters, another reason that what happens causes such pain. Just like in real life. Except in this movie it was handled very tastefully and unlike real life we didn't have to relive every horrible moment or actually any of the horror. Our memories supplied that.
Movies by their very nature are manipulative. They want you to care about their stories, characters and they do what they have to, to get the job done. You can't condemn Remember Me for that without also condemning every movie ever made. The only misstep I think was with the promotion of the film which makes you think you're going to see a love story/rom drama and it is so much more than that. From what I read the writer, the director and the actors all came to the movie with the right intentions and they followed through. They have good solid performances and made the movie they wanted to make. It's not their fault that the studio decided to try and market it wrongly.
I have noticed a large split in reactions to the movie though. Some hate it like they've never hated a movie before and others, like myself, love it so much and think it is a classic that is ahead of it's time. I think the only way to tell which you are is to see it for yourself. I highly recommend getting the dvd and seeing for yourself. If you are one of those who 'gets it' you won't soon forget Remember Me.
What do you get when you cross a John Hughes' film with the greatest tragedy to ever take place on American soil? You get Remember Me, which is an absolutely shameless tearjerker starring that guy from the Twilight movies. Without the spectre of 9/11, it's just a retread of Pretty In Pink. With it, it's one of the most pathetic exploitations of tragedy of ever seen.
The rehashed story is, seriously, a brooding NYU student played by Robert Pattinson taking revenge on the cop that arrested him by asking out his daughter, with the intention of breaking her heart. Of course, they find out that they have shared pain. They find love, she learns of his plot, and so on. What was fodder for serio-comedy in Hughes' world is played strictly for pain and tragedy. Blame director Allen Coulter and writer Will Fetters for trying to put too much significance on a rather ordinary story.
Added to this is an ending that plays very little into the rest of the movie, and feels added on only to play with the audience's emotions. Yes, life happens, and 9/11 could easily have played into a story just like this in real life. But this movie feels like celluloid, and to bring such a real event into such a fake world is pretty disgusting.
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