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REMEMBER ME?! What a fitting movie title for my first review in a long time. Hopefully I can get back to writing reviews more regularly again because…well, because they are just so darn fun to write (and I hope they are fun to read too)!
Anyway, back to the film, Allen Coulter’s (“Hollywoodland”) “Remember Me” is a sweet and sad movie about love of family and the love of one’s life. The “love of family” theme isn’t as obvious from the trailers as the “love of one’s life” theme is, so the family aspects of the movie are a pleasant surprise. I tend to like modern movies that still incorporate strong family story arcs and both main characters in the movie have their own family “issues” – Robert Pattinson’s (the “Twilight” saga) Tyler Hawkins’ family plot centers mostly around his little sister Caroline (Ruby Jerins also in “Shutter Island”) and his angry/business-first father played by Pierce Brosnan. The ingénue Ally Craig, (“Lost’s” Emilie de Ravin), is dealing with issues relating to her cop father Chris Cooper and her late mother. Even with the families of these two popping in from time to time somehow they still find time to find each other and build a whirlwind relationship in the middle of NYC. This is an underrated, well-done movie that I think will surprise most audiences with its captivating and unconventional actors, dialogue, and story points.
– Robert Pattinson – Film critic Roger Ebert points out, “Only with Caroline can Tyler relax and drop the sullen facade, showing warmth and love.” And Pattinson’s scenes with little sis actress Jerins are some of the most interesting and genuine. They really stand out because these two have a very likeable brother/sister chemistry that makes you want to be their sibling too. Pattinson and de Ravin’s chemistry is more of the “can’t keep our hands off each other” kind, which, who can blame them. Pattinson and de Ravin are two of the hottest, newest talents on the scene right now, so it’s no surprise that these two are believable as a couple on-screen. More on Pattinson below.
– Ruby Jerins – This little Miss impressed me the most. If you cannot think of any other reason to see this movie, Jerins should be it. This 11 year old, currently on the show “Nurse Jackie,” is a breath of fresh, lively and upbeat air in “Remember.” With the exception of one terrible scene that takes place at a slumber party – poor girl. But she fulfills the emotions of the painful sleepover like an expert.
– Unconventional Conventional Scenes – I like how un-cliché the movie is during possible cliché scenes. For example, one scene, the type of scene in practically every love story movie, has hurt-by-her-man Ally yelling at Tyler, but Tyler does not yell back. There is no lengthy, teary, yelling speech or some other monologue we’ve heard a thousand times. Instead the scene becomes quieter with a feeling of exhaustion or that feeling when you’re so emotionally drained your brain is just blank. And yes, of course, Pattinson is brooding, but that’s just what he does!
– If I’m Being Picky Then … – There are a couple of little contrivances here and there. For example, Ally’s “I eat dessert before dinner” philosophy is the director and/or writer kind of shoving her story into the movie again and in a place where it does not really need to be brought up. Also, sometimes I just want these characters to have good in their lives, why does everything have to be so dramatic?! I guess it’s because there are only 2 hours to show their lives so the most interesting moments need to be shown, but still, I wish there were a couple more happier moments.
In the end, the lesson in “Remember Me” is ‘live in the moment and love those who care about and love you too’ (and that love isn’t always happy), which is not a unique lesson, but the film makers remind audiences of this lesson in a very big way (which I will not reveal). “Remember Me” is not going to win any awards, but at least it’s not the same sad love story seen in countless other movies made in the last 10 years and for that reason, amongst many others, I like it.