“Remember Me” I Will

Genres: Drama and Romance
Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.
Release Date: March 12th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and smoking.

Directed by: Allen Coulter

JJ Rating: A-

See it again: Yes.
Own it: Yes I will.
Convince others to see it: Women would love it. Fan girls—not so much. They have this odd obsession with Twilight that makes them need to be lobotomized before anyone will probably ever want to date them.

Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson), under a dare by his friend Aidan Hall (Tate Ellington), went up and started a conversation in hopes of a relationship with Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin). Their relationship bosomed, even through there was negative family members and terrible prior situations. Remember Me.

One critic stated that the end was borderline offensive while at the same time stating they found the movie (prior I’m assuming) somewhat amusing. That’s conflicting. It’s like driving. People LOOK like they know where they want to go, but their lack of going puts a damper on that idea—especially during rush hour. The same goes for most critics of movies. They seem like they enjoy movies, but their comments tend to show their total disregard for films in general which (as with the traffic and people supposedly wanting to go home) is totally contradictory. The ending was not offensive. The movie was not funny—as in laughing at instead of with.

I read this book about serial killers and there was a little girl who killed two boys and went to each of their funerals and just laughed. Just because someone laughs doesn’t mean the situation is actually funny—factually. It’s more like they are deranged and therefore their humor is not only misplaced and misguided it’s stupid. And that is what that critic is—stupid. =)

Remember Me hit home for a particular reason that would be too revealing (about the film) to share. I have never had this particular situation happen to one of my family members (and in case you see it or have seen it I’m not speaking about the first scene—though that hasn’t ever happened to a family member either) but I have read many news articles about average people and famous people that have gone through with this. It’s hard because there’s always help, always.

The ending was good. I did not expect it the way that it happened. I expected something similar but in more of a character viewing instead. It was powerful. I do not ever presume to understand what people feel or how people feel with devastating situations. I assume via empathy so that I can have a good guess to give me some perspective, but nothing more. I have lived a relatively tragic free life. I understand that that is rare, but based on what others have gone through I have not been though anything that would be considered terrible. I have never lost someone close to me. I have never been in a terrible car accident. I have never been without. I have been very blessed in a sense. One day it’ll come and I don’t want anyone to ever think they know what I am going through even though they have, for example, lost their loved one. I never think I understand how someone feels in such a situation. Every situation like that is unique and the feelings are unique as well. What they feel is not something that someone else could also feel. They are, of course, not the same person and therefore feel differently and comparing would only belittle what they’re going though.

Anyway, Remember Me has some levity in it. This would mainly be between Tyler and Ally as they grow into a loving couple. One of the best scenes is when they have dinner at Tyler’s place and they are cleaning dishes. There is a moment that is not clichéd because Ally speaks about what would have been. She does something out of the ordinary. Any other pleasant moments seem to be the calm before the storm and there are a few storms. That mirrors life as most of us know it. Some people, however, have thunder storms or even hurricanes after calm. A family that loves one another is structured to withstand any weather.

Robert Pattinson was nothing like his character in Twilight. Not only that, he was able to show he can act. Though he was still brooding and dark, it wasn’t the same kind. There were subtle differences, especially in how he treated women. Pierce Brosnan (who played Charles Hawkins—the father) did a very good job. He provided a powerful look at a father that felt more on the inside. The hiding of emotion is tricky because it’s far different than the lack of emotion. Brosnan had to show that he was making an effort to hid emotion and he did a very good job.

It is 1 hour and 53 minutes. Normally this would have me squirming but it worked for Remember Me. They methodically paced the film. It was structured so that one would get the sense of how two families worked and why. So when the good inoffensive ending rolled around it would stick in people’s minds long after they’ve seen the film. It worked on me; I’ll never forget that ending. I think it’s one of the better endings I’ve seen in a while and if anyone disagrees with that—well, I’ll surely argue how right I am until you give up and walk away.

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