Title: Memento Director: Christopher Nolan Year: 2000 Run time: 1 hr 53 mins
After watching The Prestige, we were pondering the career of Christopher Nolan and Memento came up in conversation. Mr C remembered it as being excellent and so it was never going to be long before we watched it. I knew nothing about it but was keen to be educated!
4:01 - Not sure how I feel about blonde Guy Pearce. 10:55 - Writing on your body is all very well, until you want to forget! 15:14 - I’m thinking that the list of facts didn’t need to be quite so big… could have fitted that on one arm. 19:06 - “Even if you get revenge, you’re not going to remember it.” 20:57 - Carrie-Ann looks pretty normal without harsh sunglasses and tight shiny black suits. 24:09 - Facts, not memories. That seems like a good motto. 27:22 - What are the chances of an insurance guy getting the same weird condition as one of his clients? 34:04 - “There are things you know for sure.” 37:29 - It’s a pretty big soliloquy he’s doing there, in the middle of the night, tucked up in bed. 42:00 - That’s an unexpected benefit to having a friend with short term memory loss. You’d only need to know one good joke. 47:37 - Well at least he hasn’t managed to get tattoos on his bum. 51:27 - He’s got some tricks up his sleeve, even if he can’t remember them all the time. 57:16 - I’m confused why he’s on the phone in the black and white bits. He doesn’t like the phone. 1:00:17 - That is a slight issue with the tattoo process, not easy to rectify mistakes. 1:10:48 - The “Never answer the phone” bit is properly spooky. 1:24:51 - I’m liking Natalie less and less the more I know her. 1:31:57 - Sometimes when Guy talks he sounds just like Hugh Jackman. It must be an Australian being American thing. 1:38:02 - Memory man. Like the complete opposite of Rain man.
It took me a little while to get into the storytelling - not because it was backwards, but the delineation between the black and white bits and the colour. It was a really fascinating way to gradually reveal the story, particularly when we started to learn about Sammy Jankis and get more of the backstory on that. I like the twist, but I did think it was a bit of a weird ending, and I was left wondering what he was going to do after the end(/beginning).