• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Memento - Film Review

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Film Review Directed by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Guy Pearce Carrie-Anne Moss Joe Pantoliano Memento is an extremely unique 'film noir' drama directed by Christopher Nolan, famous for his recent re-birth of the Batman series and currently at the helm of the long awaited 'The Dark Knight'. Most of his films are difficult to put into a set genre, as they often contain elements of drama, horror, mysteries and action all at the same time. Since his directorial debut 11 years ago, Nolan has been heavily praised as a 'true visionary' and named 'one of the greatest intelligent directors of all time' by multiple critics, as well as being renowned for his efficiency and perfectionism both whilst filming, and in the editing room. It is no surprise then, that the content and style of Memento is so different to any other mainstream movie you might see this year. The film follows Leonard Shelby (portrayed by Guy Pearce), a man whose wife died after being raped when two men broke into his home, violating her and leaving him with an injury that causes anterograde amnesia. However, only one of the assailants involved is caught and arrested, causing Leonard to become a vigilante and avenge his wife, using notes and tattoos to help him track down the villain who killed her. ...read more.

Middle

It may take us a while to relate to the main character, as we first see him commit murder before we even hear him speak, but it's not long before we feel that we can be on his side. Leonard plays a complicated role, which is further complicated by both his condition and his actions that we don't always know about, but Guy Pearce fits the role majestically, and pulls off the frequent loss of memory with great finesse. Originally, Brad Pitt was considered for this role, but personally I'm glad he turned it down, as Pitt isn't known for roles like the disabled Leonard, and is instead renowned for anarchistic or secret agent-type parts, and although I would only want to praise his acting ability after seeing him in David Fincher's Fight Club, it may have been harder to take his character as seriously as Guy Pearce is able to bring the character to life. Joe Pantoliano stands out in his performance as Teddy, a police officer and seemingly the main character's friend, though Leonard has to be reminded of who he is every time they meet, as the director's first choice for this role he succeeds in showing his capabilities of feeling both pity and having to lie on screen at the same time, a great challenge for any actor. ...read more.

Conclusion

seen as anti-climatic, as it is only really the audience that really finds out what is going on, although it is likely that you'll be in so much of a shock at the twist revealed at the end and thinking about what has already happened that what happens next seems unimportant in comparison anyway. The movie is full of loving nods to other independent movies and isn't without its own dark, sometimes ironic sense of humour, which is injected at regular intervals and can help to push the film along. The film made an astonishingly large profit in both cinema and DVD sales, and continues to baffle even the sharpest critics today. It won no less than 40 different awards and was nominated for more than 30 on top of those, and currently has a place at #29 on the Internet Movie Database's top 250 films of all time, with over 180,000 voters from around the world. If you do get around to seeing this movie, it will be one that you want to see again, perhaps straight afterwards to fill in the clever blanks and notice the subtle allusions that the filmmakers have included to puzzle us the first time round. Whatever you make of it, and whether or not you understand it all at once, you'll probably find it hard to stop watching, and it's not a movie that you will soon forget. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe essays

  1. Tartuffe, a play by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere - review

    Nothing has ever made me feel more uncomfortable or scared in my entire life. This guy would be standing near my car and would just stare at me. He would stand by my classroom and would just stare at me.

  2. 300 Film Review

    I believe it is up to the audience to draw the line between 'entertainment' and political correctness, not the film itself, which is the way it should be. Even so, once you get past all the political and cultural waffle, Westerner and Iranian alike cannot deny this whole film is one massive adrenaline rush.

  1. Media Essay-Twilight Review

    It is the Cullen family/coven playing and so the characters are moving inhumanely fast. In one part of the scene, when Edward and Emmett jump and crash into each other, although it is actually happening very quick, it goes in slow motion, and shows every part of it, in detail.

  2. Crash the Film review

    Luckily Jamal is able to escape. Ludacris on the other hand is almost caught. At this point there has been a lot of intertwining in this scene. In the next scene we then see Jamal walking on his own trying to hitchhike a lift along an empty road.

  1. Changes in Macbeths character

    commits the crime and Duncan is announced dead, Macbeth will become a powerful and courageous hero, slightly ironic as this is what he was to begin with before the influence of greed, ambition and others got in the way. Macbeth proves further to the audience how corrupt his mind is as he continues the speech.

  2. media review

    Finally to finish off the evening this week's episode of the apprentice came on. They show you the recap of last weeks show and unusually two people got fired. 07969833232 This week the challenge was to hold two stalls at a wedding fair.

  1. Media studies- film comparison

    As the camera focuses on each character, we notice how high-spirited each of them are (with the exception of the owl). As dawn approached, all of the animals were awakened by the energetic young rabbit eager to find out what had happened.

  2. Invictus film review

    Even I can admit I shed a tear. It?s a scene to remember and brings hope to the destroyed country. Another rousing scene is the one in which the Springboks visit the prison Nelson Mandela had been confined to. Pienaar tries to imagine what life was like there, and on the soundtrack Mandela reads "Invictus?(which had sustained him

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work