I just watched Memento for the first time. I’m still sitting here trying to wrap my head around it.
I’m not sure what I was doing in 2000, when Memento was released, but somehow I completely missed its arrival in theaters.
Then, somehow, I kept missing it for 15 years after.
I saw it in my DVD collection, shamefully still wrapped in plastic. I skimmed past it when it showed up on Netflix, adding it to my queue, but never taking the time to press play. Each time I’d see it, I’d think, maybe I should watch it.
Ultimately, it was the announcement last week that there was going to be a remake of the groundbreaking film, and the resounding, expletive laden “NO” coming from the internet that finally forced me sit down and watch it.
Don’t ask me why this is what finally convinced me to watch Memento, because I can’t explain it either.
What I can say is this: from the opening scene, played in reverse, to the final shot of Guy Pierce skidding to a halt in front of the tattoo parlor, I was enthralled.
Who would have thought that a movie like Memento would work? This is a movie where half of the story is moving backwards, while the other half is moving in the right direction, with scenes leapfrogging each other, finally intersecting at the end.
What really has me confused is trying to figure out how Christopher Nolan wrote this. I know it’s based on his brother, Jonathan’s, story called Memento Mori. But did he write out the the entire story in sequence, and then scramble it? Or did he write it out exactly as it played out in the movie?
I can’t imagine the late nights and headaches the script must have caused. I know I could take a lesson from the Nolans.
I really hope this rumored remake is abandoned like so many other stories in Hollywood. Some things are better left alone.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to dive back into my shame pile.