Last night I watched the DVD of the movie “Memento”. I was really psyched because I had heard so many over-the-top-great reviews of it and even how it inspired a fan club.
What is the big deal? I don’t get this movie, not only in the purest sense of “not getting”, but I simply don’t get why it has inspired the adulation that it has.
(POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD)
So it’s backwards. Big whoop. If the same story had been told normally (forwards) it would be the most standard of crime thrillers. Not to mention that if this guy’s last memory is of him and his wife being attacked, how does he remember he has this short-term memory loss? That was never adequately explained (and the “Sammy” tattoo just doesn’t explain it) how does that trigger a memory in him that according to him, he shouldn’t be able to form? A plot hole that pretty much unravels the movie, if you ask me. And the backwards sequence doesn’t go back far enough to really explain what happens. Throughout the movie it makes you think that Teddy was the killer/rapist, then he wasn’t, then maybe Carrie Ann Moss just sent him on a revenge mission, and the last (first?) scene in the deserted warehouse does not cut it explanation-wise. And WHY does Leonard dress up in the dead drug-dealer’s suit and drive his Jaguar? To make himself MORE conspicuous to the police after he’d killed the dealer? Even with no memory, he ought to realize that is pretty stupid.
I certainly will not argue that Guy Pearce is an excellent actor, not to mention the fact that all those scenes of him with his clothes off were lovely eye candy. But to me this movie was nothing more than a gimmick, and a lazily executed one at that.
Explanations of key plot points are welcomed in the comments. Please do not tell me I am stupid or unimaginative. I honestly would like to know what I am missing.