“Remember Me” — Actually I Just Want to Forget

I have to say that the first time I saw a preview for Remember Me, I was completely under the impression that the movie was going to be one of those love-changes-your-life kind of movies.  The movie that teaches the audience that two lovers can meet in life’s most awkward, tragic, and happy moments.

Did I enjoy it?  Just a mediocre love story, if you even want to call it a love story.  Remember Me was clearly marketed as a romance/love film, and while there certainly were parts of the movie that showed love developing between Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin) and Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson), the movie still managed to fall short.  The focus seemed to be more on Hawkins’ life, and love just seemed like a minor addition to the story line.  What seemed like a movie with all the aspects of a drama/love just weren’t pulled together as nicely as it probably was in thought.

For me, the real turnoff had to have been the whole mood of the movie.  Flat out depressing. From the beginning to end, I wasn’t sure if the movie was about two people finding love, or if it was to make a point that life is rough with bad things happening to everyone all the time.  I swear I found myself unintentionally anticipating something bad happening with every new scene.  It was just hardship after hardship.  There is a very fine line between empowering a love story through traumatic events and the overuse of traumatic events.  Remember Me definitely tried to build up the love story around some of life’s harder moments, but it was a little excessive to where it just made the movie depressing.  Let’s just put it this way, I left the movie theatre that day feeling like I had stepped out of a black hole.

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