“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.

My Top 10 Love Movies

Gone for too long!  Well I better make up for lost time then!  What better way to kick things off than to start off with my top 10 “love” movies in no particular order.  Just a few comments on why I like these movies, but far from a thorough synopsis of each movie.

1. Fools Rush In – There are signs everywhere to help you find your way.

2. Titanic – Classic romance movie, timeless.

3. Dirty Dancing – Ok, sure it’s cheesy when you watch it as an adult, but this was my favorite as a young girl.  And of course, it would be incomplete if I didn’t say this: “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”

4. GHOST –  Two words: Unchained Melody.

5. While You Were Sleeping – Life works in mysterious ways, and this movie is a good example with a few laughs thrown in there too.

6. Mrs. Winterbourne – Yes, Rickie Lake acts.  I can’t deny that there is a special spot in my heart for this movie.  As I said before, life works in mysterious ways.

7. A Walk to Remember – This movie is unexpectedly sweet and charming.  Favorite scene: Landon (West) fulfills Jamie’s (Moore) wish to be in 2 places at once (Jamie opens her eyes to find herself straddling the state line).

8. The Notebook – About losing and finding the love you thought was gone forever; second chances that could mean losing everything or gaining everything, if you choose to follow your heart.

9. A Lot Like Love – Because life changes so much, and only a few things or certain people remain constant within it.

10. The Bridges of Madison County – Save the best for last?  An extremely beautiful story about love and sacrifice.  “I realized that love won’t obey our expectations.  Its mystery is pure and absolute.”

These are just some of my favorite love movies.  I’m not too big on love movies, but I have my picks.  And yes, I’m aware I don’t have Casablanca or Gone with the Wind on here.  🙂