WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD
We came, we saw, we conquered. Remember Me, that is. Our attempts at watching this movie yesterday was thwarted by 50 mph gusts of winds, shitty audio and pimply boys. This time around Snarkier Than You wore her lucky Twitarded shirt and low and behold, we finally got to see Remember Me for the second time.
As I've said before, I didn't like this movie. Upon second viewing I would say that statement has changed but only slightly. I still don't like the film, but I didn't come away with the same bitter feeling that I had the first time I saw it.
That being said - Robert Pattinson can act. Now, we've questioned Robert Pattinson's acting ability more than once on this blog and my first thought after viewing Remember Me today was "Phew! The boy really can act!" I truly think that RPattz did a decent job in this movie as the angsty, anger-filled Tyler Hawkins. He was a believable character.
However, Remember Me really just didn't "do it" for me. The story sort of plodded along, leaving a steady streak of tragedy in its wake. It didn't really captivate me and, while I loved some of the characters (Caroline and Aidan stole the show for me), I didn't particularly find anything terribly interesting about the two main characters. Believable, yes. Would I actually want to know them? Nope.
Here's the thing - if Remember Me was just another love story that ends tragically, it probably wouldn't have elicited such a knee-jerk negative reaction out of me. I would have watched it as I nibbled on my pretzel bites, felt a twinge of sorrow when fate inevitably delivers it's killing blow and then went about my merry way.
But Remember Me wasn't just a love story. They had to go and end it with the September 11th terrorist attacks and that took a big giant shit all over the movie. Remember Me was not a movie about September 11th until the last ten minutes. Then it suddenly, and wholly, transforms into a 9/11 movie. I'm sure this was not the intention of the writers but at the end of the day, Remember Me was simply not strong enough to stand above it's own final moments.
And it kind of pissed me off.
I will concede that they were at least tasteful about the ending (if a plane had shown up on the screen, I would have had a meltdown) but I feel like they used that tragedy to get one last giant emotional pull from the audience. It was a big, swift kick to the emotional nuts. It was like that one last forceful jerk on your heartstrings, in case the whole damn movie didn't do the job. It was the equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel... with an AK 47. I did think the ending was wholly unnecessary and a little exploitative. I'm not mad that they used 9/11 - I'm disappointed that they didn't use it right.
For the sake of full disclosure, I have to admit that perhaps I feel... very strongly when it comes to the subject of September 11th. I think even Snarkier Than You was a bit surprised when I finally admitted how difficult it was for me to watch the movie not just once, but twice. I don't normally wear my heart on my sleeve but this is the one topic that will evoke very strong emotions in me.
I've read all of your comments and I know that most of you don't agree with my opinion on this flick, specifically the ending. The beauty of any art form is that it is open to interpretation and, at the very least, Remember Me is given us all a lot to discuss. I'm a fan of discussion.
I do not think that 9-11 should ever be forgotten. And I think for many, forgetting is an impossibility. That tragedy is a constant, albeit quiet, whisper in the back of my mind nearly every time I step off the train in New York Penn Station and see the National Guard with their big ass guns and dogs wandering around. I sometimes look at my fellow commuters and wonder if they were there, and if they still think about the coworkers and friends they have lost. I know that I can not ever forget that day. When I first took the job in the city, I discussed with both ML and my parents what course of action I would take if something ever happened and I couldn't come home. It wasn't an easy conversation, needless to say.
There are times when I look at the skyline, and realize with a small pain in my heart that this "new" skyline, the one with the gaping hole where the towers once stood, has now become the familiar view to me.
I don't think we should ever forget September 11, 2001. It would be a great disservice to all who have lost their lives and the loved ones they've left behind. But I don't think that "Remember Me" is up to the task of properly memorializing the events of that day.