SPOILER ALERT!! I can't wait any longer to post my thoughts on Remember Me, so if you haven't seen the movie yet, STOP READING!!
I've read so many reviews since yesterday, and I can't believe there are that many idiots who get paid to review movies. The main problem seems to be the ending. Some people actually believe that Summit or someone else changed the ending to 9-11 to get more of a response from the audience. I'm not high on Summit right now (if you don't know why, then you haven't been reading my blog) but I do know they didn't change the ending to exploit 9-11 and elicit a more emotional ending. If I am remembering all of the stories from the past year or so, wasn't this ending in the original screenplay?
Ugh. Reviewers always piss me off when they have no clue what they are talking about. I see a lot of comparisons to 'Love Story', which I am conflicted about, mostly because with 'Remember Me' we weren't ALL prepared for a love story with death as the ending. And the death is not the important message in 'Remember Me'. It's that you never know what's going to happen, and that you need to live life to the fullest. If you feel something, say it. If you want something in life, go for it. "Live in the Moments"
I am so tired of people always comparing Robert's characters to 'Edward'. It seems these reviewers brought their preconceived notions and their 'Twilight' hate into this movie. I saw no resemblance to 'Edward' at all. 'Tyler' was very emotional, it was not just stares and angst, and I hope I never again hear someone compare Robert's performance to James Dean.
And anyone who has a problem with Robert's hair needs to get over it already.
I am rambling, but I am aggravated and trying to get all of my thoughts unscrambled and into coherent sentences. Below you will find my 'original' review that I wrote immediately after seeing 'Remember Me.'
My husband and I went to see "Remember Me" on Saturday, March 11, 2010. Sadly, there were only 12 people in the theatre. I thought there would be more than that!!
I think Robert did an terrific job portraying Tyler. The character of Tyler feels real - more real than Edward does. There are a variety of emotions displayed and Robert gives an excellent performance. I can't wait to see his future films.
I loved his roommate, Aiden. Yes, he was shallow, but a lot of young 20-somethings are the same way. He really did care about the people in his life. I love the shot of him in the classroom at the end of the movie. I want my own 'Tyler' tattoo!!!
I was prepared to not like Ally, but I found myself liking her, and rooting for her and Tyler. She seemed a little sheltered at the beginning of the movie, which made her moving out of her father's house a little out of character.
Tyler's little sister was terrific. Robert did a great job being all big-brotherly. They are 10 years apart, so they actually have affection between them instead of the usual fighting between siblings that are closer in age.
I am assuming Tyler's dad become so cold and seemingly uncaring as a way to distance himself and protect himself from more hurt. In his eyes, 'taking care' of Tyler and his little sister means nothing more than making sure they are 'provided for'. But he doesn't give them his time or attention, which is what Tyler resents so much. I loved the second time his dad bailed him out of jail. It seemed his dad was starting to loosen up a bit, and Tyler got a little glimmer of hope in reconnecting with his dad. And then when Tyler sees the photos on his dad's computer it makes him realize that his dad really does care.
Ally's dad is a character that really gets little development. I am assuming they meant for him to be overprotective and overbearing. But he really came off as controlling and abusive. I understand how he could worry about Ally not coming home when she was supposed to, he probably thought something bad had happened to her (like what happened to his wife). But his overreactions really made him look like an ass.
As with most movies, one can always find flaws - continuity errors, editing problems, scenes that seem out of place, actions that are out of character. I choose not to dwell on the small things with 'Remember Me', but instead focus on the overall effect and feel of the movie.
Right now, most critics and a lot of reviews are negative because of the movie's ending. I don't feel that it's the studio's fault for the ending. It was written that way. I don't feel it was a ploy to wring as many emotions as possible from the viewers. It wouldn't have had the same impact if he had died another way. (Then it would have just been another Nicholas Sparks movie, and I think everyone knows how much I HATE those!!!!!!)
Overall I really liked 'Remember Me.' I would recommend that everyone see it. I would actually love to see it again at the theatre, but I will probably end up waiting for it on DVD.