prince0gotham wrote:Memento is the most coherent movie in the last 15 years, if not even 20 probably. You can't call it incoherent simply because there is stuff that was left unclear for you. I've seen it 20 times and still can't put the whole thing together, maybe because the movie's purpose is to do exactly that. To shatter your perception of time and let you live in the perpetual present (something that's been said about patience with anterograde amnesia, them living in something of a perpetual present, not knowing exactly what comes after what).
It's amazing how the laws of causality have not been touched in the slightest with this movie while everything else, although following a strict formula, feels scrambled when the movie ends. I mean it doesn't matter if you learn the formula and are able to tell someone what it actually is. After the movie finishes you're still not able to order it in your head. You remember moments but not their place. Most of all you remember some of the beginnings of some segments. The ends and the beginnings are usually quite memorable (which ironically is exactly the moment where and when Leonard forgets) but you remember the beginnings (nevermind that each beginning is another segment's end) because they make a stronger impression.
After more than 20 viewings I still take time to (when asked) figure out if Lenny had sex with Natalie in the middle of the movie, or the third quarter or fourth or second. Also ironically I seem to remember the colored segments (the one that are backwards) better. They have more action and the BnW ones are manily narration anyway.
The whole movie is a subjective experiment with the viewer and that's its exact purpose so 'confusing' yes, 'incoheren't no.
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