Memento, Night at the Museum 3, and Watchmen

From Family Fun to Twilight Treats

This was a very strange and hectic week for me. While I was enjoying my film-watching early on, I began the realise the tidal wave of work was ready to hit me as that time came again: school-time.

It’s strange to think that it will be my final time that I return to school. After these five weeks, I am (finally) free of the groggy early mornings, stress of ever-looming exams, and generally having your hand held through most of your life.

But enough of these thoughts! We are here because of films! While the final back-to-school rush put the movies on pause, I managed to sneak in a few before I was back in my school uniform for the final time. Here’s what I watched this week:

Memento

QUICK SYNOPSIS: Leonard Shelby has anterograde amnesia: he can’t retain any new memories due to an injury during a home invasion that killed his wife. This is the last thing he remembers, and with the help of Polaroid photos, notes, and tattoos for keeping clues, he tries to figure out who killed his wife.

Ah, Christopher’s second and breakthrough feature with innovative story-telling and interesting characters. Yes, this is the first time I’ve watched this film, and apart from my brother blurting out the major twist at the end of the movie, it was a great watch!

The interesting way that the story is told is that half the story is in reverse order, and the other part is in chronological order, but takes place before the reverse order bit, with each clip alternating between these two lines of the story… sounds confusing, but comes off well, as you are in a state where you are like Leonard: you have no idea what has happened beforehand.

While this means a second viewing wouldn’t really work, and even though some points of the story seem there only to fill in time, the film is a stunning piece of art.

VERDICT: 9.5/10 – Mind-bogglingly brilliantly.

“We all lie to ourselves to be happy.” – Leonard Shelby

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

QUICK SYNOPSIS: Larry Daley returns for the third and final instalment of the Night at the Museum franchise, with the tablet that brings the museum to life slowly corroding, effectively killing the museum. The only way to find the cure is to travel to the British Museum to find Ahkmenrah’s parents who know the secrets of the tablet.

I don’t really have much to say about this film. While I enjoyed watching this with my family, laughing gaily at the adventures of the wax exhibits, there’s nothing that makes this film “special”. While there was a lot more to marvel at with twice the amount of exhibits, and performances from Rebel Wilson, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, and Steve Coogan were pretty good, the dialogue did seem forced and there were some really awkward moments that should not be comedic (no-one wants to see Ben Stiller make-out with a monkey).

VERDICT: 5/10 – Generic family film.

Merenkahre: You are speaking to the Pharaoh. Kiss my staff!

Larry Daley: Oh, uh… is it okay if I don’t?

Watchmen

QUICK SYNOPSIS: It’s 1985, and Richard Nixon is still in power. After the rise of masked superheroes in the 40s, Nixon has now banned vigilantes, and the USA and Soviet Russia are on the brink of a nuclear warfare. When it is discovered a murdered man was one of these superheroes (The Comedian), it opens up a can of worms that could change the world.

This film was like a roller-coaster to me. One minute, I loved it and the next, I found it tedious and boring. Staring with the plus points, the artsy title sequence was great, and the fight scenes were very Zack Snyder-esqe, which I enjoyed.

However, there almost seemed to be too much going on. I would have preferred to focus on some other characters more (Rorschach is just plain awesome) rather than trying to think about what’s going on with each character. I have a feeling this film was made more for the people who had already read the comic, which just made it more confusing for me.

However, I would have to say I overall enjoyed the movie. Looking for a gory neo-noir superhero movie with a grand plot that will kill millions of innocents? Look no further.

VERDICT: 7/10 – A long, but enjoyable journey.

“None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with *ME*!” – Rorschach.

Vinci

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