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What I generally look for in a good movie is character development. If
nothing changes in the characters' personalities, I have trouble enjoying
the film, as it loses a certain sense of realism. One method of character
development that I particularly enjoy is that of the "revealing" method,
finding out more about a person's personality by being shown information.
Many people mention The Usual Suspects when reviewing Memento and I can't
help using it as well. This method of character development is used very
well in that movie also, in the twist at the end. I felt that Leonard's
character developed extremely well in that we were shown bits of his
personality at a time and it was not until the end that we found out what he
was truly all about. *Spoiler comment at end*
This film, with its memory-troubled main character, reminded me of a sub-plot in the Kurt Vonnegut novel, The Sirens of Titan, in which the main Character, Malachi Constant, must endure repetitive memory wipes, only knowing what is going on by re-reading a series of notes that he writes to himself.
I was going to mention something else about Memento, but I forgot it. Maybe I should have written myself a note.
***Spoiler comment below***
I really enjoyed the sequence of shots in which Leonard realizes that he's crazy and consciously decides to prolong his fictitious search by leaving himself a note that is, in effect, a lie. The idea of lying to oneself brings up entirely new issues of paranoia that I thoroughly dig.
Will have to count next time i see it, the number of times that Teddy tries to get the keys to Leonard's car. I think it may be as many as six.
small plot hole, the Jaguar's car alarm goes off when the window is shot, but the alarm had not been armed.