Memento Movie Essay On Malcolm

Memento the Movie Essay

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In the film Memento, written by director Christopher Nolan, the main character Leonard Shelby, is a confused and damaged man that wants the revenge for the murder of his wife. We can say that Lenny lives in his own world uniquely different from everyone else. The reason for this is his inability to store short term memory and convert into long term memory. This disability renders Lenny’s life into a repeatable lifestyle and has to start from scratch about every 15 minutes. The only source he has is to go back to is his notes and tattoos he discovers every morning on his body. It seems as though he only has his past memories but the only memories we learn about in the movie is about Sammy Jenkins and the murder of his wife. I think that…show more content…

Since they fill up his mind with many lies, his whole world is a big lie.
The things that Lenny knows about his world is the kind of certainties that people take for granted, like objects that your memory recognized right away. In this quote, Lenny decribes how his memory plays a big role on how he knows some objects and how we take that for granted. “Leonard Shelby: I know what that's going to sound like when I knock on it. I know that's what going to feel like when I pick it up. See? Certainties. It's the kind of memory that you take for granted.” He also does know everything thing that happened with his wife. He flashes back in a few segments and replays everything that happened when his wife dies. Lenny remembers past memories about his world like it happened yesterday. He remembers Sammy Jenkis with his condition and can’t seem to forget him. I found a good quote that Lenny says. It describes his own world and how he feels about it. Leonard Shelby: “I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still there. Do I believe the world’s still there? Is it still out there?… Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no

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It sounds clueless and blinkered to compare the vibrant new comedy "Dope," set in multicultural Inglewood southwest of LA, to the extremely white 1983 film "Risky Business."

But wait. The filmmaker, writer-director Rick Famuyiwa, is the first to refer to his movie as "'Risky Business' for the social-media generation." Producer Mimi Valdes, also quoted in the production notes, adds that its focus is "black nerds in the 'hood. Why hasn't anyone shown that part of the culture before? Here's an opportunity to show a black kid who is super smart, trying to get into Harvard, acing his SATs, liking tech stuff and hip hop music and rock bands and grunge. We've never seen that character in the movies." Maybe so. We're certainly not likely to hear a better movie soundtrack in 2015.

Famuyiwa has been around a while and his best work, such as the screenplay for the Don Cheadle vehicle "Talk to Me," indicates a voice deserving of wider recognition. A hit at both Sundance and Cannes film festivals earlier this year, "Dope" borrows from all over, guided by its protagonist's obsession with '90s music and fashion.

Malcolm, played by tall, serene Shameik Moore, is a graduating high school senior who lives with his bus driver mother (Kimberly Elise). His father, Nigerian-born, came in and out of their lives quickly, and Malcolm's only meaningful memento of the man is a copy of his favorite movie: "Superfly," the one about the drug-dealing antihero.

This is no casual detail, for the events of "Dope" send Malcolm and his best friends into a criminal and lucrative orbit not unlike the milieu of "Superfly." At a nightclub birthday party thrown by drug dealer Dom (A$AP Rocky), guns are pulled and bodies fall and Dom's stash of "Molly" gets stashed in Malcolm's backpack. Malcolm realizes this when the drug-sniffing security dogs at his school start growling. From there "Dope" becomes a survival comedy, with Malcolm on the run, though there's a little romance between Malcolm and Dom's sometime squeeze (Zoe Kravitz, a strong screen presence).

Our hero's best friends are superbly cast. Diggy, out of the closet and ready for anything, is played by Kiersey Clemons. The one they call "Jib" is handled by Tony Revolori, a long way from his turn as Zero, the bellboy, in "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Not everything works in "Dope." Famuyiwa strains to make the scenes dependent on our understanding of a Bitcoin scam interesting. The scenes featuring the silky, Harvard-educated drug lord Jacoby are muddied by the monotonous, whispering Roger Guenveur Smith.

Small matters. The film moves fleetly and the technique, full of split-screen images and unpredictable flashbacks, pulses with life. The bright, hot cinematography, consistently expressive, is by Rachel Morrison. Music superstar Pharrell Williams executive-produced; Forest Whitaker narrates and also produced. The tone of "Dope" is very interesting — funny, but rarely stupid-funny. The film does not wear its serious observations, about aspirations and realities and hypocrisies of all kinds (not just racial), in a heavy fashion. Life in "The Bottoms," the neighborhood from which Malcolm wants out, may be dangerous but Famuyiwa presents it as part cautionary tale, part merry, cynical capitalist fable with a good-natured survivor at the center.

Phillips is a Tribune  critic.

mjphillips@tribpub.com

Twitter @phillipstribune

"Dope" - 3.5 stars

MPAA rating: R (for language, drug content, sexuality/nudity, and some violence — all involving teens)

Running time: 1:55

Opens: Thursday evening

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