It’s been a long while people, probably too long. So much as happened over the last 8 months or so since I’ve posted on here. Sometimes you just loose touch and focus on other things in life; unfortunately this is was not one of those things. It’s amazing though how I still get email’s about people following my blog which makes me happy. I know that this blog needs a serious overhaul with updating pages and whatnot; just do not expect that to happen right away. So, despite all the life changes that have been happening, I give you a movie review! I don’t know if this will be a a constant weekly blog again, but while it’s in my head I might as well dish it out.
Mr. Nobody (2013) was a film I’ve been hankering to watch since I first heard about its release last year. Although I am unfamiliar with Jaco Van Dormael’s films, the concept seemed interesting enough to merit my viewership. I’ve always been into strange, trippy and far out there films. For me, as I’m sure it is for many, they always seem to carry a strange sense of morality and underlying answer to the mysteries of the universe. Even if we never fully understand it’s hidden agenda, these films always seem to stir the dust filled backs of our minds to think outside the box and maybe stray away from the normalcy of society.
This film follows a fellow known as Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto) who appears to be the last mortal man on earth. The last remaining days of his life are being documented by now immortal humans who seem interested to know all there is about the last mortal man to ever live. Unfortunately for them, Mr. Nemo’s memory is scattered and detached from any straight lined path. His interviews with doctors begin to patch together a somewhat thought out puzzle of his life, observing the incredible decisions he has or hasn’t made and how those decisions have impacted one mans life.
Nemo Nobody has a very normal origin story, the soul or idea (whatever the viewer would like to believe he was) who decides to experience life. He chooses his starting point and begins to grow into the man he would become, but nothing in life is ever so cut and dry. Upon his parents divorce, Nemo is faced with a difficult decision; should he live with his mom and move to the US or stay in in the UK with his father? This ultimate decision is what creates a tapestry of events that all come down to this one single moment in time. Does he go to the US, watch his mother re-marry, fall in love with his step sister and spend the rest of his life trying to find her again when his mother’s 2nd marriage falls apart? Does he stay with his father, who after suffering from a stroke, is forced to relay on his son who sacrifices everything for him until he meets a girl and by chance, falls in love with her? If that girl accepts him will he finally be happy or will he become obsessed with keeping an almost out of this world promise that he would lay her to rest on the surface of Mars…
There is so much to explain and so little that this blog should reveal. The truth of the matter is, this movie will keep your mind heightened with possibilities. The theme of ‘What If…” is something that haunts many of us today. The thought of how our lives might have been if we decided to do things differently; to say no to that strange guy who asked you out on a date, to go with the green dress instead of the blue…all these questions will never be answered in the reality we have created for ourselves. This film allows us to see our own possibilities unfold. In a way, you might think to yourself, “That could have been me…” Besides the pulsating theme of uncertainty, this film does not leave it’s viewer in total darkness. In one of Nemo’s life lines/dreams/realities he is a television host of a informational show about the realm of possibilities. He explains the science and the thought that goes into explaining something’s we will never know or fully understand. So despite the feeling of being constantly tossed around, the film also brings you back to look at the grand scheme of things allowing you to focus and stay on track…for the most part.
Overall this film was everything and interesting. The acting was not what I call the best but believable. Visually it was stunning to see all the different realities created for this one character to live though. Leto was the perfect choice of focus; the only other actor I can see pulling a film like this off would be Ryan Gosling. Leto was incredible in producing a number of transformations and personalities for the audience to witness. More props go to the child actors who played the younger versions of Nemo. They set the playing field for who he was to become and how we might imagine him to be.
For all the out of this world film lovers out there, you would most likely place this film on your list. It’s definitely not a cut and dry piece of cinema so make sure your mind is ready to process all the scenarios being presented to you. At times it did seem a little drawn out, like they were pulling at things that would not really matter, but the funny thing is you don’t know if any of it mattered at all. The ending was a little ‘eh’ in packing a powerful punch. This is a film that’s hard to end on any sort of note without being a tad disappointing.
Overall Munky Rating: B+