For this week's journal we were assigned to watch a movie from a preselected list and to answer some questions to help us dive deeper into thinking about this movie. After we finished answering the questions we were to create a graphic that would explain the movie without telling the full story. For my movie I selected Memento directed and written by Christopher Nolan. This movie was crazy and at first confusing but the ending hits you like a train. The graphic I created represents Leonard putting together information that may not fit properly because it’s a little distorted. I also used a trick from the film with the "black and white" vs. "color". I mainly used the crop tool to insert pictures that I retrieved from IMDB and also created the blood stains from a tool I downloaded off a Adobe Website to really play up the theme of "Murder" that was constantly a struggle in this movie between characters. If you haven't seen this movie don't read the questions below before watching!
This project took me around 7 hours to complete including the 2 hours to watch the movie!
Some of the scenes are shot in color and some in black-and-white. What does this indicate?
Black and white scenes are when Leonard is waking up or telling the story of which he doesn’t remember things. These are also the scenes that tell the story of Sami Jenkins.
At what point to the black-and-white and color merge together and what does this indicate?
The movie pieces that are in black and white are going from past to present while the color portion of the movie is going from present to past. It catches up with the beginning of the story with him finding out the truth and showing where the past and present cross paths after he finishes his story about Sami.
What has Teddy done to Leonard that prompts him to write “don't believe his lies” on the polaroid?
Teddy tells Leonard that the story he tells everyone about Sami Jenkins is actually what happened to Teddy after the initial accident. In my opinion what really set Leonard off is when Teddy tells him that it was actually Leonard’s doing that killed his wife by injecting her with all the insulin. He also confesses that his name is John G, which matches the name of what Leonard had been searching for, but in the end it wasn’t the actual guy that raped and attempted to kill Leonard wife that we seem murdered at the end, it was a guy that Teddy wanted dead to get money from.
What is the disheartening truth about what is really going on?
The disheartening truth is that Leonard had already murdered the guy that raped and attempted to murder his wife years ago but can’t remember and Teddy used that to his advantage to kill off people he that he wanted to but was unable to due to him being a cop.
What effect do the flashbacks have on your sense of what is happening?
The flashbacks really play with your mind because you can’t really trust what everyone is saying. Christopher Nolan did a really good job of making you feel like you were waking up with Leonard questioning where you were and feeling lost about the events that happened just minutes ago.
How does the film make you call into question the reliability of Leonard’s memory as well as your own memory?
I think a quote that Leonard says that has really stood out from this movie and answers the reliability of memory simply is “We all lie to ourselves to be happy.”
Who is in the mental institution? Are you sure?
The person that is in the mental institution is Leonard. After looking up the most memorable parts from this movie I found an article about a piece of the movie that would be easy to miss if you’re unaware of what’s happening. When Leonard is telling about Sami being in the mental institution a person walks by a frame of Sami sitting alone in a chair and after that person exits the frame Sami is replaced by Leonard. This is such an amazing tool to really just make the audiences say, “What was that?”
How does Leonard use his own memory tools to manipulate himself?
In the end we figure out why the movie started with Leonard killing off Teddy especially after questioning the whole time when it seems like Teddy is only there to help Leonard. The end tells us that Leonard starts tricking himself into thinking that Teddy is the person that he is after because Teddy tricked him into killing one person (or more who knows) and Leonard really doesn’t like that so that’s when he starts getting tattoos and going after Teddy.