The host of the Just Jot It January challenge asked for daily word prompt suggestions. I was scrolling through Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day website at the time and memento jumped out at me. I suggested that and it was chosen for the inspiration for today’s post!
One might think that memento would urge me to write about an object obtained in my travels or from someone I care/d about, but nay. The first thing that popped into my head was a movie, and that’s making me revisit my infrequent Movie Monday series. YAY!
Memento (2000) is a movie by Christopher Nolan. It’s about a guy with amnesia trying to figure out what happened/is happening to him through photographs and tattoos. Part of the movie happens forward; the other part happens backwards. ‘Tis just the first foray into the wonderfully weird and intricate world of this unique filmmaker. Ever since that film, I’ve made sure I’ve seen films he has directed (except Dunkirk — historical flicks just aren’t my thing).
One of my other favorite Nolan films is Inception. That flick stars Leo DiCaprio as a guy who steals things by invading people’s subconscious and it just gets weirder — and more fascinating! — from there. I’ve seen it several times and there is still great debate on what the final scene actually means. Nolan to this day tries to keep the ending ambiguous and I think that’s fun.
A surprise addition to my favorite movies list comes courtesy of Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. It’s all about The Batman — the reboot starring a mumbling, yet effective Christian Bale. My favorite of the three films in the series is The Dark Knight, the second flick of the trilogy, which focuses on Batman and The Joker (Heath Ledger). I. Love. This. Movie. And I love how, to me, Batman and The Joker are two sides of the same coin. Both had tragedy in their young lives and look how they view life as adults. (And ya know, sometimes, The Joker speaks the truth, like when he says, “You know, the thing about chaos… it’s fear.”) The film asks along the way who is really good and who isn’t, among other things. A lot of the plot comes from the comics, but I think a lot of Nolan’s arranging of (and additions to) the material elevates it. I wasn’t much of a comic book movie watcher before Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. If he does more in the genre, I’d watch, though.
Movie Monday usually focuses on recently seen flicks, but this is an exception, provided by today’s prompt in Just Jot It January. As is tradition, though, I shall rate each of the flicks I’ve mentioned. I give Memento and Inception 3 stars out of 4, and The Dark Knight gets 3.75 out of 4. Christopher Nolan spends a lot of time examining the mind and I like watching the results of his mind at work.