The first thing that occurs to us watching this trailer is that it’s a whole lot like “Titanic”… except that the events unfold amid a traveling circus rather than upon a giant ocean liner. Depression-era setting? Check! Love triangle with beautiful woman, overbearing older lover and baby-faced younger suitor? Check! Climactic disaster providing the backdrop for the resolution of all things? Big-time check!
“Water for Elephants” is told in flashback by the 90-year-old version of Pattinson’s Jacob Janowski, who is taking stock of the experiences of his youthful travels with a Depression-era circus called “The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.” Witherspoon plays the object of Jacob’s desire Marlena Rosenbluth, an angelic circus performer with a strange talent for captivating horses — and, as it turns out, men. The only thing standing in the way of these two crazy kids getting together is, well, Marlena’s husband August (Christoph Waltz), a violent animal trainer and one hell of an inglorious bastard.
As in “Titanic,” R.Patz and R.With’s characters go ahead and get together anyway, with explosive results. And just when you think you know where the story is going, along comes the epic, catastrophic finale to throw you for a loop. But don’t worry — it has nothing to do with an iceberg, an ocean liner, a gargantuan diamond or a girl named Rose.
“Water for Elephants” is directed by Francis Lawrence of “I Am Legend” fame and hits theaters April 15.
WFE HG Trailer
WOW I can not wait for this movie !!
Official Poster & Logo
WFE Trailer Review
‘Water for Elephants’ trailer: Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon are magical
Whether you’re a Twihard with a life-sized Edward Cullen cut-out in your bedroom watching you sleep, or all things “Twilight” make you roll your eyes and stomp your feet, “Water for Elephants” will probably sway you over to Team Rob Pattinson pretty quick.
In the brand new trailer, Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon sparkle as Jacob (yeah, yeah, have a laugh) and Marlena, a vet and a performer traveling with the circus in the early 20th century. Their love story, told in flashbacks by Jacob at age 93 (Hal Holbrook), is complicated by her husband August (Christoph Waltz).
We’re already a little bit in love with the movie, just from the magical, cinematic feel of the trailer. The colors and the music are delightful, and we’re already looking forward to the performances. “Water for Elephants” is set for release on April 15, 2011. Will you be in line at the theater on opening night?
This is a review of a test screening of Bel Ami and keep in mind that critics aren’t usually nice about Rob or his movies. “Remember Me” got bad reviews too but most fans loved Robs performance .
I went to see Bel Ami at a test screening the other night in the darkened streets of Soho…OK, a swanky (yes I use that word, problem!?) hotel’s screening room.
The film based on French author Guy de Maupassant’s novel tells the story of Georges Duroy’s (Robert Pattinson…yes the vamp teen!) rise to power in the upper middle classes of late19th century Paris. Having spent his military service in Algeria George returns home near destitute. With the little money he earns, he frivolously succumbs to the more salubrious side of the capital’s nightspots and in particular to businesswomen of the night. Happily for him a chance encounter with an old army comrade – Charles Forestier (Philip Glenister, (yes, him off Life on Mars & Ashes to Ashes) sees his luck begin to change. His new life as a journalist on the newspaper Vie Francaise helped by Charles, who is the chief editor of the paper and his wife Madeline (Uma Thurman), the real power and talent behind the man. George meets and takes a married woman Clotilde de Marelle (Christina Ricci) for a lover and slowly but surely embroils himself into the lives of the rich and powerful. From here on George becomes increasingly amoral as he seduces and manipulates influential women to expand his power and wealth.
Ok so what did I think?
Well the 20something Pattison does fit the bill of the man George Duroy who women succumb too but in the end the character, much like the acting, is rather shallow, which of course author Guy de Maupassant knows, but the directors Declan Donnellan & Nick Ormerod fail to. The love interests are all superbly acted, as you would expect from such a trio, which also includes Kristin Scott Thomas. Colm Meaney is aptly aloof, superior and disdainful as Rousset and Philip Glenister puts in a memorable performance as Charles Forestier.
The subplot of the film, which is only touched upon in a few scenes, nods towards France’s impeding invasion of Morocco, which supposedly adds depth to the story and its characters. One problem I felt was that the balance of Bel Ami is wrong, in so much as the chance encounter with Charles happens so fast that you’re not given the opportunity to empathise with George.
The film runs like a class based Desperate Housewives yet is engrossing enough to follow but not to linger in your mind, unless you’ve been glamoured by Mr. P…yes yes he wont easily move away from the vamp tag yet. I do tip my hat to him for making an interesting choice albeit in a role I wished the producers had cast with a better actor, which would have made for a better review.
Maybe they were glamoured too – ‘leave it now mister!’
Finally – please remember this is a very early test screening and there will be changes made – I assume.
FYI: The name Bel Ami, which the daughter of his lover Clotilde bestows upon George, translates as ‘dear friend’ but is more akin to ‘lover’ especially in literature, so I’m informed.
Putting a finger on the nature of the appeal of Stephenie Meyer’s stories is difficult. Her characters are, when meant to be, so involving and communicative that they literally fly off of the pages. The plot, dialogue, settings, and every other ornate detail are so intricately and tediously woven together in this boldly unique mythology that the books are literally transformative and become a part of the reader. More over, Stephenie Meyer has a knack for never leaving behind the most humanistic element of people, whether those people are vampires, werewolves, or aliens . . . love.
Such is the case with her newest book, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella. With it, Meyer has effectively transformed a small, seemingly unimportant character from her prior work, Eclipse, into the newest set of lenses through which we see an intriguing portion of the Twilight Saga.
Bree Tanner takes us back to the story of Eclipse, only this time we’re reading from the perspective of Bree.
As she explains in her introductory materials to the text, Bree was a very tertiary character before, and the most we’d learned about her up until this novella was that she was an insatiable newborn who’d surrendered to the Cullens (though details were scarce on that encounter) but who was still doomed by the forces of law. The significance, it seemed, of Bree was that she was a looking glass for Bella’s self-expectations of her own future as a newborn.
What the Bree Tanner story has given us, though, is a world which is, in classic Stephenie Meyer fashion, eloquently connected to the story we already (in part) knew and yet still so new.
Without divulging too many details about the story (particularly since the biggest joy of reading it was experiencing the surprises of the tale first-hand), it should be said that even those Twilight fans who were on the fence about reading this – for the fact that it was about a character they’d never gotten the opportunity to care about – will love it.
It’s ladened with exciting mystery, clever intrigue, and a whole new look at some of our favorite characters from the Twilight series. Learning about the other side of the fight in Eclipse is but a portion of the treat offered here as we get to know just how Bree came to be in that clearing on that fateful day.
Some of the other characters we’d barely gotten to know come back in full view, and a few new, compelling people are brought to the fore as well. Most interestingly, the story provides a supple, unexpected ripple in the events of Eclipse that pieces together some unnoticed dangling ends and makes the story that much more solid.
Heartbreaking, exciting, and so invigorating, the story of Bree Tanner is a need-to-read for any Twilight fan.
We were given the opportunity to review the ‘Eclipse’ Soundtrack before it’s release date of June 8th, courtesy of Atlantic Records, Chop Shop Music and Summit Entertainment. Below is our song-by-song review of the ENTIRE soundtrack, including what scenes we predict they will be in, etc.
HERE WE GO!!! ( Also: there are some certain SPOILERS in there…)
1. Metric “Eclipse (All Yours)” – Very Catchy and lyrics that really mesh well with the presence of the movie. We believe this might be Bella’s theme for the movie. Placement might be found towards the end of the movie after all the fight scenes, etc.
2. Muse “Neutron Star Collision ( Love is Forever)” – Heidi & Lauren have been a HUGE Muse fans before the Twilight Saga threw them into ultra popularity domestically here in the US. So naturally, we were excited to see what they would bring the fans for this 3rd movie in the series. The sound is very reminiscent of their latest album, futuristic sounds with an 80’s pop feel to it with some Beethoven thrown in at the end. We can’t really see the song fitting in any particular scene, so it will probably be in the ending credits.
3. The Bravery “Ours” -This is a song that we can see fans rocking out to whether it be in their living room, seeing the band in concert or at a Twilight Convention. It’s tune is very energetic and could possibly be in the graduation scene or the graduation party at the Cullens.
4. Florence + The Machine “Heavy in your Arms”: LOVE LOVE LOVE! This song had us captivated from the very beginning and meshes well with the entire theme of ‘Eclipse’.Very edgy and has the undertones of Queen meets Evanescence meets Gospel-esque dramatic vocals. This song wins the award for “Most Likely to be on Repeat”.
5. Sia “My Love” – Initial reaction was that the beginning of the song sounded like background music that seamlessly moves with the movie. Fans might have seen it in a previous trailer or TV Spot. Could be featured in a meadow scene or after the proposal. Very instrumental and we feel it’s the Lykke Li “Possibility” of this Soundtrack.
6. Fan Farlo “Atlas” – Heavy drum beats meets ukulele. Not much to really describe about this song other than it was a catchy tune. We don’t have a particular scene that this would fit in.
7. The Black Keys “Chop and Change” – Our immediate thought was that this was what Muse’s song SHOULD have sounded like. Edgy beat that had a lead singer with a Bob Dylan like voice. Very short song compared to others.
8. The Dead Weather “Rolling in on a Burning Tire” – Definitely the theme song for the Newborns coming out of the water or Major Fight scene. Jack White reveals his geniusousness ( definitely NOT a word but just go with it) once again and Alison’s voice is very haunting yet appealing. Infectious beats with some of the oddest background sounds.
9. Beck and Bat for Lashes ” Let’s Get Lost”- Sounds like a remix of an early 90’s club beat song. Very catchy and reminds us of Thom Yorke with it’s roughness and eclectic beats. This is definitely an Edward and Bella song and we predict that it will be in the “Leg Hitch” scene.
10. Vampire Weekend “Jonathon Low”- Fans of Vampire Weekend will not be disappointed with the band’s contribution to this Soundtrack. They stay very true to their original sound but with softer lyrics. It has an upbeat feel with a Rock/Opera meets Italian “Night out on the town”.
11. Unkle “With You in My Head (featuring The Black Angels)” – Not a huge fan of this song. It reminds us of a 60’s Hawaii- 5-0 song with a slight Radiohead undertone.
12. Eastern Conference Champions ” A Million Miles an Hour” – Very reminiscent of Stone Temple Pilots. It’s catchy but only for transitional purposes somewhere in this movie. Again, not a huge favorite.
13. Band of Horses ” Life on Earth”- Overall it was a great song. Not a lot a lyrics, more of an instrumental sort of song. Nevertheless, we would have liked to have seen it more upbeat towards the end. Possible scene: When Jacob breaks all the bones in his body or just a Jacob song in general.
14. Cee Lo Green “What Part of Forever” – We love this song just as much as Florence + The Machine. It was refreshing to hear this song after a few low key SLOW songs. It’s a uniquely catchy and addictive song that fans will really appreciate and rock out to. It wins our award for “Most Surprising Song on the Soundtrack”.
15. Howard Shore “Jacob’s Theme”- This song’s basis is quite sad and heartbreaking, which could easily go along with Jacob’s feelings at seeing Edward and Bella together, etc. However, the song doesn’t stick out like Alexandre Desplat’s “The Meadow” from the ‘New Moon’ Soundtrack.
Overall it was a pretty good soundtrack, with some key artists and their respective songs that will make it memorable in most ways. However, it could have used more songs that sticks to the theme of “action-packed, mysterious and keeping the fans on their toes” that is ‘Eclipse’. We give it a solid B+ as an overall grading.
I had the opportunity to review The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack today, and I’ve got good news for Twilight fans looking forward to the album: it’s awesome.
As a bit of background, I want to say that I favored the Twilight soundtrack over the soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: New Moon for the simple fact that the Twilight soundtrack was more uni-directional. Granted, the New Moon soundtrack certainly provided some instant favorites (“Hearing Damage” being the foremost), but there was still something so honest about the Twilight soundtrack. I thought the New Moon soundtrack was a bit scattered at times.
However, it is the same penchant tendency that is attractive about the Eclipse soundtrack. In the album, there are a variety of sounds, but almost every title has its own redeeming feature.
For starters, the album is book-ended with two of the best songs on it. As the adage says “start strong, finish strong, and don’t forget the middle.”
The first song on the record is METRIC’s “Eclipse (All Yours).” This is, by far, the most memorable song of the several. Why? Because it’s a single, complete and purposefully so. The vocals are beautiful, as METRIC fans have come to know about the lead singer, and it has the quality of being a pop song that is also quite mellow and quaint.
You’ve already heard Muse’s scale-heavy ballad “Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)”, so you’ll know what to expect there. Same for Vampire Weekend’s “Jonathan Low.” Fanfarlo’s “Atlas,” though, which has been heard via live performance by some fans, is quite different in the recording. It’s still a fun song, no doubt, but the studio recording purveys the instrumental strength of the song much better than could be heard in the live recording.
There are a couple of songs on the album that seemingly fit together. Cee Lo Green’s “What Part of Forever” is more organic and folksy (at least initially) than you might’ve expected, but it fits cleanly with songs like Band of Horse’s “Life on Earth” (extremely consumable) and The Bravery’s “Ours” (which sounds a bit like something you’d have heard from The Killers a few years ago).
Others stand out, couriers of their own messages.
For instance, Florence and the Machine’s “Heavy in Your Arms” is, well, heavy. If you know Florence Welch’s music, you’ll get exactly what you expect with this one. Still, contrasted with the rest of the album, it holds its own torch.
The Dead Weather’s “Rolling in on a Burning Fire” was the one I was looking out for the most. The song is very consistent with their sound in the album “Horehound,” drawing in that same methodically languid flow. A very befitting contribution from this band but still quite distinct from some of the other music presented here.
One of the most surprising moments on the album came when it was Eastern Conference Champions (relatively unknown) who delivered the spooky sound you might be looking for in the Eclipse soundtrack. Their song “A Million Miles an Hour” is very rich in temperament.
The final song on the Eclipse soundtrack is Howard Shore’s “Jacob’s Theme.” This song gave me goosebumps. It is a gorgeous, lush piano number, and it serves as a wonderful introduction into what Twilight fans will likely hear with the Eclipse Score.
I think the difference between the Eclipse soundtrack and the New Moon soundtrack is that, with Eclipse, there is more room for a schism of tempos. To go from the very movement-oriented “Chop and Change” (by The Black Keys) to the minimalistic and sweet “My Love” (by Sia) is more palatable here because, frankly, the story warrants it more.
Over all, a very smart soundtrack with an enjoyable amount of layers.
As most of you know, a special screening of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was shown to Oprah’s audience members on Tuesday May 4, 2010. I was able to attend the screening. I don’t want to spoil too much, so I hope to make this review as spoiler free as possible. Now if you are trying to stay 100% spoiler free stop reading here, but if you want more, read on .
So that being said, what we DID see was 100% of the storyline. Let me reassure those of you who still doubt the romance of the film that it is there. It is so totally there! Every kiss you expect to see is there. Every moment of longing and confusion is there. From marriage proposals to leg hitches, it’s all there… and then some. The chemistry is hotter than ever. No need to worry about this side of the film.
Wolf pack fans, you get a treat, too. The scene that comes from chapter 11 of Eclipse (Legends) is very well done. Even though the CG on the wolves wasn’t finished, I felt there was more emotion and characterization in the wolves this time around than in New Moon. The new additions to the pack are played exactly as you expect. The crowd gave a sweet “awwww” when we first met Seth in the film. Booboo Stewart is so spot on Seth that you can’ t help but smile at him. Julia Jones is as bitter and edgy as Leah should be.
But I think the thing everyone will be talking about when they walk out of the theatre is the action. Action, action, action! Vampires being vampires and werewolves being werewolves. The action in the film rocks! It’s fast paced and intense. Yes, there is blood and the vampires die on film exactly as described in the books. Some of it will make you say “ewwww,” but then if you’ve read the book you know how certain characters go out in the end.
Series’ become tougher and tougher for non-fans the longer the series persists. Those who are not embedded in a phenomenon tend to be looking for something that builds on the prior installments while still giving viewers something that feels new, if not entirely familiar. So, for example, with “Twilight” (reviewed at: http://www.epinions.com/content_451430813316 ) the pressure on filmmakers was to please fans and get an audience who had not read any of the books intrigued in the story and characters. With “New Moon” (reviewed at: http://www.epinions.com/content_492450057860 ) the pressure was to retain the audience and not simply repeat the teen melodrama aspects and allow the audience to feel like the story was actually going somewhere. They largely succeeded. With “Eclipse,” the third installment in the “Twilight Saga,” the stakes are raised, especially for those who are not already glued to the series.
For that audience, the fear has to be that “Eclipse” will simply be a repetition of the two prior installments and will be more teen melodrama than anything else. After all, in “The Twilight Saga,” there is a romance to vampires and werewolves and much of Kristen Stewart’s acting involves alternately looking moon-eyed and falling down. With “Eclipse,” the formula is broken and the film fearlessly illustrates what it only implied in “New Moon,” that most vampires are actually angry and quite evil. While “New Moon” had the carnage off-screen, “Eclipse” illustrates it and the conflict becomes more than just a teenage “I love him,” “no, I love the other guy,” “no, I love the first guy more” story. And it is bound to be well-received by the fans. It was well-received by this non-fan.
Bella Swan and Edward Cullen have made it to Senior year of high school and as their relationship is deepening, Bella is applying to colleges and Edward decides to go through the motions of going to college to be with her and applies as well. But in nearby Seattle, Washington, there have been killings which Jacob knows are the work of vampires. Bella, despite Edward’s dislike of Jacob, continues to visit Jacob and with Jacob’s werewolf clan moves to deal with the vampires, Jacob becomes more protective of his best friend. When Edward and the Cullens are given proof that the problems in Seattle are the works of vampires, Alice sees the menace coming to Forks and the Cullens are forced to flee.
With an army of vampires descending upon Forks, Bella, Edward and Jacob flee in order to protect Bella as she appears to be the target of the rage of the vampires. With the attack imminent, the Cullen family joins forces with the werewolves in order to prevent the slaughter of humans and the exposure of both supernatural communities.
The nicest thing about “Eclipse” is that while the characters seem largely the same in the film, the plot has an almost constant sense of movement and the film feels like it is going somewhere. And where it goes is worth the wait. The key to who is behind the army of vampires and why makes perfect sense and the emotional resonance carries back to the final scene of “Twilight,” which works for those who have seen the prior installments. For those who have not seen “Twilight,” the motivations for Victoria are repeated enough so that she seems like a reasonable villain. Newbie viewers are more likely to be lost by the appearance of Jane and the Volturi than Victoria and her arc.
On the subject of Victoria, Bryce Dallas Howard steps into the role beautifully and while fans might miss Rachel Lefevre, Howard does a good job of playing Victoria as both harsh and wounded. In fact, I didn’t even notice the recasting until the credits, that is how flawlessly Howard assumes the looks and mannerisms of Victoria as characterized by Lefevre.
On the character front, “Eclipse” does a decent job of progressing Bella, Edward and Jacob, though it narrowly misses recreating the sense of watching the same ridiculous love triangle in the prior film. The movie works in this regard because it leaves the characters with a much more firm sense of who each of the principles are and what direction they are headed in. Bella manages to swoon more for Edward and the resulting decisions she makes feel much more organic than simply having to choose between the two lead hunks. The result is that “Eclipse” will probably replay better than “New Moon” for those who are not looking at the series for the teenage romance aspect.
As far as performances go, Ashley Greene continues to steal her scenes as Alice Cullen, the vampire who is able to see the future (except when it is most useful). Fortunately, her vision is explained and explored more in this movie, as is Jasper’s twitchiness. Jackson Rathbone has played Jasper as twitchy and dark and in “Eclipse” he is given the chance to steal a scene or two for more than just chill factor. He portrays Jasper in a more adult fashion and when Jasper begins to take a leadership role in the planning of the combat, it is Rathbone’s performance which sells it.
The leading men do what they have done before, so there are no surprises from Robert Pattinson (Edward), Taylor Lautner (Jacob), Billy Burke (Charlie, Bella’s father) or Peter Facinelli (Carlisle Cullen). Facinelli deserves a special note in that his role as the Cullen patriarch is given more importance in “Eclipse” and Facinelli makes good use of the screentime. His trick is to both provide a level of consistency and to make quiet scenes where Carlisle provides deeply human wisdom seem inhuman and Facinelli nails it.
Kristen Stewart continues to do a decent job of balancing Bella’s role as damsel in distress and normal teenage girl. In “Eclipse,” the role is a bit more physical for her and she seems up to the task. Waifish girls everywhere have a new role model in Stewart’s Swan and she plays off Pattinson well, so at the very least the film portrays a very real sense of sexual chemistry.
Finally, while “New Moon” had some morph effects which were not ideal (notably with werewolf transformations), “Eclipse” has the kinks worked out. The special effects are amazing and adult audiences are likely only to be disappointed in that they do not go far enough. The climactic battle has startlingly little blood for a conflict of its magnitude and those looking at this for an adult sense of realism are likely to be a little let down.
But those looking for something new to swoon about in Forks, Washington, where vampires and werewolves are real and they are all interested in teenagers, “Eclipse” is something to rave about.
Viewing Method: Test Screening
Film Completeness: Looked complete to me.
Pic Source :Thinking of Rob
Okay, I admit it: I’m a Robert Pattinson fan. And it’s not because I admire his creatively gelled hair (although it is impressive), or because I can’t get enough of Twilight (I haven’t read the books). I’m a Robert Pattinson fan because not so long ago—before he starred in Twilight, or lifeless flicks like Remember Me—he made a wonderful film called How to Be. It’s a film so good—and one which he is so good in—that I’m still waiting for him to take a break from playing James Dean wannabees, and return to his How to Be greatness.
Pattinson plays Art, a twenty-something going through a quarter-life crisis. When his girlfriend dumps him and he moves back in with his parents, he’s got nothing going for him except his songwriting and his job at the local supermarket. The problem is, he’s not very good at either one. After he discovers a self-help book called It’s Not Your Fault, he spends his inheritance and hires the book’s elderly author to move in with him and become his life coach.
If the setup sounds similar to something you’ve seen in any number of films about “the misunderstood outsider who discovers what life is all about,” I’ll ruin the surprise and let you know: How to Be is not that movie, and Art is not your typical misunderstood antihero.
Art wants to be a musician, but doesn’t have much talent. He wants to be close to his parents, but he doesn’t have anything in common with them. He thinks he’s depressed, but he’s really just in a rut.
It’s hard to articulate what makes this film so great. For one, there’s the music. Despite Art’s lack of musical talent, the film has a killer soundtrack. The songs in How to Be do something akin to what Sufjan Stevens’ music did for Little Miss Sunshine. They are playful and wink at the audience, letting us know that Art’s on screen melodramatics are meant to be played for laughs, not tears.
Then there’s Pattinson’s British accent. Other than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, this is the only film to date where he gets a chance to play an Englishman and speak in his true accent. His American accent, though technically good, tends to sound stilted. In How to Be, Pattinson’s voice has a range that is usually stifled by his impassive characters and their American accents.
Finally, there’s Art himself, who is disarmingly disheveled. His clothes are either too big or too small. He eats brimming bowls of cereal that overflow onto the table. His hair is long, uncombed, and not mussed up by a professional stylist. Basically, the poor guy just can’t get it together.
Pattinson aptly embodies Art’s disheveled state. Maybe it’s because this is pre-millionaire, pre-magazine cover boy Pattinson, but there is something different about this performance. It’s more genuine, more creative, and less encumbered than ones he’s given since.
Writer and director Oliver Irving told PopMatters in 2009 that he was working on his second film, which would be about two female scientists. I’ll be watching for that one.
As for Pattinson, I’m still rooting for him. Here’s to hoping he can parlay his fame into working with more talents like Irving, who want to cast Robert Pattinson the actor, not Robert Pattinson the sex symbol or Robert Pattinson the brooding introvert.
“Remember Me” Is A Romantic And Dramatic Film
Movie Review Jackie K Cooper
“Remember Me” (Summit Entertainment)
Pattinson’s Second Bite Out of the Box Office
Robert Pattinson rose to fame as the star of the two “Twilight” movies. Those films highlighted his looks but not his acting talents. He gets a chance to display these skills in his new film “Remember Me.” His co-star in this movie is “Lost” participant Emilie de Raven.
In this new movie Pattinson plays a twenty-one year old man named Tyler. Tyler has a lot of conflict in his life caused by the death of an older brother, the divorce of his parents, and his responsibilities to his younger sister. He lives with a roommate named Aiden (Tate Ellington) and audits college courses.
Through a series of events he meets a young woman named Ally (de Ravin) and they begin seeing each other. Ally has her own set of problems as her mother was murdered right in front of her eyes in a subway mugging ten years previously. This loss has caused her father (Chris Cooper) to be overly protective.
Ally immediately fits in with Tyler’s family. His mother (Lena Olin, stepfather (Gregory Jbarra) and sister (Ruby Jerins) welcome her with open arms primarily on the premise that if she is good for Tyler she is good for them. Ally tries to help Tyler with his relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan) but it remains difficult.
The most important and fascinating part of the film is that you believe these characters are who they profess to be. There is not one false note struck among them. Plus this is one of the most romantic movies, in a dramatic way, that has been offered by Hollywood in some time.
Pattinson is totally impressive as Tyler. He has a brooding restlessness about him that should add even more screaming girls to his legion of fans. Plus this role should lead to more offers of serious parts coming his way. Opposite him de Ravin kicks aside her mannerisms from Claire on “Lost” and creates a totally new character. Ally has depth and demons just like Tyler and de Ravin brings every one to the surface.
Olin is vulnerable as Tyler’s mother while Ellington is only mildly annoying as Aiden, a role that was written to be annoying. Cooper seethes with intensity as Ally’s father while Brosnan is icily businesslike as Tyler’s father. It is his best role in years and manages to wipe out some of the bad memories of his performances in “Mama Mia!” and “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.”
Giving Pattinson and de Ravin a run for their money in the best acting contest is Jerins. She makes her role as Caroline the heart of the movie. She is quietly sad and emotionally tender. She is also fascinating to watch. There should be big roles ahead for this talented young actress.
The movie is rated PG-13 for profanity, violence and sexual situations.
There is a twist at the end of this film which some have found to be interesting and appropriate while others have found it offensive. I thought it was a very fitting way to end the movie.
“Remember Me” is a movie I will remember and I think you will too. It certainly heralds new aspects to the acting careers of Pattinson and de Ravin, and it introduces a star of tomorrow in Ruby Jerins.”
I scored “Remember Me” an unforgettable 7 out of 10.
Jackie K. Cooper