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Ambitious it ain't, but Forget Me Not is a modest, memorable and rather moving slice of DIY cinema.
The ending of "Forget Me Not" conceals an emotional impact, sad and carefully orchestrated, but the film isn't very compelling.
A pleasant if slender affair.
A surprisingly affecting experience.
Menzies and O'Reilly crackle when the script gets out of their way, and a bad imitation of Before Sunrise is better than most of what passes for a romance film these days.
Forget Me Not is overly simplistic, corny and a cheap attempt to appeal to young, modern Londoners.
For long periods its boy-'n'-girl-on-a-metropolitan-wander merely serves to make Richard Linklater's diptych Before Sunrise and Before Sunset look even more accomplished.
As well as the actors play, everything depends on the screenplay, and Mark Underwood's writing doesn't quite swing it.
Access to a little more time and money would have solved one or two problems, but there's a rough-hewn charm and clumsiness here that's invigorating.
Reminiscent of all-night encounter movies like Before Sunrise or In Search of a Midnight Kiss, this British drama has a terrific blast of honest humour and sharp music to undercut its somewhat sad tone.
A little heavy handed to stand close comparison with cinematic influences like Richard Linklater's romantic diptych, Before Sunrise/Set, there's still plenty of fun to be had in exploring the streets of London with the likable pair.
Modest stuff and occasionally gooey, but the performances disarm and the lensing makes the capital seem impossibly magical.
Directed by Alexander Holt & Lance Roehrig, Quicksilver Films, 2010
Starring: Tobias Menzies, Genevieve O'Reilly and Gemma Jones
Question: Do you believe you can fall in love with someone in 24 hours? I do, or maybe I have just seen too many movies. Either way, I think it can happen and Forget Me Not may show you how.
A typical Sunday afternoon in my house involves laundry. One thing I detest so I have to balance it out with something I love. Do I have to tell you what that is? I grabbed my laptop and headed towards the back of my home - a sanctuary from the rest of the house but also where the laundry room is located. First load in, headphones on and I hit play on Netflix Instant Play queue with Forget Me Not.
I didn't know anything about this film except what IMDb said about it in its summary:
"Love Happens. When you least expect it. Forget Me Not is a moving, modern day love story set over twenty-four hours against a stunning London backdrop."
London?! YAY!! I lived in London for a short time and miss it nearly every single day so anything that has "a stunning London backdrop" in it, count me in. Plus, I had just completed watching a foreign mafia film that I did not like and not sure why, so a romance was the best genre to counteract the effects of the other. And it did.
The movie starts off in a London pub with a musician singing and strumming his guitar. The female bartender serves up drinks to the locals watching him out of the corner of her eye or when she has a break from serving the drunk in front of her. His melancholy tune permeates the surroundings but you are too busy waiting for what comes next to take notice. His gig soon ends; he goes home and takes a bath. Then he starts to do something that makes your heart tighten, especially if you have ever been in that state of mind. He tries again but realizes he requires a drink first. Back to the pub. Okay, I am giving a play by play of the movie - I am stopping that now.
At this point you are completely lost as to what is going on, and you desire to find the answers to all your "whys?" But in the back of your mind you really don't want to find out. Luckily the story then has you following the bartender and the musician as they walk through London on their way to a party after an unforeseen run-in with one of the pub patrons. During the course of this walk the two strangers begin to talk and share stories about each other. This is where I really started to drift head, or heart, first into the story...and then...buzzz...pause film...damn, laundry! Second load in. Play.
Where was I? Oh yeah, the strangers continue on through the night walking through the streets of London, revealing stories about themselves that you might not think they would. However, it seems so comfortable that you don't question it. Yet something is held back by both. Understandably. What would make any two people, complete strangers, open up and share personal stories? That is hard to say but perhaps when you are lonely, scared or unable to recall a happy time, a stranger might be the best person to open up to. And they might just surprise you with being the right person for what you need.
Okay, I am giving way too much away on this one. What is wrong with me? Perhaps it's the laundry...anyway.
Dawn soon arrives and a trip to visit someone starts to bring the story closer to its climax. A revelation from one/a reminder to another surfaces, but as the audience member you are still in the dark. Where the love story goes from here was expected but then one stranger finally reveals all about themselves. And in one of the hardest but most understandable speeches it all made sense - the beginning, the middle and the finally, the conclusion. Two people who didn't know each other yesterday, and might not remember later, fall in love because they always have today.
So if you are in the mood for a decent romance - check out Forget Me Not.
My favorite thing: That I didn't even notice I was doing laundry.
My least favorite thing: That I don't have plans to visit London anytime soon.
Length: 93 minutes
Review: 7 out of 10
Although clearly influenced by the far superior brilliant Linklater's films Before Sunrise/Sunset, the aftertaste is not as sweet. There are darker undertones throughout and although the acting and direction are good, the journey taken is one you wish ends quickly. The cinematography is noteworthy with fantastic takes of beautiful London scenery and there is one story twist worth taking about in an otherwise less than exciting script.
I had been waiting a really long time to see this movie. It was an indie release that took almost 2 years to come out on DVD, but it finally did and I couldn't wait to see it. The reason is simple, the amazing young cast. I knew nothing of the writer, director, or story, but I saw that they got every up and coming young star in Hollywood to star in this thing and that alone should have made it a good film. Unfortunately the story is very very simple. It's not a bad movie per say, but it's just nothing different from a thousand other films in the genre. The cast was great, but the film was honestly just done. There was no surprises, nothing especially scary or violent, it was just a very simple and familiar film.
80% on the tomato meter? Bulllshittt. This movie sucked big time.
The movie is about a girl who meets this orphan and they play a game in the graveyard nearby. After a while the girl meets new friends and kind of ditches the orphan (who has no friends). One night the girl and her new friends play a trick on the orphan that accidentally puts her in a coma for 6 years. Then all the people involved with the trick start dying one by one by the orphan's ghost/spirit whatever. Also when a kid dies, it is like they never existed, so everyone forgets about them once the ghost kills them...at least everyone forgets except Sandy.
Acting: Not convincing whatsoever. There wasn't any chemistry between the actors, and all of the characters were underdeveloped. They were all stereotypical high schoolers who party hardy with sex and beer. It was so cliche.
Plot: Very unoriginal. The script was so boring and repetitive. One by one the high schoolers go missing, and it's very predictable about when they die. Most of the movie was just the kids saying "What are you talking about Sandy?". There was no climax really, it was just repetitive. One kid goes missing, then Sandy starts freaking out and she is the only one who remembers who dies. It's really stupid actually. There were a lot of cheap jump scares- all of which were executed poorly on the directors part. Jump scares are pretty easy to do, but somehow this movie fails to deliver even the cheapest element of a horror film.
SFX/Camera/Sound: They tried to make the ghosts like asian horror movies make theirs. It had kind of a grudge/the ring feel to it, but it was not as impressive. It looked totally fake. It was a little creepy, but the ghosts appear so much in the film, after a while they lose their creepiness. The sound was really messed up in this film...at least in some parts. I watched it on netflix and it was not my TV or connection, it was definitely the film. The sound didn't quite match what the people were saying...for example: At the party, the one girl is facing away from the camera looking at her boyfriend, and as she is talking directly to him, it sounds as if she is speaking right at the camera. It didn't sound like she was away from the camera at all. If that makes any sense....I pay really close attention to detail I guess. The camera work or editing was really terrible in this film. In one scene, the girl and boy are sitting in the pool talking. In one shot, the girl is right next to the boy in the pool, but then it shifts off of her for 2 seconds and when it goes back to the girl, she is half way across the pool on the other side. Either she's a really fast swimmer, or somebody screwed up.
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