This week's movie is Mr. Nobody (2009), starring Jared Leto as the last mortal in a world of quasi-immortals. Laying on his death bed, he reflects back on his life and tries to figure out if he made the right choices.
My feelings on this movie are mixed. The proposition this movie puts forth is what drew me in but it is certainly a lofty goal to achieve. The end result is a movie that is a complex & thoughtful answer to a complex & thoughtful question. I say this in both a good and bad way.
Where the film works is where it is giving credence to all the "what ifs" of our life and trying to figure out what was the "right choice". The film goes through Jared Leto's character's (Nemo, aka ' Mr. Nobody') entire life of choices and showcases how sort of a butterfly effect can happen with our choices. Where I feel as though the movie falters a bit is how the 'story' is told. It is very nonlinear, frenetic, disjointed, and at times seems to lack a sense of direction. The visuals and editing are interesting up until a point where it gets to be frustrating (to me at least) since I just couldn't keep track of what was happening. Jared Leto is the only real main actor in the movie, with some other folks in lesser supporting roles. Leto does well in the movie, reminding me that he is pretty awesome for being a good actor and a good musician with 30 Seconds to Mars.
I will commend this movie for it's high aspirations. It was a movie I initially wasn't into so much when I finished watching it but it was a good conversation starter when I was explaining it to some friends. I'll leave it up to you to decide what you think about this movie. It's complicated to be sure but maybe that's a good thing?
Stream Mr. Nobody today and be sure to let me know what you think of it if you check it out!
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