“As long as you don’t choose, everything remains possible.” It’s a mind scramble to think about how much of an impact every single decision we make has on our lives. Wouldn’t it be nice to live them all, just to see how they play out? “Mr. Nobody”, 2009, shares with us, this staggeringly complex idea.
Mr. Nobody (Nemo) is 118, no, 15, well actually 35, but hold on, he’s 9. Actually he’s all of these, as his imagination has him living these ages in a co-op state of mind with various interpretations of his life’s decisions and pathways. For the most part we see his 35 year old self (played by Jared Leto) as he lives three completely different lifestyles. One of which he has a wife, kids, and bundles of money, while in another he has a wife losing her sanity, and in another he has no life long partner at all while he waits every day in hopes that they will be reunited. The possibilities coinciding with his decisions are as infinite as the universe itself, and for 2 hours we see as much of it as we possibly can.
Evaluation: Twenty minutes in and I found myself at one with his film. Some (very select) movies actually allow a viewer to form a bond with them (much deeper than just laughing or crying). I have experienced this with Robin Williams movies the most I would say. “Bicentennial Man” (1999), “What Dreams May Come” (1998), and a non Robin Williams movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008). I connected with these movies unlike any others I’ve ever seen. And for those who haven’t seen these, they are all in the same general genre of Science fiction or fantasy. Movies in this genre, done properly, make for some incredible masterpieces.
Nemo’s choice of staying with his father or going with his mother, choosing the right girl to spend his life with, or just choosing which type of food he wants, all play a tremendously important part as to how he will live beyond those points. Choosing isn’t always easy, and even those “crystal clear” choices can come back to bite us down the road. If only we could turn back time. Try it over again. Reset our lives for a different direction. There’s only one place we can do that…In our minds. And in 118 year old Nemo’s mind, he’s several different conflicting variations of himself.
This film’s imagery is strong, influential, and moving to say the least. Take this powerful aspect and combine it with music selections that “fit” the movie’s feel, and you may find your breathe taken away. The variations and scattered timings of the song “Mr. Sandman” were perfect.
I found one scene in particular to be a bit “awkward”, where the movie shows 9 year old Nemo admiring 9 year old Anna, who becomes Nemo’s one true love throughout the movie. The way the scene was shot, and the music used, just had a “older age” feel to it than what was being portrayed, and I found it to be something of a misfit scene for the film.
Total Abstract Rating: 90% The thought process behind this film is just magnificent, and other than humor, so many emotions were put into this movie that help us relate to Nemo and his various pathways.
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