Thursday, May 6, 2010

Countdown to DVD Release - Favorite Quotes

Quote #47

"Should I wait up? Do you want cab fare?
~Neil Craig


LTavares2010 said...

I have a crush on Neil and Tyler, they are my favourite male characters in Remember Me. Neil conquered me since the very beginning of the film, I loved the scene in the subway station, the way he looks to his wife and embrace Ally is very emotional. His relationship with his daughter is so natural and really friendly. They seem more like friends if you compare with a traditional relationship between fathers and children. The conversations between Neil and Ally are very nice, dramatic and funny sometimes, but all nice and realistic. Chris Cooper is a wonderful and completed actor, I love him so much, he is so kind, genuine and natural. He did a great job with Emilie de Ravin. They are great together. His scenes with Rob are marvellous also. I would love seeing Chris doing Tyler`s father. It is only a thought, just this ( Pierce is very well in the film ). Well, maybe in the future Chris Cooper and Rob can be reunited again in another great film like Remember Me and this time, as father and son.

jessegirl said...

Yes, I agree Neil and Tyler are a great pair.
And Neil and Ally. And I won't minimize your passion for this particular male pair, LTavares.

But I think many of us will agree that so many of the 'duos' in this film work so well together. The theme of twos was discussed before, but, apart from Neil and Ally, all the others have Tyler as one of the pair. He's the hub of the wheel, if you will, and pretty much everything revolves around him.
That all these 'duos' work so well together in this film is yet another way in which it works as a whole. The 'wheel' turns smoothly.

One thing with the keys though. I don't know enough about NY commutes but I thought sometimes there were some mistakes there. Sometimes Ally comes home and puts the keys down. What would her Dad have done in the meantime, to get to work and everything?

I think her picking up or putting down the keys was a device the filmmakers used but to what purpose?
Obviously the cab fare line touches on the fact the Craigs don't trust the subway since the murder, and Neil wants to make sure his daughter is safe.

WhyIstheRumAlwaysGone said...

@jessegirl Good point about the key thing - but I think they're simply the house keys and not the car keys though, that would solve the problem. Apparently Ally takes cabs or gets driven by friends. The scene between Ally and her father and the cab fare thing always make people laugh... I love the complicity netween father and daughter, the implicit tenderness between the two, and yet the implied problems behind it: Ally's wants to be independant and start to live her life as a woman, but she can't as she has no place of her own yet and no financial means to support herself yet. And I guess her father is comfortable with the situation, in a way, because it means he doesn't have to let her go - yet. I lived thought exactly the same situation with my father when I was just Ally's age, and I remember so well how it was, the father/daughter dynamics behind it. Once more, the film is perfectly true to real life.

Anonymous said...

I like that all of the relationships in the movie feel so genuine and real, including Neil and Ally's relationship. There are many different types of relationships in life, and they're not all happy and perfect all the time; this movie really shows that.

Oh, and I LOVE the idea of a quote every day leading up to the DVD release. My only problem with it is that it's making me even more anxious to see it again! and again, and again...

jessegirl said...

Yeah, Anonymous, this quote idea is turning out to be quite a little stroke of genius (thx, Kat!).

Rum...I know, Neil will have a hard time letting go and is probably harder on Tyler because of that, although Tyler has not acquitted himself very well, so Neil has a lot of ammunition to fling at Tyler.
Of course, as we all know, Neil's natural parental difficulty in letting go is exacerbated by his wife's death, by the fact that Ally is all he has left and he's afraid he'll lose her in more ways than one.

I think, as most of you, that we grow to feel for, if not to love, pretty much every character in the story and that's another of the film's coups, because every character is so real, with good and bad points, yet played out so that we sympathize with every one of them.

Wow! I know what I just said sounds so simple, but I just 'got' it, the remarkable beauty of it. We root for every one of the characters; we feel their pain and want them to find happiness. There is no Team Tyler or Team Neil, etc. There is just their individual flawed gorgeous beauty and poignant sorrows and lovely moments of utterly sweet endearment. And we can pick out these moments one by one like little gems:
Tyler reading Caroline a story in bed;
Ally handing her Dad his coffee;
Tyler's gentle touching Janine's arm as he passes;
Tyler promising his mother what he thinks he cannot deliver but promising anyway;
Janine's motherly concern for Tyler;
Ally's gentle interaction with Caroline;
Caroline's amusement about Tyler's bruised face;
Charles' 'shitstorm' line for Tyler;
...Oh gosh I could go on and on, because practically the whole film works that way, one little appealing scene after the other.

By the end the combined force of all these little moments culminates in overwhelming love for it all. Funny, the first time I saw it I thought it disjointed, but it still overwhelmed me. I didn't realize how every little piece was woven into the whole and worked its magic on me until I was clothed in the whole thing. Now I see what was previously experienced as disjointed as absolutely joined together, all the paths leading together towards that ultimate conclusion. Wow!
You know I actually think the filmmakers did not create it with that intricate amount of calculation. I think there were other powers at work. Yes, THOSE powers. And they would only help it along because they could see that purity of intent.

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