Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Movie Review: Mr. Nobody - How Does a Child Make an Impossible Choice?

A 9-year-old kid with a rich imagination is faced with an impossible choice after his parents’ divorce; go with mommy, or with daddy. Choices are the main topic in this philosophical drama by Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael. How much can one single choice impact a life? Little Nemo is imagining all of them to help him make his impossible decision.

I like movies that make you think, especially if the philosophical aspect is coherent with the story. The story always has to be a writer/director’s main focus. Jaco Van Dormael succeeded in creating a masterpiece with Mr. Nobody (2009). He created a beautiful philosophical drama with elements of science-fiction and a love story. If you don’t share my love for philosophy, you can just relax and take a ride in Van Dormael’s rich and bizarre universe. From past to future, birth to death, earth to outer space, Mr. Nobody has it all.

It even has a great cast, and a fairly large one. Because of the time shifts in Mr. Nobody some characters have to be played by different actors. The main character, Nemo Nobody, has three actors: Jared Leto, Toby Regbo and Thomas Byrne. They all did a great and convincing job; the movie often feels like a dream and not just another movie. However, I specifically want to mention Toby Regbo’s performance. For he did a tremendous job as 15-year-old Nemo, along with his love interest played by Juno Temple.

The length of the movie is one of its only downsides. It tends to drag on a bit and some scenes don’t really feel like they belong there. They bring the viewer out of balance. But then again, who are we to question a child’s (or Jaco van Dormael’s) imagination?

I definitely recommend renting this one if you ever feel like escaping the Hollywood movie-formula of big explosions and cliché love affairs. Mr. Nobody will take you on a ride through a child’s mind and encourage you to think about your choices and its effect on life. Do not watch this right before bedtime, for you may find yourself lying awake thinking for a few hours after.

Leave a comment with your thoughts on the review, or on the movie itself. I’d Love to hear what you have to say. If you have any movies you would like me to review, send me an e-mail at: nuggettreviews@gmail.com

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