BY TIMOTHY RABB
Daily Arts Writer
Published March 14, 2010
Coen Brothers fatalism, meet the new James Dean. “Remember Me” is a poetic tragedy that revolves around NYU student Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson, “Twilight”), his newfound love Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin, “Lost”) and the tangled web of broken relationships that binds them to their turbulent pasts.
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There’s not much to say that hasn’t been hashed out in depth all over the mediascape: The ending is offensive and has no pertinence to the story — it ruins an excellent movie by attempting to capitalize off a very sensitive time in our national history. Furthermore, it almost entirely negates the familial bonds that are developed as the story progresses and adds yet another death to a lamentable body count.
However, Pattinson doesn’t squander his ample screen time. Sulking has never looked so stylish, and prototypical male chauvinism is forgone in lieu of a chivalrous masculinity that endears his character to the utmost. Pattinson’s photogenic face would alone be sufficient to carry his career, but many critics fail to give him the benefit of the doubt as an inexperienced actor. The roles he’s choosing for future work are increasingly sophisticated and will undoubtedly effect the positive evolution of his acting abilities.