There are 3 movies that would freakin' blow my brainmatter against a wall (a la Teddy) if Mike, Kevin & Bill ever riffed: "JFK," "Lost In Translation" and........... "Memento." It has quickly become one of my favorite movies... ever. (I try to wait years before donning any title into that list). It's my example of a near-perfect movie. I wouldn't be able to take a single moment out without the whole thing collapsing (aside from the hooker scene, which is a favorite scene of mine anyway).
I knew going in this would be a hard watch/listen. It's so dialogue heavy (typical Nolan), I wondered if the whole riff would be done talking over dialogue. Instead, it's mostly short quips between the smallest pauses. The big question though was if I would laugh at the bon mots spouted over the tragic scenes. I'll say it was hard to do. It was like I had to suspend the laugh-center of my brain away from the heartstring-pulls of the movie. So one part of me felt like it was ok to laugh, but then I had to quickly "get back to the movie" the very next second. There were a couple places where I was asking myself "Am I being a prude, or was that in bad taste?" The scenes with Natalie (Carrie-Ann Moss) and Leonard's wife (Jorja "the CSI girl" Fox) were typically the hardest to laugh through. That's not to say that several gut-busting laughs escaped, like the reactions (particularly Mike's) to Natalie's barrage of insults. The parts I *did* find myself thoroughly enjoying were always Burt ("the hairy desk clerk"), Sammy Jenkis (Stephen Toblomonomowski), and Teddy (Joey Pants). Even though Pants has appeared in at least 3 other RiffTrax'd movies (and several billion non-RiffTrax'd movies), I felt the guys totally unloaded here, and it was great to watch.
So Mike, Bill & Kevin (or whoever) decided that a critically hailed, rape/revenge/killer neo-noir with a mindbending plot gets the wacky riff treatment. I'm sure I'm not alone when I ask, did "Memento" really need a RiffTrax? Somebody help me out, because the only reason I can guess that this happened is to capitalize on Nolan's "Dark Knight." Maybe doing "Batman Begins" is too obvious a cash-in (or perhaps it's further down the pipeline). Personally, I think BB is far more riff-worthy (compared to "Memento" anyway). Or, for a bigger stretch, maybe it's to take aim at movies with cult status, thereby raking in the fanboy dough (i.e. LOTR, Matrix, Raiders; which ironically have brought about the best 'trax). Where I see this divulging in the fanboy/cult category is that "Memento" has way darker elements and is grounded deeply in reality and tragedy; not usually akin to guys in spandex flying through the air (save the Nolanverse of Batman). The best part of this release, though, is that many will now see "Memento" for the first time, and that, in the end, is worth a riff treatment all by itself imho. I just hope the newbies watch it sans-RT'd first. What a trip for those who don't! Many may not "get it," but it'll be worth it for those who do.
"Memento" is a solid movie by itself, and sadly, I found the 'trax more as a distracting commentary than an "added flavor." It's 1 of 4 dvd's I've owned before getting riffed on. I tend to watch the other 3 with their respective 'trax. "Memento," however, will not join that group.
I must mention that I was absolutely thrilled to hear
Disembaudio sing the end credits (again)! Is it possible to have him do that EVERY RiffTrax? Even the instrumental ones? That'd be hilarious to hear an instrumental sing-along! And it's always in the perfect place to stop for those that don't wanna hear it! Whaddya say, guys? Dontchya think it's time for our favorite anthropomorphic kitchen appliance's star to shine just a little brighter?
Final question(s): Is this the first non-fantasy/sci-fi movie the guys have taken on that is in IMDb's Top 250? Does this pave the way for sacred classics like "The Godfather" and "Platoon"? Does this mean "The Dark Knight" is fair game just as well? A part of me would hate to see it happen, but the other "money spending" side of me would download them. Damn you, fanboy inclinations! And damn you, Ruxbin!!!