In “Remember Me,” Robert Pattinson has temporarily stepped away from “Twilight,” apparently in search of his “Five Easy Pieces” or “Rebel Without a Cause.”
When Pattinson’s character — a wayward, rebellious 21-year-old named Tyler Hawkins — meets who will quickly become his love interest — a fellow NYU student named Ally (Emilie de Ravin) — he informs her that his major is “undecided.”
“`Bout what?” she responds.
“Everything,” he says.
As a character-defining quote, it’s a long way from Marlon Brando’s “Whaddya got?” in “The Wild One.” Perhaps an earlier draft had him saying he’s getting a “Ph.D. in misanthropy.”
Pattinson may be on leave from the narcotic melodrama of “Twilight,” but he’s still in full-on brooding mode. The young actor has an unmistakable screen presence. However in “Remember Me,” he pours it on thickly and self-consciously.
With low eyes, sleeves rolled up just so and cigarette drooping artfully from his mouth, Tyler (like Edward Cullen) is a reluctant romantic. He quotes Gandhi in voiceover, makes love to Sigur Ros and (understandably) can’t be moved to laughter by “American Pie 2.”
His deepness runneth over.
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Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin become entwined in what you might call a romantic tragedy in Remember Me. It’s a New York City love story, and it evokes a feeling of familiarity: a young man who is emotionally cut off from the world and troubled by the hypocrisy of adults, madly devoted to his preternaturally talented younger sister, mourning a dead brother, rebelling against the privilege of his parents. It leads to an obvious question: OK, Mr. Catcher in the Rye, but does Pattinson take off his shirt?
Well, yes he does, although discreetly and mostly from behind. More to the point is that he emerges from the pupa of eternal life bestowed by his roles in Twilight and enters a different kind of deathlessness as an interesting young actor, able to show brooding introversion in a film in which one of his friends says, “I’ve had enough of this brooding introvert s—.” Not easy to get past, but Pattinson has exactly the kind of self-possessed uncertainty to negotiate it.
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Via RP Life