Mr. Nobody Review

In life we are faced with choices. Do I take the bus or car to work today? Should I have dessert? Jump in the pool head or feet first? These choices might seem like simple decisions but in reality they can put one’s life on one path or another.

This is what Mr. Nobody explores in the simpliest of terms. The paths we choose in life and where they all lead. It’s an exploration of life and the meaning of such.

Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto) was born with the ability to see into the future (or so we are told), to see where each of his choices would lead. Over the course of Mr. Nobody we see multiple scenarios of where each big event in his life would lead to. In some cases he ends up with one woman with different outcomes, in others it’s a different woman with an entirely different set of outcomes. A couple of these scenarios he doesn’t even make it to adulthood.

Mr. Nobody is very poetic in the way it tells the story of Nemo’s life, to some viewing it however they might become lost or disoriented by the jumping around from one version of his life to the next. To that effect you have to be fully tuned into the movie so I would recommend watching this on a day you want something truly thought provoking. It does not only explore the meaning of life but puts some theories into work, like the multiverse or string theory.

There is a lot to be said about the art direction and style of this film. Visually it is a treat and a triumph with the imagery that is put forth, especially in some of the more lucid scenarios. The camera placement always seems to be precise giving the audience the most out of each scene.

To go along with the thought provoking storyline and beautiful cinematography the audience is also treated with wonderful performances. Jared Leto totally owns this movie. He is an absolute joy in each and every scene. One truly amazing thing about his performance in this film is how many different versions of himself he plays with each one being convincingly different from the other.

Now would I say Mr. Nobody is a movie for everybody? No, not at all. Just like every other movie. It will have it’s lovers and haters. However above all else if you are looking for something that will leave you thinking and talking about it hours, days, maybe even months after you see it. Then look no further and check out Mr. Nobody. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to force people to watch this so I can talk to someone about it.

Mr. Nobody
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Written by Jaco Van Dormael
Starring Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little, Toby Regbo, Juno Temple, Clare Stone, Allan Corduner and Daniel Mays
Runtime: 141 min
Release: September 26, 2013

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