FORGET ME NOT movie poster | ©2020 Trinity Creative Partnership

FORGET ME NOT movie poster | ©2020 Trinity Creative Partnership

Rating: Not Rated
Stars: Tobias Menzies, Genevieve O’Reilly, Gemma Jones
Writer: Mark Underwood, story by Rebecca Long, Steve Spence, Mark Underwood
Directors: Alexander Holt & Lance Roehrig
Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnership
Release Date: May 9, 2016 (U.S. theatrical); December 17, 2020 (home video)

FORGET ME NOT, per IMDB, was actually made in 2010. This accounts for the youthful appearances of leads Tobias Menzies (THE CROWN, OUTLANDER, GAME OF THRONES) and Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma in the current run of STAR WARS projects).

Will Fletcher (Menzies) is a London musician, charming when playing folk-rock on his guitar in a London club, suicidally depressed when alone. Barmaid Eve Fisher (O’Reilly) likes his music. When Will leaves his guitar behind at the bar, Eve attempts to return it to him.

Eve is heading for a friend’s party. As the tube station is closed for the night, Will offers to walk Eve all the way to her destination. They wind up walking and talking through the night and into the day. Eve has an appointment to sort out the living arrangements of her beloved grandmother (Gemma Jones), who made need more specialized care than she’s currently receiving.

All of this makes FORGET ME NOT sound like a British riff on BEFORE SUNRISE, which also had a man and woman getting to know one another in a beautiful city (in that film, Paris). But it’s not.

Let us stipulate that directors Alexander Holt & Lance Roehrig make London look entirely gorgeous. If FORGET ME NOT doesn’t want to make you visit, you may be immune to visual enticements. We even get inside the Millennium Wheel.

Further, Menzies and O’Reilly give deeply-felt, sincere performances. Jones, as always, is marvelous.

However, the screenplay by Mark Underwood, from a story he crafted with fellow producers Rebecca Long and Steve Spence, develops problems as it proceeds. We get some enormous clues as to what’s going on with Will at the outset, yet FORGET ME NOT treats the information like the revelation in a murder mystery (this isn’t one).

Additionally, the kind of work Eve is training for is also handled as though it’s some kind of secret requiring careful handling, even though it’s entirely benign.

This might be less problematic if the relationship itself wasn’t so increasingly hard to believe. Will goes back and forth in his intentions so many times that we wonder if he’s meant to be bipolar or schizophrenic (he’s not).

Eve welcomes Will back easily after he’s horrendous to her. This might work if they were old friends, but they’ve just started talking a few hours ago. A few more incidents, and we wonder why Eve doesn’t extricate herself from this unstable new acquaintance.

Fans of Menzies, O’Reilly, and Jones will probably want to see FORGET ME NOT for their work here. Lovers of London may want to see the film for its fabulous shots of the city. It just is not a movie for those seeking a plausible cinematic romance.

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Comments:

  1. I’m willing to wager a tenner that it’s better written than ‘Overlords, Incorporated’. But, yeah, I totally agree, it’s not a good screenplay. But hey, you try writing a feature in a week. (Also, the producers awarded themselves those story credits but had no creative input). And if you’d like to hear a better telling of the story, check out The Worst Writer in the World podcast. Love and best wishes, Mark.

    Mark

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