Christopher Nolan’s film, Memento, is extraordinary. If Nolan would have told the story straightforward, it would have made more sense for the audience. But it wouldn’t have been art. It takes guts–a leap–to try something that might not work. It is why twenty-plus years later, we are still talking about it. (Think of how many films have been made since then?)
Some may say, “Sure. It is easy when you have a big Hollywood budget.” I would argue the stakes couldn’t have been any higher. How many chances do you get to work on a movie in Hollywood? Not many.
The way we arrange the scenes changes the story we like to tell.