I've always wanted to love Memento because of its ambition, but its execution always bugs me. It's too slow and it babies its audience in the tails of each scene change. Though it's disappointing that Pearce's Lenny is the only real fleshed out character, Pearce is effectively able to carry the story. Its interests in memory beyond its formal conceit/plot gimmick is fascinating, but the gimmick is what you remember.
A movie that takes the audience on the same ride the character is on which is rare when taken to such an extreme as this. On the first watch, it takes a bit to get emotionally invested in the characters considering the odd structure. Each scene you're trying to piece the scenes in chronological order and put the pieces together which doesn't leave much time in the beginning to empathize.
Need to watch this again. The anachronistic narrative discourse really tests your memory and observational skills. You feel for Lenny once you figure out what really happens but you also can't condone his insatiable desire for revenge. Memorable lines: "How am I suppose to heal if I can't feel time? - Lenny. & "Test this, you fucking quack" - Jimmy G I
Form and content go wonderfully together. I am still not sure what happened :-) but the implication is clear and the mood slowly shifts, beautifully. The fact that I am not clear what happened is also the congruence of form and content. It's not that original, the forward-backward thing. Check out Iain M Banks's "Use of Weapons". https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/jul/20/book-club-use-of-weapons-iain-m-banks
The ingenious idea of telling a story backwards and a leading character with a short-term memory span makes what is an ordinary thriller have a breath of fresh air and becoming a lot more special than had it been played straight-forward. A perfect example how to do a tired story fresh again.