Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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|Movie Review by Chris |
August 3rd, 2010
Favorite Movie Quote: ""Maybe you can find yourself a nice antique rocking chair to die in""
'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' is both a mindbending and heartbreaking film; filled with moments of pure genious and creativity. With a screenplay written from the brilliant mind of Charlie Kaufman, the film showcases a true love story mixed in with some creative science fiction moments to blend everything together. The film puts the audience into moments of pure beauty and pain, creating characters we feel and care about.
Joel Berish (Jim Carrey) is a lonely man, he completes the same routine every single day of his life. When he decides to skip a day of work and travel to a different area, he meets Clementine (Kate Winslet) and though at first he thinks of her as strange and a little bit to out of control for him, he falls in love with her. The difference between the two is the fact that Joel is very controlled and careful, while Clementine is very spur of the moment and crazy. The fact that they're opposites bring them together, as Joel feels that he can be changed by Clementine. After a bit of fighting, Stan (Mark Ruffalo) and a girl show up at his house, with a machine meant to wipe specific memories out of his mind.
The simple fact that somebody can enter your mind, more specifcally your memories, and destroy specific memories, completely take them out of your mind. While this isn't wholly original, it's an interesting premise that you can make one phone call and completely forget you ever got to know this person or did this to someone, erase all your mistakes from your memory. Though it's not exactly clear why he gets this done until closer to the end, but it seems like this whole memory wipe thing could be a bad thing or a good thing. Since it's done while the customer is sleeping, they could simply break into a house and begin this process and just wipe an entire life away.
The problem with this being done on Joel is the fact that, when he set it up, he wanted it done, but while the memories are being erased he finds how much he cares about her and basically chases her down through his memories and keep her away from the dissapearing memories. Director Michel Gondry does alot of interesting visual things behind the camera, such as a scene in a library, a memory slowly being erased is shown with the titles of the books dissapearing around him. In another scene at a shore house the two lovers get into to sleep in, as Joel chases Clementine around the house, it quickly fills with water from the ocean leading into the memory being erased.
This is one of those rare films where Jim Carrey puts on a more serious performance, using his comedic side for only brief moments. He is a very funny man, and this is one of those serious roles where he really surprised me, his level of emotion really ranges in the film. His character offers some pretty funny moments, but then transforms into a real quiet man. He works together well with Kate Winslet, their chemistry is great. I really enjoyed Kate Winslet here as well, he weirdness really makes this character great and the way she puts on the whole sput of the moment performance brings her to life, making her more than just a character on the big screen.
It's been a while since I've watched the film, and this review is based off the many moments I remember. What I do remember though is being deeply affected by this film, the whole story and level of emotion the film presents. Charlie Kaufman writes a script thats filled with hurt and love, but it just works great. 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' is a must see film, it puts you through a variety of emotions and creates a very thought provoking film that will be very hard to forget.
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