'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' Review: To Erase or Not To Erase
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is just one of those movies I have to have in my DVD collection. If I could own two copies, I would. I’d keep one in my living room, available to me at any time and use the other as my own personal Netflix service, renting it out to my friends to share this amazing movie with them. Not to ruffle anybody’s feathers, but I’ve never been a huge Jim Carrey fan. From Dumb and Dumber to The Truman Show, Carrey never quite did it for me … until this film. Featuring Carrey at his best and a brilliant performance from Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a must see for every person with an inner indie movie king or queen burning inside of them.
Released in 2004, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was written by Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) and Michel Gondry (Be Kind, Rewind). The film tells the story of Joel Barish (Carrey), a man who is stunned when he learns that his ex-girlfriend, Clementine Kruczynski (Winslet) had all memories of him erased. In a move of retaliation, he finds the man who created the procedure and has his memories of her erased as well. As the process begins, Joel panics and tries to chase Clementine through his memories before they are gone forever.
The film provides standout performances from several talented supporting actors – Tom Wilkinson, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, and David Cross. The complicated and layered storyline isn’t one that a viewer can’t follow, but is enough so that they will want to watch a second and third time to go back and finds the things they missed.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind presents an issue we’ve all considered, the thought we’ve all had: “I wish I never met that person” or “I wish I could forget everything that person has ever done to me”. Would we, though? After seeing the movie, I realized that I suppose I wouldn’t want to give up any of my memories, even the ones that left me heartbroken.
Oh, and if you're thinking of downloading the soundtrack, download Beck's "Everybody's Got To Learn Sometimes." You can thank me later.
- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of Focus Features)