Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Running Time: 108 minutes
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Kirsten Dunst
Joel Barish (Carrey) heartbroken after his breakup with his eccentric girlfriend, Clementine (Winslet) of two years, decides to undergo a procedure to erase his memories of her, after he discovers that she had done the same. As he watches and relives his memories, he realizes that he still loves her, and all the good things that they had. However, it may be too late for Joel to reverse his actions of erasing the past.
After a long wait, I’ve finally ventured and watched this film, and found myself understanding why people had recommended it to me countless times. It truly is a unique film, that somehow reminded me of a mix between Memento and (500) Days of Summer without the crime thriller and comedy part. Nonetheless, the storyline is still very much refreshing and resonates with Charlie Kaufman’s writing. The main thing that caught my attention throughout the film was the cinematography and editing. The colours chosen for the different timelines and scenes, for the characters and how the camera focuses on different objects and characters to signify the different situations happening during the film truly gave the film a very surreal and somewhat raw feel.
I also liked how the movie signifies the human brain’s capabilities and flexibilities, and the human emotions. To a certain extent it wouldn’t be difficult for the audience to relate to Joel or even Clementine in the film as Joel relives his memories. The storyline was written in such a way that it really demonstrates the emotions the characters were going through, and how love can be such a beautiful and terrifying emotion at the same time. Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Joel Barish is commendable, and it reminded me once more how versatile and good of an actor Carrey really is, and how he really excels in dramas. Winslet demonstrated an equally noteworthy performance, and both lead actors were surrounded by a good supporting cast ranging from Tom Wilkinson, to Kirsten Dunst, to Mark Ruffalo, and lastly Elijah Wood.
Overall, the film is a hauntingly beautiful piece of art. It will definitely stick with audiences after they watched it for the first time, and it will make you question a variety of things from past relationships, to our actions, etc. I’ll definitely be re-watching this in a later date.
Rating: 8 out of 10