March 05, 2005

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

From Alexander Pope’s Eloisa to Abelard:

“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d…”

I love all the Charlie Kaufman I’ve seems so far, so naturally I love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as well. All his movies are eccentric & off-beat, and the plot-lines seem to deal with issues of identity. Take Adaptation for instance, where the level of ‘recursion’ is staggering if you catch my drift.

But enough about Kaufman, lets talk about the movie. The basic plot is of two lovers; each deciding to erase memories of the other from their mind. Actually pretty mainstream by Kaufman standards, Eternal Sunshine is basically a love story at heart. The concept is pretty intriguing, and will take some time for me to ‘grok in fullness’.

The scenes where Joel (Jim Carrey) goes from memory to memory trying to salvage whatever remains of Clementine (Kate Winslet) are particularly powerful/thought-provoking, dream-like & surreal. And I really liked the end, which I’m not going to give away in the slightest.

Please, when you see this movie, don’t start thinking logically and say this can never happen. Just go along with the ride and you’ll love it.

As I always say, Jim Carrey is under-rated (just like Robin Williams). The guy can seriously act. See this movie if you have any doubts on this. Actually, all the people in this movie act brilliantly. Kate Winslet really does deserve that Oscar nomination, and Clementine is probably going to remain the most memorable character from this movie. Elijah Wood is great post-LotR, even Kirsten Dunst acts well. Actually, the sub-plots among all the other characters are fascinating as well.

I’d give this movie, ugh., a 4.6/5 rating.

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