Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Cast:

Jim Carrey …………. Joel Barish
Kate Winslet …. ….. Clementine Kruczynski
Gerry Robert Byrne .. Train Conductor
Elijah Wood ………… Patrick
Tom Wilkinson ……… Dr. Howard Mierzwiak
Mark Ruffalo ……….. Stan
Jane Adams ………… Carrie
David Cross ………… Rob
Kirsten Dunst ………. Mary

Summary:

After dating for more than a year and having trouble dealing with each
other’s flaws, Clementine (Winslet) and Joel (Carrey) decide to get each
other’s memories erased from their minds. Dr. Howard Miercwiak does and
his technicians do the operations but they have trouble with Joel when
he decides he doesn’t want to go forward with it in the middle of the
operation.

Critique:

In his continues effort to establish himself as a legitimate actor and
not just another silly comedian, Jim Carrey takes on another dramatic
role which has a fair amount of comedy. He joins such stars as Titanic’s
Kate Winslet, Spider-Man’s Kirsten Dunst and Lord of the Ring’s Elijah
Wood. This time however he comes out with the best movie he’s done closely
followed by “The Truman Show”.

Adaptation’s writer Charlie Kaufman did a great job on this movie. Very
well written and gets the point across without having to use long conversations
which is what makes these movies boring sometimes. The director also helps
with that by drawing some confusion with his style to keep the audience
thinking throughout the film. He also shot the film using digital cameras
I think which gives it an indie feel.

The stars deliver great performances as expected. Carrey and Winslet
stand out, of course, because of their longer screen time and more demanding
roles. Elijah is probably the most disappointing although he did not have
much time to do anything but he showed no emotion and did not give any
clear indication of the character’s personality. It left it basically
up to the viewer to guess and it seemed like an important character to
be left as such.

Entertaining is the keyword to describe this film. Most movies of late
which had the same message as this film were either too romantic or ended
up being cheesy or too dramatic and ended up being boring. This film finds
a good balance and the comedy Carrey brings makes it even more entertaining.
It’s also thought provoking and interesting. It makes you think back of
times you wished to forget something acknowledging only what bad it’s
done and forgetting any positive impact it had on you.

There are really no clear problems with this movie. There were some minor
issues about the execution and the camera movement. Also a few things
are not very clear in the plot but they can be easily overlooked. Looking
for an interesting, entertaining and moving film about relationships and
life? This is the movie you want to see, if you want to be entertained
but don’t like to think then check out “Dawn of the Dead”.

Rating: 8.5/10
Runtime
: 108 min.
MPAA
: Rated R for language, some drug and sexual content.
“Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”
opened nationwide Friday March,
19, 2004.

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