The Charlie Kaufman penned 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' is as fresh and original as some of his other screenplays Being John Malkovich, Human Nature, Adaptation , but adds a romantic depth that makes this one of the most complete film going experiences I have ever had. I think what the movie finally asks us after its long, emotional journey, is would we want our own memories erased? Jim Carrey has pulled off a rather remarkable transformation that I would have deemed impossible a decade ago. And if so, would you be willing to sacrifice all the good ones, along with the bad ones? That seems like a contradiction. In a way, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is his Clementine. Heartbreak was still an alien concept. He is a master storyteller that is unlike any other I am aware of.
It counts on us knowing enough hurt to conclude that self-preservation is not a reversible condition. It is inevitable that at some time in our journey through life that we will come across someone that fascinates us so profoundly that we feel as though we could spend the rest of our lives with this magnetic individual. And Gondry is waiting on a windy platform, wondering why this mysterious blue-haired girl in an orange hoodie seems. The concepts and the feelings expressed behind the script of this film hit so hard to home that it feels as though we our seeing our own love lives played out on screen. Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd. He deserves tremendous praise for this role.
It's beautiful, it's bizarre, it's exceptional, it's funny, it's lovely, it's touching, it's witty, and it's one of the best movies I have ever seen. And Kirsten Dunst performs well within the film despite her appearance that protrudes a sense of innocence that feels off-base or awkward that distracts from the actions of her character. Maybe he has forgotten to remember her. I saw two people leave the rather empty theater during the screening I attended. If you have come to understand that acceptance can -sometimes- be a great thing and not a compromise or a 'settle for' - this is a moving film. The entire process of the operation is quite fascinating, really, if a bit reminiscent of an idea founded by none other than one of Kaufman's favorite writers, Philip K. Not only did the film give us the opportunity to see what it was like if painful memories were erased, but it also gave us the opportunity to see that everything deserves a second chance.
I think the film will appeal to those who loved the recent masterpiece 'Lost in Translation' or Tom Tykwer's recent beauty, 'Heaven'. I loved every minute of its refreshing originality. They click in ways even they can't pinpoint. That is until one day Joel finds out that Clementine has undergone a radical procedure to have him erased from her memory because she was unhappy. They remember the physicality of making the film, but remain curiously aloof about its psychology.
But, one day, he meets Clementine. And why is it that we overlook some individuals that, although at first there is no real 'love connection' per say, we seem to have a somewhat pure liking for someone and that it takes us longer then it should to see that person for who they really are to us? The viewer can almost live vicariously through the two dysfunctional characters that are remarkably just like ordinary people. Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: , Production Co: This Is That Productions, Blue Ruin, Anonymous Content, Focus Features Keywords: , , , , ,. He has had girlfriends, but none that really meant anything. It is as if he has never had a significant relationship of any kind. If we all relied on nerves and logic, would anyone really fall in love? When Joel discovers that Clementine is going to extremes to forget their relationship, he undergoes the same procedure and slowly begins to forget the woman that he loved.
You pick yourself up, let the relationship go, and, in time, move on. The way it ends leaves the viewer to imagine how the characters' lives will end. Hers is a beautiful performance that will go overlooked. Too many moments are wasted on gut-instincts and logic, when it comes to love one must live every moment for what it is because we only have one shot in this world and we might as well make it worthwhile. They discuss one of the most extraordinary films of the 21st century rather ordinarily, like a couple citing the quirky wheres and the hows of their first meeting — the chandelier at the party, her hair colour — when asked about why they fell in love. When a relationship hits that unfortunate moment where it all seems to be breaking down, we, as human beings, seem to instantly draw ourselves to the negative aspects of that person, as Joel did early in the procedure, in an attempt of sorts to make everything right within our mind. In my head, the idea of two lovers repeatedly gravitating towards each other despite the promise of doomed fate morphed into the tale of a desperate couple repeatedly visiting each other to sustain their slender shot at togetherness.
It is the antithesis of the typical romantic Hollywood fare. Here she plays against type, and embodies a fascinating woman who craves attention but needs intimacy. Maybe he — we — never really left Montauk. There are many small intricacies in the film, surely picked up on more thoroughly on repeat viewings, and the entire construction of the movie is completely enthralling and intelligent. But as the time rewinds, the memories get better. A year later, we separated.
This movie gives us what we all secretly wish for-- a chance to forget something that's hurt us in the past. Though the two give dramatically different personas to their characters and look as if they would never be quite compatible with each other based on surface actions, which is the idea the filmmakers are trying to express. The little fights and bickers are things we all can relate to. She is easily one of the very best actresses we have. To remember her, he runs the risk of forgetting himself — the song his mother hums, the playground bullies, those rainy evenings.
We have all experienced moments where we feel as though there is opportunity to ask someone out or express how one feels for a certain individual but have chickened out due to nerves, 'gut-instincts', or views of superficial matters. And so, here I am, writing, again , about a film that I could not remember to forget. Why is it that we find ourselves attracted to people that, on the surface, seem as though they would never be compatible with our own lifestyle? Overall, Sunshine, as awkward and thoroughly confusing at it may seem and is, manages to express, in the most informal of ways, the feelings and thoughts we should all have when examining a relationship, in that it is not the superficial features but the underlining memories that make it all worth while. He is a fabulous everyman who is sympathetic and knowing, interesting and kind. The story is a twisted and complicated tale from the same man who brought movie-going audiences such award-savvy features as Being John Malkovich and Adaptation.
Would they, like us, keep finding one another till there was nothing left to find? And if so, what would the consequences be? Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! He has a flare that accompanies Kaufman's words with perfect symmetry. There was an exchange during the film between our two leads, Joel and Clementine, played with poignancy and nuance by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, that echoed what I was feeling about the film. So, in an act of self-gratification, Joel decides to undergo the procedure himself, erasing every argument, every embarrassment, every thought he has had involving Clementine. Clementine: This is it Joel. The movie has a very profound message that all viewers should pay attention to. Love cannot, and does not, exist in isolation.