Friday, May 21, 2004

Movie Review(Eternal Sunshine)...

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind tells the story of a miserable couple who fall out and undergo a memory wiping treatment to be completely free of each other for once and for all. Written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) and directed by acclaimed music video director Michel Gondry, ‘Eternal Sunshine’ delivers an extraordinarily honest, yet imaginative tale of heartbreak and happiness.

Having just broken up with Clementine (Kate Winslet), Joel (Jim Carrey) is surprised and disappointed to discover that she has had her phone number changed. Upon further investigation, he discovers a business card that explains how Clementine has had all memories of him erased from her mind, so he should never be mentioned to her again. Distraught and unable to get over the love of his life, Joel opts for a similar memory wiping procedure. Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson) is the pioneering scientist, aided by two young assistants, Stan and Patrick, who seem unable to resist manipulating the technology for their own benefit.

Jim Carrey has never been better in a dramatic role. He manages to deliver a deeply complex performance, whose depressed, self loathing loner conveys both pain and desperation mixed with moments of pure joy and happiness. Winslet brings a real authenticity to the fore as the enigmatic Clementine, a young woman clearly in search of meaning but perhaps not giving herself the time to find it. Complemented by a fine supporting cast including Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo and Kirsten Dunst, both Carrey and Winslet succeed in captivating and involving the audience from the get go.

Both Kaufman and Gondry have crafted an incredible exploration of love, memory and the stress and helplessness of forgetting a painful past and building a brighter future. ‘Eternal Sunshine’ is a consistently poignant and endlessly thought-provoking film which forces the audience to consider the true value of memories, good and bad. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is highly recommended viewing.

4 out of 5