Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

For as long as I've lived on this big blue dot, I have never seen a movie so abnormally strange yet brilliantly complex as that of Michael Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind. Now I understand that this has been released for quite some time now but it seems that every time I watch it, I am simply amazed at how beautifully the movie is put together.

The film centers on a depressed and emotionally distant middle-aged man, Joel (Jim Carrey), as he attempts to recover from the sad and ultimately true demise that is heartbreak. The story is strangely compelling yet deeply confusing as Joel gives it his all to forget about the love of his life, Clementine (Kate Winslet), as he undergoes a local medical procedure which allows patients to erase broken memories from their past as if they never existed. The procedure spirals out of control as Joel’s subconscious desperately fights back to save the memories he once had with Clementine.

Along with Carrey and Winslet, the movie also stars Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, and Mark Ruffalo who all intertwine in the main story itself. Carrey’s performance is like no other film he has ever done before, as if he wore a mask when he acted in Ace Ventura or The Truman Show and unveiled the inner silence and complexity that is himself in Eternal Sunshine. Winslet very much the same acts as a spontaneous romantic whom has seen her better days but wishes the same to find love.

As for the tranquil and relaxing cinematography, which allow you escape to the thoughts of your own mind, Jon Brion composes a beautiful soundtrack that can make even the most high octane movies seem peaceful. A masterpiece like no other, it’s a one-of-a-kind film that will send anyone into a complex state of thought that can only be described as, an Eternal Sunshine.

✭✭✭✭ out of ✭✭✭✭

1 comment:

  1. For a starting review, this is pretty great work. I agree with your take as well, Eternal Sunshine is one interesting picture. Looking forward to re-visiting it in the time to come.