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Film Evaluation – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Imagine undergoing a procedure that could erase a person from one’s mind completely. Some would say that it solves personal problems. Others would say that, in reality, it creates many more. This is the case for Joel Barish in the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Joel is heartbroken to find out that his girlfriend, Clementine Kruczynski, went through the process of erasing him from her memory. He, then, decides to seek out the same procedure for himself. As Joel’s memories of Clementine disappear, he realizes that he is truly, deeply in love with her. Is it too late to undo his mistake? This incredible, very strange movie was produced in 2004 by Michel Gondry. It is a remarkable experience which is only to be expected from the screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. This film bounces around crazily on its timeline but the director never abandons the audience. Jim Carrey and Kate WInslet are our leading stars in this film, playing Joel Barish and Clementine Kruczynski. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a beautiful romantic comedy mixed with a little fantasy and science fiction. It is full of real emotions and real characters that will be rooted for as they slowly but surely reserve a special place in hearts everywhere. Eternal Sunshine is the type of movie that will only get better as the years go by as it is passionate and has a unique flare unlike others. The three criteria that makes this film a definite favorite of thousands is the casting, the performance of the actors and actresses, and the theme.
The most important criteria for judging this film is the great casting. The cast was excellently picked. Actors in a movie must be believable and able to pull their roles off extremely well. If not, the audience will become bored and uninterested. Jim Carrey does perfectly. In this film, he is absolutely brilliant and deserves extensive praise for this role. Kate Winslet has done consistently well in every film she has starred in. She is easily one of Hollywood’s best actresses. The supporting cast does superb as well.
The second most important thing about this movie is the performance of the actors and actresses, in general. This must be Jim’s best performance to date. I feel as though it will open the eyes of Jim’s haters everywhere who mainly know him as Ace Ventura or a clingy, irritating cable guy. Jim Carrey has made such a mark in the film field and his role in this film is only complimented by his interaction with Kate Winslet, who is his polar opposite. Their characters are extremely different. Joel and Clementine’s surface actions make them out to look as if they are not compatible with each other in any way, and that is what the filmmakers are trying to express. Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, and Kirsten Dunst play the roles of the assistants to Tom Wilkinson. Tom Wilkinson plays Dr. Howard and he is the manager and head doctor at Lacuna, the memory erasing agency.
The third element that makes this production stand out is the multiple themes. One of the main themes is that people don’t realize what they have until it is gone. Joel and Clementine fight so often in their relationship and take each other for granted. Joel made the choice to erase Clementine, but during the process, he tried everything in his power to hold onto her. He made the choice to erase her while he was angry and jealous. Another strong theme is that some people are simply meant to be together like soul mates. Clementine and Joel fell in love when they first met in the beginning of the movie. After they erased each other from their memories, they both went back to the same place they met and fell in love all over again, as total strangers. Even another theme is that to get to the good things, one must venture through the bad. Joel and Clementine’s relationship has rocky roads but when they get through the bullshit, they have the ability to conquer the...
Cited: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Dir. Michel Gondry. Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman.
Perf. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. Universal Studios, 2004. DVD.
Lost In Translation. Dir. Sofia Coppola. Perf. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Focus Features, 2003. DVD.
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