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
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