Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood. Rating: 15


Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star as Joel and Clementine, a very likeable weird couple with a troubled relationship. Joel decides to wipe his memory of Clementine when he finds out she had hers erased of him. During the removal process, Joel recalls why they were in love in the first place and tries desperately to get out of losing all the memories he cherishes.

So when you read the title, did you immediately think 'weird film'? That would pretty much sum it up in an easy word: weird. Carrey and Winslet make utterly believable characters and the tragedy of this relationship break-down is truly touching. This real life situation is underpinning the sci-fi nature of the main premise of the film; which is ridiculous, but do-able. To call it a comedy may be a bit far-fetched but there are certainly humorous moments to the story, although overall what reaction to have to it is still beyond me. The mind of the viewer is too busy trying to follow the backwards and unravelling tale of time for Clementine and Joel to really have time to figure out what is going on. Not up there with the greats but a film to laugh at and ponder upon for a short time and admire the creativity of film writers.

The bumbling idiots performing the memory removal are a light-hearted relief and Elijah Wood as Patrick is sweetly charming no matter how much you want to dislike him. It is heartening to see him out of hobbit feet, as it is also nice to see Kirsten Dunst playing a confused sweet girl very much like Spiderman's girlfriend again. The background characters are funny and inventive, while the main couple are tragic and loveable, what more could you ask for really? Well, a better title to be honest, to effectively sum up the mish-mash that forms Eternal Sunshine...


However random, it still merits a 7 1/2 out of 10

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