Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [Blu-ray]
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Jim Carrey plays "Joel;" a quiet and shy person who keeps to himself most of the time. He's bummed out when he discovers that his girlfriend had a new procedure done in where she has erased him from her memory. Not knowing what else to do, Joel decides that he must get the same thing done to him and goes to the clinic to have her erased from his memory, hoping that the pain and sadness will go away. When he's undergoing the procedure, unconscious and reliving the memories as they are being erased, Joel begins to realize that there were some very happy moments he had with her and he doesn't want to lose them after all.
It's really hard to categorize a movie like this. While it is indeed a comedy on some levels, it has a lot of dramatic elements to it, as well. Because of this, people will either fall in love with it or despise every minute of it. What really struck home with me is how honest and creative it really is. You'll find a lot more honesty and truth in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" than in most of the "cute" comedies that are out there today. It is extremely easy to relate to the characters, and that is what makes it all the more realistic for us. Jim Carrey is absolutely fantastic in this, as he is very controlled and doesn't try to steal the show.Read more ›
The film, which operates on the premise that people can delete bad relationships from their memories, travels essentially backward down its story's timeline. It examines several key themes regarding compatibility, fate and how our memories can make up who we are.
Jim Carrey, who plays his role of Joel straight rather than wacky, delivers his best and most human performance since THE TRUMAN SHOW. But the movie, thankfully, belongs to Kate Winslet. As Clementine, the girlfriend who Joel wants to either love or forget, Winslet is wacky, colorful and hilarious - the sort of girl you want to either love or strangle.
While their central story plays out mostly within Joel's brain, several equally interesting subplots emerge involving the memory-erasing workers played by Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood and Tom Wilkinson.
The thing I like best about Charlie Kaufman scripts is that I don't always know where they're going but, in the end, they cover all their bases, address all the philosophical questions inherent in their twisted plots and always leave me entertained. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND is a terrific movie.
"Eternal Sunshine" is just as creative as "Being John Malkovich" but without the characters who did despicable things (i.e. taking over people's bodies) in the latter movie. Instead, the story centers around Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) who are two very appealing "nice people."
I'm a guy, so naturally my eyes are on Kate Winslet. She really does merit the description that one critic gave her, "very easy to fall in love with" (I know I have). Besides this movie, I've seen her in two other great roles in "Sense and Sensibility" and "Enigma." In "Eternal Sunshine" she plays the shy man's dream girl: a wacky, flaky woman who lights up every scene that she's in. Yet she's also a wounded spirit, fighting a problem with alcohol.
Jim Carrey does a fine job playing Clementine's soul mate (and in some ways her polar opposite). He's a quiet introspective man with none of the trademark Carrey goofiness. Joel is someone I could readily imagine being, unlike if the role was played by better known actors who never play anything less than flawless human beings.
I won't spoil the plot beyond the fact that I thought it was a life-affirming story about the part of a love affair that usually gets short shrift, when people either come to terms with or fail to come to terms with the shortcomings of their significant others. The special effects and science-fiction conceit of memory erasure give the love story of Clementine and Joel a lift that a more straightforward narrative would lack.
On a final note: some people will probably read the script that is available on the Internet before seeing this movie.Read more ›
It is, by far, one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. And there were some good ones in the past few years. It makes you really appreciate life, all the good and all the bad, and it will move you if you've ever been in a relationship. But in general anyone should and could appreciate this movie. It has some neat special effects that isn't over the top. Very appropriate and subtle that simply compliments the movie. It's a thinking movie, in that afterwards it gives you a different perspective on your current, past, and maybe future relationship (if you still remember by that time). And I think it's for the better.
I don't want to give anything away, and ruin your experience with the movie. Go with an open mind. You'll enjoy it, I promise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really didn't like it too much. Maybe I needed to have a few drinks before watching.Published 1 day ago by Dan Reed
Strange movie. Very hard to follow the sequence of events with the continual flashbacks. The writers must have had to create a serious chronology to keep track of who did what... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Paul A. DeLong
This is a must watch for anyone that has had a broken heart and wished it never happened.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This movie is one of my favorites it reminds me of myself. I've watched it so many times with a different take each timePublished 4 days ago by Sarah Jacobo
Intriguing yet funny romantic and interesting plot twist. Kept me watching to the end.Published 8 days ago by Rachael D.
The main reason why I love JIm Carrey more than anything else! Great man, Great movie!Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
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|Blu-Ray Special Features||
I have the Canadian edition and there are no special features at all. There isn't even a top menu--it goes straight into the movie, and "top menu" does nothing. "Pop up menu" only lets you select between Dolby 5.1 English, DTS-HD MA, and Dolby 5.1 French.
Not sure if the USA... Read More
Jul 12, 2010 by John Stiles | See all 4 posts
|Some time line questions about this movie||
Um... I'll assume your questions are sincere and not just trolling, and try to explain for you: The "first" meeting on the train is actually their first meeting AFTER both having undergone the memory-loss procedure. They had already met, had a relationship, broke up, and each gone to... Read More
Apr 6, 2012 by Winston Smith | See all 4 posts
|Eternal Sunshine Blu Ray||
You can have it. for 12,000 DOLLARS! *emails the seller asking wtf*
Jan 1, 2010 by Ryan | See all 4 posts
|HD-DVD video/audio transfer quality?||
The HD transfer is nice and clean, and is a step up from the standard release. I never found the visuals to really pop in this film, but the jump to HD is noticable. The extras are exactly the same as the regular DVD. A great web site with reviews of HD-DVD video and sound quality is located... Read More
Mar 8, 2008 by Robert Hamilton | See all 3 posts
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