Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
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From acclaimed writer Charlie Kaufman and visionary director Michel Gondry comes Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. An all-star ensemble cast shines in this comical and poignant look at breakups, breakdowns and breakthroughs. Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), to get the same treatment. But as his memories of Clementine begin to fade, Joel suddenly realizes how much he still loves her. Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood co-star in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - a memorable film that The Wall Street Journal calls "a romantic comedy unlike any other!"
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What if you could totally forget someone?
What if the company that helps you forget has one or more unethical employees who take advantage of your memories?
This movie is a sometimes complicated, sometimes convoluted, often interesting look at what life might be like under such circumstances. Unlike in comic books where a superhero can make an entire world forget something, these mechanized memory loss techniques only affect one person, the person who wishes to forget. But everyone else who knew that the one person had a relationship with the forgotten person still remember that they did know each other, and get confused by the "amnesia."
Meanwhile, we see inside the two main characters' minds as their mental selves try to fight the memory loss.
it is an interesting movie, and to understand it better, I will eventually have to watch it a second time.
Read some of the reviews, especially the 2-star, 3-star and 4-star reviews, which can help you decide whether to give this movie a chance or not.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Jim Carey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, and even Kirsten Dunst give great performances, regardless of their role being supporting or minor. Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood help to add a certain uncomfortable tone that echoes throughout the picture. With all these top-bill actors and the range of special effects, it's harder for someone to not like this than to like it. This isn't the perfect film for everyone but some viewers will be pleasantly surprised.
When the movie opens, Joel (Jim Carrey) impulsively skips work and goes to the shore, where he meets a blue-haired woman, Clementine (Kate Winslet) and they hit it off. But then strange things start happening.
Turns out, Clementine has had boyfriend Joel erased from her mind. When he gets the letter from the memory-erasing clinic informing him of this, he decides to have her erased from his mind as well.
The movie jumps back and forward in time, which can be a little disorienting, though I think that was the point. Oddly enough, the story flows well that way, as things learned in one scene impact the meaning of the next regardless of where they fit in the chronology, and the story is much more effective than if it had been told in strict chronological order.
I suspect part of the difference between my daughter's "best movie ever" and my 4.5 stars is that I've read and watched a lot more science fiction than she has, and the concept of erasing memories isn't a new one for me. I did enjoy the details of the technique in this one, though I'd have liked to see it explored a little more thoroughly. For example, much was made of needing to find every single object connected with the person to be erased, but we never saw the consequences of missing something.
I was surprised, though, that she liked the romance of the movie--she's usually pretty cynical about such things. I, of course, loved the "true love conquers all" as well as the twists when things started going wrong.
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Well played cast, I am not a movie critic, but if you want to get away from a typical movie, rent this one!
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