Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) (RR)

Director: Michel Gondry
Writer/s: Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, and more.

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Requested Review from Michael Phillips!

The Intro:
Oberrated here with another requested review. I told you all that I am gonna try to churn these ones out! With this one I have the opportunity to review a fan favorite that I actually have not seen before this view, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”! With this title we have a romantic drama with a touch of fantasy. Undoubtedly a unique one and I am excited to get this review to all of your eyes!

IMDB Summary:
“When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.”

The Oberrating:
Hilariously enough, I had zero knowledge of this movie before watching. From just looking at the poster, I figured it would be a romance film of some sort. Once I dove in, I was taken back by the blend of different styles “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” delivered. This blend shows an effective yet quick presentation of romance and its ups and downs when in a relationship, a strong dramatic presence following the stories of Clementine (Kate Winslet) and Joel (Jim Carrey), and lastly a unique touch of fantasy and sci-fi when it came to the “procedure” and the erasing of their memories. I really appreciated the approach this movie took and it created an enjoyable experience for me.

Carrey and Winslet are exceptional here. I have always been appreciative of Jim Carrey as he is a chameleon in his roles. He goes through a complete transformation for nearly all his roles whether we dive into history for his comedic roles or we focus on his more serious ones. Winslet as well is a natural talent. Her history surely speaks for itself as she is simply exceptional and Eternal Sunshine is surely a showcase of that statement.
The surrounding performers are somewhat forgettable to me however. The only stand out is honestly Kirsten Dunst with an honorable mention to Mark Ruffalo. I found everyone mostly annoying and forgettable to the point where I wish we focused solely on Winslet and Carrey. Yet if that were the case, maybe the movie would have been over-saturated focusing on only those two but nonetheless, I was not fond of the surrounding cast and their story.

The Wrap-Up:
Despite being a quick review, most of my pros and cons sit within the style and the performances/story. Major style points go to the way “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” blends multiple genres together into a cohesive and unique experience that is still easy to follow and engage with while being complex in its own way. While the core story following Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet’s characters are the bread and butter of what is truly great in this film, the supporting characters and their stories put a damper on my appreciation. I found them annoying and not too complimentary to the film. Regardless, I really enjoyed “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. It is a movie that can translate into real life well and give you something to appreciate and provide perspective.

Other Takeaways:
I could put more takeaways here but I only want to focus on one. This moment here ripped my heart out. Whether it be the empath in me. Whether it be me placing myself in this position as if it were my own relationship I envisioned. This moment was pure heartbreaking gold. Kudos to Carrey, Winslet, and all involved.

If it were up to me, I would give Carrey and Winslet and their story a 9/10 or even a 10/10, but for the film as a whole I give it…
Rating: 7/10

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References:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338013/?ref_=nv_sr_2?ref_=nv_sr_2
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338013/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

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