Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
True love can conquer any obstacle. A message expressed intelligently and compellingly by, Charlie Kauffman and Michel Gondry, the brains behind sci-fi romantic drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
The film centres on the relationship between adorably lost Joel Barish (Jim Carey) and quirky, impulsive Clementine (Kate Winslet), after an eighteen minute opening the titles finally role and we start at the end of the pair’s relationship. In turmoil following the discovery that Clementine has undergone a miracle procedure to have him removed from her memory Joel decides to do the same.
The majority of the film is spent in Joel’s mind, a dreamscape, as he undergoes the procedure. The beautiful acid trip journey had Kaufman reinstating his surreal, creative mind successful for Being John Malkovich. Reliving memories from the embarrassing, to the scarring, to the joyful, Joel’s journey provides a nightmarish fairy tale.
Though often dismissed for over acting in his wacky comedies, there’s no doubt that Jim Carey can perform seriously following dramatic roles in The Truman Show, Man on the Moon and The Majestic. His performance in Eternal Sunshine however is the best in this area of film. Stepping away from the outrageous laughs he plays a three dimensional, realistic, sensitive character with an air of warmth, whilst still occasionally dipping his toe into the madness that naturally comes with the film’s dream sequence.
Though the focus is on Carey’s protagonist; it is Winslet’s outlandish performance that displays the eccentric nature of her character wonderfully. She is the mischievous dream girl, capturing her sense of self-loathing perfectly but expressing it with a touch of class and subtly that is expected from her.
Beautiful, bizarre and funny, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ticks the boxes of any Hollywood rom-com, but stays true to its unique and intelligent style making a truly fantastic viewing experience.