Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)






IN RETROSPECT

Director:  Michel Gondry
Cast:  Jim CarreyKate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson 
Plot:  A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

Genre:  Drama / Romance

Awards:  Won 1 Oscar - Best Original Screenplay.  Nom. for 1 Oscar - Best Leading Actress
Runtime:  108min
Rating:  NC16 for language, some drug and sexual content.

IN RETROSPECT (Short Review)

When you chance upon a film title like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, there's a temptation to pick it up, and give it a go.  Please do.  You won't feel any regrets at all.  As a matter of fact, you might regret not picking this up earlier. 

This romantic comedy by Michel Gondry is hailed as one of the best in its genre by critics and viewers alike.  It flouts most of the rules, and break conventions associated with the genre, and together with the enchanting Oscar-winning screenplay, Eternal Sunshine scores brownie points in its radical approach to storytelling.


Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet (in an Oscar-nominated role) are two people that you least expect to star in a film together.  But they show remarkable adaptable qualities, and on-screen chemistry that you can't really see any other screen couple reprising those roles. 


Carrey shows the introverted side of himself which he rarely accomplishes on screen, while Winslet demonstrates why she's one of Hollywood's hottest properties (and at this rate, an Oscar is due sooner rather than later).


Eternal Sunshine reminds me of the French film Amelie; both using CGI to enhance the storytelling, instead of just being fillers.  Technically, the former is more impressive. Through the use of unorthodox editing (the Academy owes the film a nomination here), and brilliant melding of images, the filmmakers has crafted a motion picture that screams inventiveness throughout. 


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an example of how a fascinating film can be made with a shoestring budget.


GRADE: A (9/10 or 4.5 stars)











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