The depth of the film manifests itself in the fact that the soul mates, Joel and Clem, both know that their time is running out and that they will never be able to meet again. I saw two people leave the rather empty theater during the screening I attended. He deserves tremendous praise for this role. It is perfect in almost every conceivable way, and anyone who complains that it is not original must be joking -- in my entire lifetime, this is one of the most unique film experiences I have ever had. They click in ways even they can't pinpoint. Love is a complicated subject that can't be taught, it can only be experienced for what it is. The way it ends leaves the viewer to imagine how the characters' lives will end.
Rather, he chooses to dazzle us with the complexities of the human mind and all of its glorious possibilities. Many believe that the idea of love goes beyond the reasonable or the logical to a more diverse level of the illogical, irrational, and the unreasonable. As crazy and almost surreal as elements of this film are, it somehow remains honest and real. The movie is like a very bizarre dream, when you're trying to interact with people, but they're not responding, and you shout and try to get their attention but they don't seem to notice. I have my doubts about the seriousness and remote possibility of such a procedure being performed, and the explanation is quite simply utter bull, but we don't care because the entire erasing of Joel's memories serves as a backdrop for a deeper meaning: If you could forget about past romances, would you really want to? Overall, Sunshine, as awkward and thoroughly confusing at it may seem and is, manages to express, in the most informal of ways, the feelings and thoughts we should all have when examining a relationship, in that it is not the superficial features but the underlining memories that make it all worth while. So he does the unthinkable. I think fans of Charlie Kaufman will be thrilled with this brilliant entry in to his collection.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Too many moments are wasted on gut-instincts and logic, when it comes to love one must live every moment for what it is because we only have one shot in this world and we might as well make it worthwhile. And Kirsten Dunst performs well within the film despite her appearance that protrudes a sense of innocence that feels off-base or awkward that distracts from the actions of her character. But as the procedure goes on, Joel begins to realize that beyond the quarrels and the less flattering incidents there were beautiful memories that he never wants to forget. He is becoming a brilliant actor with qualities that resemble Jimmy Stewart and Tom Hanks. The most recent memories are first to go and we watch as they slowly disappear into nothingness. Either way, it leaves you to imagining your own ending; a characteristic many films leave out.
We have all experienced moments where we feel as though there is opportunity to ask someone out or express how one feels for a certain individual but have chickened out due to nerves, 'gut-instincts', or views of superficial matters. However, after a silly argument breaks up their relationship, Clementine decides to visit Lacuna Inc. What Eternal Sunshine successfully expresses is that when breaking down the relationship moment by moment, more often then not the happier events outweigh the bad and that should be our determining factor to keep the relationship going. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 Subtitles A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. The little fights and bickers are things we all can relate to.
He doesn't like going on impulses and gut feelings but rather relies more on common sense and the logical sense of self-direction. She seems the polar opposite of Joel, but they click. It is a film that will only get better over time, as our memory of it waxes and wanes its way into our hearts. They flirt with each other and eventually find themselves falling in love with one another. He wants the inevitable erasure to stop, but he is completely powerless.
She is easily one of the very best actresses we have. Luckily for me, I knew I was going to be able to revisit the film many times in my life. He is a fabulous everyman who is sympathetic and knowing, interesting and kind. It is a tribute to Carrey and Winslet that they were able to do the same. But from the moment they meet, they know there is something special there. Joel Barish seems like the average, normal guy who stays pretty isolated from communicating his true feelings to others and yet reveals spectacular insight only to the confines of his journal.
An incredible film that most of the people who 'get it' will love - but I suspect there will be more than a small percentage who won't understand it or can't relate to it and they will understandably dislike it. What happens if that relationship doesn't work? Love and romance and memories of both have rarely been examined as thought-provokingly and tenderly as they are in this wonderful motion picture. Carrey and Winslet pull off a great performance, both ditching the typecasts that they've been shackled with. During the procedure, Joel's subconscious realizes that it doesn't want to let go of its memories of Clementine, and so begins a strange labyrinth of fragmented memories, constantly changing surroundings, and mental materializations of Clementine. Elijah Wood, in his first role outside the Lord of the Rings franchise which recently wrapped up in December, gives an effective performance as a man one can't help but despise for his methods of obtaining someone's affection but at the same time feel pity for his plight, which is that he feels love eludes him. If we all relied on nerves and logic, would anyone really fall in love? So, in an act of self-gratification, Joel decides to undergo the procedure himself, erasing every argument, every embarrassment, every thought he has had involving Clementine.
This will easily be one of the best films of 2004. It is the antithesis of the typical romantic Hollywood fare. I think what the movie finally asks us after its long, emotional journey, is would we want our own memories erased? Quite amazingly this low budgeted independent feature showcases a surprising amount of A-list talent but manages to have those performers express well beyond their famous names. Those recent memories are bitter as we witness the arguments and the boredom of their relationship. Eternal Sunshine promotes the ideology of living within the present and letting the course of the matter play out as it may. You are watching the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. It is as if he has never had a significant relationship of any kind.
Hers is a beautiful performance that will go overlooked. Soon she will be gone and he won't even remember that he forgot her. Why is it that we find ourselves attracted to people that, on the surface, seem as though they would never be compatible with our own lifestyle? This movie gives us what we all secretly wish for-- a chance to forget something that's hurt us in the past. He has a flare that accompanies Kaufman's words with perfect symmetry. If you have come to understand that acceptance can -sometimes- be a great thing and not a compromise or a 'settle for' - this is a moving film.