And Carrey's performance is only complimented by his interaction with Kate Winslet, who acts opposite of him as 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. When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. This film bounces around on its timeline almost hysterically, but the director never lets us get lost. But from the moment they meet, they know there is something special there.
If you can relate to the underlying theme of love longed for, love given and received, and love lost, this is a great film. It's so bizarre but yet also so beautiful. When Joel hears this from some friends, he angrily decides to do the same to Clementine, erasing her completely from his mind. She is wild and kooky, changing her hair color from red to orange to blue to green depending on her current mood. 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. When a relationship hits that unfortunate moment where it all seems to be breaking down, we, as human beings, seem to instantly draw ourselves to the negative aspects of that person, as Joel did early in the procedure, in an attempt of sorts to make everything right within our mind.
The world forgetting, by the world forgot. This type of film appeals to people like me. Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd. It's going to be gone soon. 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. Carrey and Winslet pull off a great performance, both ditching the typecasts that they've been shackled with.
Luckily for me, I knew I was going to be able to revisit the film many times in my life. Most films might choose to highlight this type of heartbreak with the death of a loved one or a bittersweet farewell at a train station. The relationship problems are the same. I think fans of Charlie Kaufman will be thrilled with this brilliant entry in to his collection. There is no exact science to the concept of love.
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. Eternal Sunshine promotes the ideology of living within the present and letting the course of the matter play out as it may. It is inevitable that at some time in our journey through life that we will come across someone that fascinates us so profoundly that we feel as though we could spend the rest of our lives with this magnetic individual. That seems like a contradiction. It is a tribute to Carrey and Winslet that they were able to do the same. I think what the movie finally asks us after its long, emotional journey, is would we want our own memories erased? Here she plays against type, and embodies a fascinating woman who craves attention but needs intimacy.
Hers is a beautiful performance that will go overlooked. Though the two give dramatically different personas to their characters and look as if they would never be quite compatible with each other based on surface actions, which is the idea the filmmakers are trying to express. If the company keeps producing films this good, they may become hugely successful in the future, if not already. I saw two people leave the rather empty theater during the screening I attended. However, after a silly argument breaks up their relationship, Clementine decides to visit Lacuna Inc.
You are watching the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. This will easily be one of the best films of 2004. Granted Sunshine does tend to veer off into the ridiculously absurd but when evaluating what one takes away from this film, it is pure genius. The film has passion and flare and brilliant wit, all framed by an intelligent script that deals in absurdity while managing to maintain an intimate realism. 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. 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. Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd.
If you haven't experienced this yet just wait, you will. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake. 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. As crazy and almost surreal as elements of this film are, it somehow remains honest and real. Either way, it leaves you to imagining your own ending; a characteristic many films leave out. The story is a twisted and complicated tale from the same man who brought movie-going audiences such award-savvy features as Being John Malkovich and Adaptation.
He deserves tremendous praise for this role. Why is it that when we do fall in love with a certain individual and think at first that this is a perfect match, we find over time that less tolerable marks are more frequent on the surface? I think the film will appeal to those who loved the recent masterpiece 'Lost in Translation' or Tom Tykwer's recent beauty, 'Heaven'. They flirt with each other and eventually find themselves falling in love with one another. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake. The concepts and the feelings expressed behind the script of this film hit so hard to home that it feels as though we our seeing our own love lives played out on screen.