Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind - Movie Review

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind - Movie Review

To review this masterpiece, you need to talk like a professional. The film is a one-of-a-kind romantic comedy with a twist. Written by the genius Charlie Kaufman, and it was the second feature film for the director, Michel Gondry. Starring Jim Carrey as Joe Barish and Kate Winslet as Clementine.

The story begins with Joel finding out that his ex-girlfriend, Clementine, has had, as bizarre as this might sound, a procedure to completely erase his memories from her brain in an attempt to try and get over him and it works because Clementine does not seem to even know who he is now.

Joel fills up with feelings of confusion and furiously heads to see Dr. Howard to understand how this works exactly and soon after decides to erase her from his mind as well to be able to go on with his life. As Dr. Howard’s assistance and medical technicians operate on Joel one evening in his apartment, he finds himself trapped in his dreams trying to hide Clementine’s memories in his brain to save it or at least some of it from the procedure.

The transition of scenes from the past to the future, memories, and reality is very impressive and smooth. I can assure you, you will not find yourself lost between action, instead this film will feel familiar to you, like remembering an abusive relationship or self-destructiveness in relationships but without it including actual abusive drama.

Joel tries to hide Clementine in other memories so she wouldn’t be completely erased from his memories even though he took the decision to remove her and the fact that she removed him is not played out in hate like an episode of black mirror.

However, it’s put together in a way that highlights their love and their relationship even though it was ruined and easily perceived as a stereotype when it gets much deeper.

The film begins and ends with them meeting, again, for the first time and falling in love immediately without being cheesy. It shows the details of a relationship that has feelings as mixed as settling down, true love, fear of commitment, and not being mature enough to handle intense emotions.

To handle laying in bed next to someone all the time and waking up to find them gone. I love how Dr. Howard’s assistant and technicians are careless and chaotic when operating on Joel.

How they drink, get stoned, and make love to each other while he lies in bed trying to wake himself up and stop them from operating on him.

The fact that we find out that people would probably use this procedure to deal with love like simple data on your computer that you can just get rid of and have everything go back the way you want them to be is just truly heartfelt.

This film is real and has great special effects. Even though it’s an old movie, it was shot and directed in an ideal way to reflect its purpose. The cast of the film is pretty outstanding too and I could assure you will appreciate it as a work of art.

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