Not wasting any time, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” throws you into the lives of two individuals seemingly destined to be together. Shot in a way that could easily mimic a fever dream and have one questioning, “What do life and love really mean to me?” Michel Gondry directs a masterfully written screenplay by Charlie Kaufman that takes the audience on a journey through self-examination and self-determination. This film evokes a host of emotions throughout and in its climax, leaves the audience in a sense of wonderment and a joy that hits at every heartstring it can until the credits roll.
“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” is a film that explores nostalgia, relationships, and memories as seen through our own eyes. The film follows Joel (Jim Carrey) as he is going through a procedure that will erase targeted memories of his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) so he will forget that they were ever together. He does this because he found out that she had the same procedure done. The story is told to us through the lens of his memories as they are being erased from the most recent to the first time they met. As his memories are being taken away, he learns what love truly is and must make a choice about what matters the most to him in life. His sudden change of heart leads him on an adventure to save what memories he can so he can never forget her, no matter what the cost.
The cinematography is truly amazing as every shot and every scene is put together in a very surreal and engaging way. The soundtrack is stellar and Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet share a chemistry on-screen that would make you think these characters are directly in your everyday lives. The story is full of twists, heartbreak, warm moments and comedy. The film does a great job of bringing the characters to life and almost everything in the film seems to compliment something else, whether it is the color scheme and motifs to personality traits. This is a film that deserves to be seen at least once a year and even at over ten years old, it still holds up as one of the greatest films to come out of the first decade of the 2000’s.
This film gets 4.5 out of 5 stars. Everyone should see this movie.