Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst and Tom Wilkinson
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Written by: Charlie Kaufman
Kate Winslet Interview
Charlie Kaufman Interview
Bluntly speaking? Eternal Sunshine
of the Spotless Mind is remarkably intelligent, wildly fresh and impeccably
cast. It's flawless brilliant entertainment. And by its delightful end, Eternal
will have captured you - heart, mind and soul.
. Joel (Jim Carrey) awakens to find his head throbbing and a feeling
his world is missing a little something. He can't quite put his finger on it
he knows something's askew.
"one of those days," Joel decides to ditch work - on a feeling - and
train it out to a summer spot in the dead of winter. (cue Cupid's harp->) There
Joel meets a wacky yet pre-destined girl named Clementine (Kate Winslet). Some
how he senses Clem's the girlstuff made of his deepest dreams.
his new-love joy is short lived as he soon finds himself a byproduct within a
surreal world of cutting edge science. Joel's about to learn he's been erased
His ex-love has had a procedure in which a crew of specialists "zap"
out memories from the brain. Memories - like ex-boyfriends - of the client's choice.
a in a bit of a snit, he decides he too shall undergo the same brain wiping and
86 her from his mind - So there to infinity (<-stick out tongue here
as the mind-zapping crew (Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, and Kirsten Dunst) set up
shop in his apartment, the battle between Joel's heart and mind begins. Sure,
things went sour between him and Clementine, but to erase her completely? The
heart begs, "Stop!" While the mind responds by replaying a few screaming
matches between them that usually ended in those bitter tell-tale words and slamming
doors. Joel decides the pain of her memory is worth it. He decides he's changed
his mind and wants to stop the erasing.
it's too late. He's already unconscious, plugged in (to a machine resembling a
doctored aluminum strainer with flashy lights that go ping) and incapable of actually
he cannot get the crew's attentions he decides to run around his mind and hide
Clementine from their ray gun of eradication. If Joel can "store" her
till dawn, he will beat the ray and be able to remember her. If not, he'll awake
and have no recollection they were ever together. So the two "thoughts"
(with us in tow), trip the light fantastic all around his subconscious.
Oh yes indeedy. It's an unbelievably intricate yarn filled with the importance
of love and romance within all the usual relationship trauma. Its multi-leveled
subplots draw you in completely and ultimately leave you with that fuzzy feeling
so rare in film viewing today.
cast is stellar. Of particular note is the film's version of Jim
Carrey. Be warned Ace or Bruce fans, this time around the handsome marzipan
faced ass ventriloquist hasn't infused a snort or guffaw within a mile of his
touching, subtle performance. He's delicate yet powerful, raw yet full of mental
punch; edibly delectable like thinly sliced Ahi tar tar artistically arranged
on a fine porcelain dish and accented with a shaved mélange of colorful
Cutie cupieberry mantart Mark Ruffalo takes the phrase puppy-eyed
techno geek to another level here as Stan. Sporting what can only be called a
pompadour, this talented dish of yum nails sci-fi retro geek with a heart. And
Elijiah Wood beams as Stan's apprentice Patrick. Pat likes to use client's personal
memories as his personal dating service. It's still hard to look into Elijiah's
big blue eyes and think ill of him - but yeah, he's a sleaztack here.
extravaganza Kate Winslet shows us all there's nothing she cannot do. Here she
flips your image of her as the soft-spoken girlygirl with brains on its head -
abruptly - and "against the type" casting has never been a more enjoyable
journey. Watching her whirlwind about displaying her comedic timing, beside an
introverted huggable Carrey, was devilish fun.
film's writer, Charlie Kaufman, is one of the most
brilliant storytellers out there. Here his script is worked again by avante gard
director le laquirk Michel Gondry (he did Kaufman's Human Nature too).
Gondry works the material like a majestic ordained puppet master. Everything melds
into a fine tapestry of visual art while maintaining a truly romantic center.
recommendation: Chicken drumsticks and whiskey
subtitles: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS
5.1), Commentary by director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman
by director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman
Look Inside the Mind: The Making-of ESOTSM featurette
conversation with Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry - they get blunt.
scenes: Addicts rejoice!
infomercial: Brilliant...Just Brilliant
video The Polyphonic Spree "Light and Day"