it is brain damage but its on a par with a night of heavy drinking, nothing
Joel (Carrey) can't get over the fact that Clementine (Winslet) has left
him. What makes it worse is that she refuses to acknowledge that she even
knows him. This isn't deliberate however because Clementine has undergone
a new procedure that can remove selected memories, so she has had Joel totally
erased from her past. Distraught, Joel dashes to Lacuna and begs Dr. Mierzwiak
(Wilkinson) to do the same for him. What he doesn't know is that as the memories
disappear from his mind, he witnesses them all over again and he realises
that he doesn't want to lose what he had with Clementine from his life.
Charlie Kaufman is one of the most original screenwriter working
in cinema today but his movies have never really appealed to a wide audience,
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is his most accessible
work yet but before you think he has sold out to the Hollywood machine, this
is also the best screenplay he has ever written. This is a complete story
of love and loss that captures its essence at its most pure and raises some
interesting questions during. What if you could have painful memories erased?
What if you could totally forget the most hurtful moments of your life? Would
this make life easier or would you be a lesser person because of it? All these
questions and more are brought to the forefront as we examine not just Joel
and Clementine's lives but our own as well.
Kaufman's fantastic script is thrust into existence by a tremendous
cast capped by two outstanding performances from Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey.
When Carrey plays it straight he reveals that he can be an exciting and brilliant
actor. If he can restrain the rubber-faced, manic idiot from dragging him
into one-dimensional performances, he is a real, award worthy talent. This
role as Joel is one of those parts that showcases what he can do. This is
natural, heartfelt acting that takes you on Joel's roller coaster ride of
emotion as the good and the bad of his relationship is laid bare for all to
see. The same can be said for Kate Winslet's performance as Clementine. She
is an accomplished character actress (sporting a splendid American accent)
who draws you into the emotion and passion that Clementine is feeling in the
real world but she also plays it straight as the voice of reason within Joel's
ever decreasing mind.
An exquisite supporting cast backs up the two tremendous leads.
Kristen Dunst proves again that she is a real talent. This is a pivotal performance
in the movie, though you might not think it, as Dunst seems to breeze through
the film without a care in the world until her character comes to the forefront
and the actress comes into her own. Mark Ruffalo's reputation takes another
big step upwards as technician Stan. He provides a lot of the comic relief
in the movie working well with both Dunst and Elijah Wood. Wood himself is
a typically eccentric Kaufman character and he has no trouble dropping his
good guy image to play someone downright seedy. Tom Wilkinson is also great
as Dr. Howard Mierzwiak, the man behind Lacuna.
An exceptional script and performances are brought together
brilliantly by Michel Gondry. The former advert director's vision is superb
as he takes us on a trip into Joel's mind. The editing is spot on, revealing
plot hints as you go and then throwing the ending straight at you, leaving
you completely overwhelmed. The subtle special effects give the illusion of
disappearing memories as Clementine is slowly wiped from Joel's mind. This
is expertly handled as the dreamlike images flash before your eyes pulling
you into his subconscious. This movie will put Gondry on the map as a visionary
director to watch out for.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a wonderful love story
wrapped up in a fantasy film. As well as been gleefully entertaining it will
also raise questions about your own life and if taking away certain memories
would change the person that you are. We're all the sum of our own experiences
and this is the message of the film that will grab you and refuse to let go,
as you see parts of your own life in Joel and Clementine's, making the movie
a must see for everyone.
in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with Dolby Digital 5.1 and dts soundtracks,
the transfer is very good. Michel Gondry's visual spectacle is brought superbly
to life by a very sharp picture that complements style and look of this unique
romantic comedy drama. The sound is also first rate with dialogue crystal
clear and the wonderful score filling the speakers.
Feature Commentary with director Michel Gondry and writer
This chatty, funny and informative commentary comes from two men who are friends
as well as colleagues. The pair takes you from the initial pitch in 1998,
through casting and the making of the movie. Director Michel Gondry explains
how he used the minimum amount of special effects, reply more on in camera
tricks, quick wardrobe changes and the ingenuity of his cast and crew to create
Joel's disappearing memories. Writer Charlie Kaufman reflects on the challenges
of the script, his in-shoot rewrites and the collaborative process he enjoys
with his directors. This is a very good commentary that lets you into the
extremely creative world of Charlie Kaufman and his gifted colleagues.
A look inside Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (11.32
Director Michel Gondry, producer Anthony Bergman and stars Jim Carrey, Kate
Winslet, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst and Tom Wilkinson reveal
the secrets behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This featurette
is basically a back slapping exercise but it is informative and funny at the
same time. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet talk about what drew them to the script
and the fact that they were playing against type, basically switching personalities
on screen. Director Michel Gondry discusses the look and style of the movie
and everyone involves expresses their own feelings about Charlie Kaufman's
A Conversation with Jim Carrey and director Michel Gondry
With footage from rehearsals and behind the scenes, star Jim Carrey and director
Michel Gondry reflect on bringing Charlie Kaufman's unique vision to the screen.
The featurette is very informative, revealing some of the visual tricks that
were employed to create Joel's disappearing memories. The pair discusses the
creative processes involved in making the movie, offering gossip and stories
from filming, while we get to see behind the scenes footage of gaffs and funny
incidents that took place.
Deleted Scenes (6.59 mins)
These four deleted scenes show more of Lacuna and more of the interaction
between Joel and Clementine but due to the lack of a commentary track or an
introduction we don't know why these scenes were removed.
Polyphonic Spree 'Light & Day' music video (3.01 mins)
An ingenious music video used to promote the movie that makes out that the
characters from the movie are actually singing the song.
Lacuna Commercial (0.35 mins)
Your chance to watch the full version of the advert that make Joel want to
remove his memories of Clementine.
An outstanding movie gets a good DVD treatment that will please
fans of the film. The featurettes are well above average but it is the excellent
commentary that makes this a must buy for everyone who loves Charlie Kaufman's
movies. When you throw in the inclusion of a dts soundtrack the value only
increases. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a must buy for everyone's
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