Flicks: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

February 27th, 2007

Devastating. Fine, it’s not old, it’s not a movie that everyone has seen. But it’s totally fucking devastating. The most emotional reaction movies usually evoke in me comes with the excitement of watching things get blown up or some other such thing that I’ve forgotten about before the movie ended. This hurt. I had heard about the movie before, I even read how the movie ended. I knew Charlie Kaufman wrote it, so I expected a mindfuck. What I didn’t expect was to feel pain as I watched Jim Carrey lose every moment they spent together. I watched him yank her through his memories, revealing his most humiliating experiences just to keep a shred of her left in his mind. I watched as the earliest memories are wiped away. And all I could feel was loss. I knew what happened in the end. I knew, but it didn’t matter. The loss, the pain was palpable. Movies don’t do this to me. They aren’t real and they are gone when I hit the stop button or walk out of the theatre. But there I was enthralled by this story, so well done, well acted, well portrayed.
I defy anyone to watch this and tell me Jim Carrey can’t do more than his usual schtick. The whole cast was wonderful. I can’t begin to fawn over each and every one of them. Part of me wants to own it, just because a movie like this deserves to be owned if that makes any sense. But I’m afraid I wouldn’t ever want to get caught up in it again. I may yet buy it and watch it every time I fear I don’t appreciate the love in my life enough.

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  1. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I recently had a jones for it and went out and bought it. while I think carrey was amazing, kw’s clementine is one of the most… alluring… characters I have seen in a long time.

  2. this is also one of my all time favorites…i’ve seen it twice already and it’s already made it’s way back to the top 15 on my netflix queue. my favorite scene is the conversation that they have in the beach house as it’s falling apart. (i guess that’s not useful unless i explain why but i’m not going to).

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