ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND is not just a movie, but it’s an experience a dream-like experience. It’s a bizarre romantic comedy snogging science fiction. Jim Carrey plays a timid and shy Joel, who discovers his ex-girlfriend Clementine (the luminescent Kate Winslet) has undergone a medical procedure to erase him from her memory. He gets upset and decides to do the same, but changes his mind while watching his memories erased. He must race though his own brain trying to stop the process.
Most of Eternal Sunshine takes place inside Joel’s noggin, as his relationship is replayed from messy breakup to sunshine start – while in the ‘real’ world the medical team scratch their heads wondering why the memory-wipe isn’t quite working.
The movie plunges into time-splicing, dimension-shifting world. The characters are tangy, tangible creations – funny, sad, sometimes unpleasant. There’s an array of flashy techniques. Underneath the visuals is a clear-eyed look at the painful realities of relationships. Beyond the depression and sharp distrust is a message: love will find a way.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind takes its title from an Alexander Pope poem and in the best sense of the word it is a beautiful, funny and at times painful. While it may prove too emotional and an intense watch. The payoff lies in its beautifully simple conclusion. Love as it seems is all about taking risks and having the courage to take them, knowing that it still may all end in tears.