Day 14 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Once in a while, there are films that you know you should have watched but you never did for some reason. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was just that for me. And man was I mad with me for waiting so long before watching what I know consider one of my favourite films.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has one of my favourite script from recent memory, it’s just so intelligent and so well shot. It’s just a film that works so well and could of failed so easily. I think the strength of this film is not only the screenplay but the acting that is so against grain for these actors. Seeing Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey in roles that you don’t really usually seem them.

One of the great thing about Eternal Sunshine is the way that it tells it’s story. It’s such a good way to create a visual of that relationship and a great way to showcase why we should care about it. My favourite thing I think was when Joel and Clem decide to start saving his memory of him and they go into his childhood. It finally lets Carrey be funny but it also showcases a side of Winslet we’ve never really seen.

I think that even the side stories, something I don’t like at all usually, work so well for this film because it helps explain things that happen to Joel and Clem. It’s all necessary for the story and it never feels like it’s just something we don’t need for the greater story.

Eternal Sunshine blends it’s different type of genre in such a beautiful way. A love story, some science fiction, a thriller, it’s all things that are usually not seen together and doesn’t work but it does so well in this. It’s a perfect blend that just makes it all so much better and create a movie that is, at least to my eyes, perfect.

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