Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” is without a doubt one of the best films ever made. Written by very imaginative screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and starring an ensemble cast this film is not only visually stunning but also deeply moving. The soundtrack by Jon Brion is also as perfect as the film from the very start of the film.
“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” is about Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) and Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) who after a tumultuous relationship decide to have their relationship erased from their minds. Joel who is still in love with Clementine after they breakup is devastated by the news that Clementine had him erased from her mind that he decides to do it to rid himself of the hurt that he feels. He ventures to Lacuna Inc. where Clementine had her mind erased and sets up an appointment where the specialists (Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood) will erase every trace of Clementine from his mind.
However as Joel is having his memories of Clementine erased he starts to have second thoughts and tries everything possible to stop the process while asleep.
There are so many amazing things to point out about this film that I will start with Jim Carrey’s best performance to date. Carrey’s Joel is a reserved and sensitive man who falls for energetic and complex Clementine. He is drawn to her wild and free-spirited personality and finds himself doing many things that he never would have done. He tries his best to please her and even protect her which causes frustration on Clementine’s part who wants more. Even after their relationship ends Joel still has feelings for her and attempts to win her back even though it results in the realization that she no longer knows who he is.
Another great point about this film is Michel Gondry’s animation/directing abilities. The movie is a wonder to behold with its bright colors and eccentric scenes where so much is happening as the characters talk or run to escape the environment that is changing around them especially in Joel’s mind. There is a scene where Clementine and Joel are in a bookstore and as they are talking the books begin to lose their color and become completely white. One of the best scenes happens close to the end of the film where the house that Clementine and Joel are in begins to disintegrate.
I have watched “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” approximately three times totally and I still find myself impressed by it every time. The cast especially Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are incredible and Gondry’s visual effects are absolutely terrific. I highly recommend this movie.