Sunday, 31 January 2010

(500) Films of Empire - Day 138

After getting up early to watch the disappointing tennis result with Andy Murray, I tried to be productive and spent the afternoon cleaning the flat. After I was done I felt that time to indulge in one of my favourite films and one of the best of the noughties... also got to enjoy a lovely lemon drizzle cake thanks to Siobhan. Mmmmm.

73 - Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind - 5 stars
Somewhat ironically considering the plot, this is one of the most memorable films I've ever seen.
Quirky screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's unique take on the romantic comedy as a man finds out that his ex has had him erased from her memory and undergoes the same procedure, only to realise that memories of the one you love, good or bad, are better than none at all. A crazy concept for sure but when it is being explained by someone like Tom Wilkinson then you accept it as being completely feasible. "Is there a risk of brain damage?", "Well technically the procedure is brain damage but it's on a par with a night of heavy drinking".
The movie works because of the relationship between Joel and Clementine. If the audience don't buy into them as a believable couple then the film would totally misfire.
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet have never been better. Fact. During the rehearsal period of the film they bonded by talking about previous relationships, good and bad, and it is that bond, connection and chemistry between them that makes the film believable.
Carrey is astonishing in this film. His character of Joel is very introvert, quiet and shy. Basically the complete opposite of the roles he normally plays in Ace Ventura. and Liar, Liar.
Winslet is essentially playing the Carrey role in this, being extrovert, obnoxious, rude yet displaying a loveability that is needed to show why Joel fell in love with her in the first place.
A fascinating look at love and how important the role of memory can be in a relationship. ngs to mind the phrase "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all", were they talking about someone who had their memory erased? As Joel's memories are erased, starting with recent bad, bitter memories of his break up with Clementine they slowly give way to happier times and the film examines how vital they can be in shaping who you are as a person, what you learn about live, love, etc (as hinted that Joel and Clemetine may go through the procedure several times during their lives but will always be connected).
Guaranteed to make you think back through your own relationships, for better or worse!

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