Just before the Easter holidays I handed in this article I wrote about Jim Carrey for English class. Our job was basically to focus on the design aspect of the article.
Conan and Jim Carrey Talk Quantum Physics
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Focus Features, which is the specialty films unit of Universal Pictures, has released another movie. It’s called something as weird, yet memorable as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; a quotation from a famous poem by Alexander Pope and Kirsten Dunst got to say it in the movie:
“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d;”
Written by Charlie Kaufman, you already know that you are in for something special. His previous work includes Being John Malcovich (1999), Adaptation (2002) and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), and it’s as if Kaufman won’t settle for doing a “regular” movie. His movies are all thought provoking and they are movies you talk about afterwards, not many people have achieved that.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (ESotSM) is nothing like what you might expect. I know I thought to myself, that seeing as Jim Carrey has a huge role in this movie, I thought he might be hilarious throughout the movie. I loved him in both of the Ace Ventura movies, but respected him more for his infamous grimaces rather than his acting skills. EsotSM totally changed my mind about how I perceive Jim Carrey, he even convinced me that he deserves an Oscar, no doubt about it. The movie made me realize that there’s SO much more to him, something we rarely get to see though. Yeah, I could go on all day long about how great his performance is.
He plays Joel Barish, who is a shy humble man having trouble with the opposite sex. One day he suddenly, spontaneously, decides to skip work and takes a train to Montauk. Here he ponders on his life, asking himself (when he sees Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet), an attractive wild, free-spirited multi-hair colored woman for the first time), why he falls in love with every woman who shows him the least bit of attention.
On the train ride back home he begins a conversation with Clementine and they almost immediately fall in love. This is where things start to get really serious.
I think you’ve guessed by now that this is not Carrey’s usual stuff, but a romantic drama!
Joel finds out in a heart-wrenchingly way that she has had him erased from her mind and how does he know this? Their relationship has just ended at this point and he walks into a bookstore and sees her sitting behind her desk, but naturally finds it odd when she doesn’t seem to recognize him at all. Back home he gets a letter (he wasn’t supposed to see) that simply says:
“Clementine Kruczynski has had Joel Barrish erased from her memory. Please never mention their relationship to her again. - Thank you.”
The letter has been sent by Lacuna, Inc; a company which has specialized itself in erasing people’s memories, thus removing any pain it might have caused. The mere thought that Clementine can’t remember their relationship and everything they used to be haunts Joel and therefore he decides to undergo the very same procedure. But everything doesn’t turn out the way Joel imagined. In the middle of the whole erasing process he changes his mind and tries eagerly to escape with Clementine to the darkest fragments of his memory (this is how most of the movie goes) after he learns that he might not want to forget their relationship.
Most of the characters in ESotSM are familiar from other movies and the team from Lacuna, Inc who are to erase Joel’s memory consists of: Mary (Kirsten Dunst), Patrick (Elijah Wood), Stan (Mark Ruffalo) and Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). I must admit that I did, sort of, have a hard time in the beginning acknowledging that Elijah Wood won’t always be Frodo of Lord of the Rings, but I quickly forgot as the movie went on. All in all an incredible cast.
The visuals are not striking in the same way that most big-budget Hollywood-produced movies are but it’s still very good and I was definitely impressed by some scenes and kinda prefer them to that new Blockbuster because it feels more real and overall there was an amazing use of colors. Luckily the director, Michel Gondry, didn’t choose to focus too much on CGI, which I think is a big problem for many Hollywood-directors. It’s as if they believe that as long as the visuals are OK, then people won’t notice the smaller things not being there… like a story for instance! ESotSM is made just the way movies are supposed to be made and is one of my all-time favorite movies.
Ordered Some DVDs
So I decided to order some DVDs from Amazon the other day.
Green Street Hooligans My brother recommended this movie and it was awesome. So awesome, in fact that I decided to buy this DVD.. and the other ones below just kinda followed. Anyway it’s nice, although a little odd, seeing Elijah Wood in such a different role than as a hobbit in Lord Of The Rings. I don’t care for soccer anymore (at all!), but while watching this movie you don’t have to. It’s got so much going for it. Can’t wait to watch it again once it arrives. Review coming soon.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Jim Carrey’s best performance in my opinion. I love the Ace Ventura movies of course and think that he’s a comedy genius, but in this movie he really took me by surprise and proved that he can be in a serious role as well. One of my favorite movies ever. Review coming soon.
Garden State A very good movie. Some will probably argue that it’s boring, but maybe some of us can see something in this movie not everybody can?
Boondock Saints Didn’t care much for the movie the first time I saw it, but then saw it a few years later and absolutely loved it.