Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Cover Memory is strange thing at times. One minute you can remember a good thing, and the next minute you can remember a bad thing. Now wouldn't it be wonderful if you could just get rid of all of your bad things? Maybe? As seen in this film Directed by Michel Gondry; and Starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson, and Mark Ruffalo. It was made in 2004, and lasts for 108 minutes.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Now I am sorry to say that Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) is having a spot of bother with his long standing girlfriend, Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Kinslet), at the moment.

You see, for some strange reason, Clementine doesn't recognize Joel anymore. Plus stranger still, is that Joel discovers that Clementine has had all of her memories of him erased from her mind by the clinic, Lacuna Inc.

So what does Joel do about it then, huh? Yep - likewise, he too goes to this medical facility, and has his memory erased of her too.

Ooops! Big mistake.

Well, during Joel’s subsequent mind wipe, he can hear in the ether: (1) What is being done to him. Plus (2) That one of the assistants who is aiding in this procedure, Patrick (Elijah Wood), is taking all of the information from Joel's mind, and then using it to form a relationship with Clementine.

Granted, on an internal level, Joel does try his best to halt Patrick from carrying out this deed, by perverting his own memories of Clementine in turn. However, I am afraid to say that the result of this 'mind fight back', causes a lot of problem for all involved.

For a start, two of Patrick's colleges whom are also involved in Joel's procedure - Stan and Mary (Kirsten Dunst and Mark Ruffalo) - do not know how to counteract this 'resistance', and so they call in their boss, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), for some help. But when Dr. Howard turns up, and then gradually attempts to erase Joel's memory's one step at a time, Joel 'fights back' even harder, and... errr... ppoooooofffff-baaaannngggg-boooomm!

Well, what I am trying to say, is that what next transpires is a right pain in the cerebral cortex I can tell you. As love is in the air - people have an affair - what was once old is now new - and it's great when one plus one becomes two.

I find that the 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' is a movie that is exactly like it’s title: strange – bold – and wonderful at the same time.

  • It is strange – because the film is captured in a rather peculiar manner, with awkward camera angles, special effects, and plot structure, which can confuse you at times.
  • It is bold – because in an overt manner, this film is both audacious in content and characterization, making the lows very low, and the highs very high.
  • Plus it is wonderful – because in a somewhat strange and bold way, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ reminds me of the Frank Capra film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, only if Frank Capra was a pot smoking revisionist, with a penchant for post modern and off-beat fantasies.

Jim and Kate in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Still, saying all of that though, does that make this film any good or not? Errr... on a certain level, I found that this 'surrealist adventure story' is very entertaining all in all - largely because of all the actors involved. Well, all of them really brought something to the table that made you identify with their characters motivations. Jim's character a sad boring bugger – Kate's character is a bohemian extrovert – Kirsten and Mark are both besmitten – Elija is love struck – and Tom is the work-obsessed every-man.

Please note, this is just some of things that you have to look forward to if you watch this film, plus a whole host of facts as well. (1) Nicolas Cage was considered to play the lead role before Jim Carrey. (2) The name of the company, Lacuna, is a Latin word meaning cavity or hollow. (3) The concept behind this film was brought to the directors, Michel Gondry, attention, when a friend of his showed him a card that has written upon it 'Someone you know has just erased you from their memory'.  (4) All the of train shots were shot on board a real, moving, train. (5) The title of this film comes from a poem by Alexander Pope 'How happy is the blameless vestal's lot. The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each prey'r accepted, and each resign'd' (6) The sub-plot involving Joel having a one night stand with ex-girlfriend [Ellen Pompeo], was deleted from the film. (7) Though the film visually followed Charlie Kaufman's script, the actors were allowed to improvise on set - particularly with the dialogue, and in the 'circus' scene. (8) The computer used in this film is an old Amstrad PPC 512. And (9) Most of the bizarre effects in this film were created the old fashioned way - with camera, editing, set-tricks, and stage lighting.

Jim and Kate in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

However, I did find that this film did also have a couple of major niggles too. For example, even though I do understand that the 'effects' in this flick were intentionally meant to be jarring, on occasion, these 'little tweaks' can yank you emotionally out from certain scenes – which is a bad thing. Also, another thing that I find can additionally detrimental to this flick, is the overall structure of the piece – because it just flimflams all over the place, and has a confused tone to it, where the plot is concerned.

Here, check this out to see what I mean...

Opps! Wrong scene. That's the one which makes me rub my banana. Anyway, this is not a bad film all in all - and if anything, it's just a misguided film, one which has rather strange elements in it, and needs to be endured if you want to see a fairly poignant and thought provoking conclusion. Nice.