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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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Re: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Added by John Ulmer (email, web) on 2004-03-13 09:36:34

To me, this just sounds a bit like a Phillip K. Dick story; primarily "Total Recall," right down to the fake commercial for the company (which happens in the film) and how memories are inserted, etc.

I was under the influence that this was a Dick adaptation by Kaufman, but that was another screenplay that was never produced. Kaufman is claiming credit for this idea, but really, it's been done before, even if the resulting story is different.

But what do I know; I haven't seen the movie yet.

Re: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Added by Joe Rickey   on 2004-03-22 21:18:05

I personally did not like this film. It was so random as to become annoying and pointless. It tried and failed at being too smart for its own good.

Re: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Added by John Ulmer   on 2004-05-03 06:28:11

I'm going to see it this week most likely. It's one of my highly anticipated films of this year, and I really hope I'm not as disappointed as you claim that you were.

Re: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Added by John Ulmer   on 2004-05-24 05:45:49

Just as an update, I saw this a few weeks back and loved it. My favorite film of 2004 thus far. Who thought Jim Carrey could act?

Re: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Added by Arwen   on 2004-09-26 01:48:23

I love Elijah!

Eternal Sunshine
Added by Lewis Papier (email) on 2004-12-26 01:36:17

What I can't believe about this film is how many good reviews it got. In the film business there's basically a herd mentality. If a film is written by one of the "in" writers like Charlie Kauffman, then how can somebody as "brilliant" as him write an uninspired screenplay? No one wants to look bad and go against the grain so everybody is now trumpeting him as the next Orson Welles (rather the early "Welles" not the fallen boy wonder of later years!). Right away one is struck by what a lazy and sloppy writer Kaufmann is. There's no effort in the science fiction/fantasy aspect of the film to bring any credibility to the Lacuna company that erases selective memories. You put on the football helmet with a computer attached and these geeks are just able to erase parts of your memory! Of course some people will argue that the film isn't supposed to be realistic and is actually a comedy! In truth the writer wants it both ways: a satire on the overreaching hand of greedy scientists and a serious look at personality conflicts in relationships. On the comic level the film is hardly satire...but much more akin to farce with those computer nerd buffoons constituting the film's subplot. The buffoons get high and party while Jim Carrey's character's mind is almost completely erased. At best Kauffman rings up points for low level farce (one step above the old pie in the face) in his juvenile depiction of the stoned out geeks. But it's the "serious" side of the story that's the most boring. The problem is with the main characters. Basically you don't learn anything about them throughout the film. Only that both characters are neurotics, the Jim Carrey character being the withdrawn loser and the Kate Winslet character suffering from some kind of bi-polar disorder. Why care about these people at all since we learn next to nothing about them? The movie is nothing but a cheap gimmick full of cheap, amateurish camera tricks. We see image after image of Jim Carrey's memories of his former flame being erased and what exactly is the point of all this? Of course we see the point at the end: two incompatible people are still able to find true love. What a plot reversal! How wonderfully profound! In truth most people fall for the sentimental in the films they go to see and aren't interested in seeing anything remotely intellectual.

Added by Laurel (email, web) on 2005-01-08 15:48:07

I was smitten by this movie. The title DOES have meaning, if you have the senses to catch it. 'Eternal Sunshine Of A Spotless Mind' These people are getting their memories erased so they can be happy and easy. Their minds are clean from the pain and overflowing with what they wan't. I enjoyed how, near the ending you thought they had actually done this before. [Meaning that Joel and Clem had had their memory's erased over and over again] And actually, they don't just 'erase' your mind like the post above me states. They go through and pick out certain parts, watch your nervs, etc. Of course, you can't REALLY do that, but its intresting that someone could come up with such a sick idea. I also feel that the film hits more than a relationship level, but love beyond all reason. It was so painful to watch [in a heart-acheing way] and almost had me crying. It was VERY intellectual, showing the way a human's mind works, emotions blooming from the screen. It wasn't exactly meant to be a complete comedy, I don't think, because this was way more emotional and mind-numbing. Like hitting the void of trying to understand everything going around you, your old childhood memories that ache and hurt your body and mind so much. Its truly heart-wrenching.

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