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Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

eternal-sunshine.jpgI knew I could count on metamanda to post first on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and do a better job of it than I will here. There are no spoilers here; I don't really discuss the themes of the movie, either. Mostly I'm just pointing out why I like this movie. If you want to find out about the basic premise and themes of the movie, I would suggest reading meta's entry first.

I liked this movie a lot. In terms of screenplay, I would rate it above Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, which are the only other Kaufman films I've seen. Both Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine plunge the depths of the mind as separate subconscious worlds, but I felt that Eternal Sunshine took this plot device to much greater levels of mastery.

The scenes in the movie come across as having so much depth: within a single scene Kaufman will blend in elements from the conscious and subconscious storylines, bouncing seamlessly between the two and even having the two storylines co-exist. This interweaving builds both storylines simultaneously and creates so much interconnection that when dramatic points do occur, they feel very convincing and rewarding rather than conventional and predictable.

As for the other elements of the movie (i.e. the acting), I wouldn't nominate anyone other than the director for an award. The movie is presented by the director so well that I really can't conceive of trying to do it differently. The acting, though, is nothing to criticize nor praise. Carrey and Winslet are convincing in their roles, but nothing they did particularly impressed me.

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Interesting. I agree with most of your points, but I actually thought the acting was exceptional, particularly with Carrey. What his role did was really show the depth of his acting ability. Jim Carrey has always been boisterous, off-the-cuff, loud, and funny. For him to play a very convincing shy guy is amazing. I was struck by this again and again through the movie. Kate Winslet was good, but I agree with you on your assessment of her. Jim Carrey, though, I think should get a nomination, or at least a consideration.


Jim Carrey's acting probably was better than that in The Majestic and the Truman Show. Judged against himself, it was an outstanding part and represented new territory for him. But when I judge the part overall, I don't feel that he owned the part, that someone else couldn't come in and do an equal or better job. He didn't impress me the way, say, Nick Cage impressed me in Adaptation, or the way Bill Murray gave a lesson in understated in LIT.

Perhaps I'm biased by negative connotations from previous roles of Carrey's, but, then again, movies are subjective :).

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