Thursday, January 10, 2013

100 Movies That Make Me Love Film: 56. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

56. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

When I think of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind the first thing I think of is the amazing trailers. It told you absolutely nothing about the movie but gave you a sneak peek at how imaginative the film had the potential of being. The film is truly a masterpiece.

The plot of Eternal Sunshine seems simple enough. Joel and Clementine break up. They both have a copy erase each other from their memories. Mid-way through the erasing process Joel changes his mind and tries to hide Clementine in new memories where they can’t find him.

But that’s not what the movie is actually about. That’s simply what happens in it. The movie is about life. It’s about how every moment of it (good or bad) are important for our growth. It’s not just about love. As Joel tries to hide Clementine in his past we learn more about his character’s childhood. We see his tortured childhood and his absent family. We begin to feel for him.

Over the years I’ve started to feel like Clementine is more of a bitch than I remembered her being. I wonder sometimes if I’d still feel this way if the movie was reversed and we were looking into her childhood. 

Regardless the script by Charlie Kaufman is adorable regardless of Clementine’s attitude and it’s gorgeously shot by Michael Gondry. Definitely one of the finest Science Fiction Romance films ever made.

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