Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Best Movie of 2004


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is the Best Movie of 2004 tied with Kill Bill volume 2.

I though I'd start with that since that's the phrase I've been repeating all year long. Today it came out on DVD, and I had to go and pick it up, and I just finished watching it, and I realized that I hadn't written anything about here or in the forums I visit so here it is.

Charlie Kaufman is a mastermind, his stories make for totally weird and mindblowing movies like Being John Malkovich and Adaptation (and also the not so much mindblowing Human Nature and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) which are some of the best movies I've ever seen. Excellent writing he does, with Eternal Sunshine following Malkovich and Adaptation with its weird concept, which added to the Direction of Michel Gondry, who creates some really great and imaginative scenes, makes for a truly magical movie.

The premise is not so easy to get, Clementine (Kate Winslet -give her the Oscar right now) has gotten a procedure by which she got his boyfriend, Joel (Jim Carrey- please finally nominate him), erased from her mind. All the memories she has of them together are gone, and also gone is everything that could remind her of him.
Joel finds out, and decides to get the procedure too, but while in the middle of it, he realizes how much she loves her.
Now comes the weird part, as Joel tries to stop the procedure from inside his head, while reliving his memories with Clementine, at the same time as they're being erased by Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Jim Broadbent), head of Lacuna (the company that provides the procedure) and his assistants (Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood and Kirsten Dunst). All these have their own stories too going on.

The acting is brilliant, with Kate Winslet being perfect as the quirky, really magical character of Clementine. You'll fall in love with her just like I did. And her performance is truly Oscar Worthy.
Of course Jim Carrey's Joel also fell in love with her, with Carrey being truly excellent here. This is the year they have to give him a nomination comes Oscar time. I loved him in the also Oscar worthy The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, but he's so much better here.

Kirsten Dunst is really great too, specially towards the end when her character has the biggest part. She really can act (just watch Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides) and really I wish she's get more roles like these. I'm in love with her btw.
Ruffalo, Broadbent and Wood provide really good performances as well.

After watching the movie, I played all the extras, and I loved something that Jim Carrey said in one of them while explaining the movie, something that I have been saying to everybody this year while recommending them the movie, and it's that this story, is what I've always wish and dreamt for it to happen to me. I'm also very shy and can't make eye-contact, just like Joel, and I'm waiting for my Clementine to come some day and rescue me.

The movie obviously hit me really hard and personal, and hope the same happens to all those that watch it. But seriously, it's the Best Movie of 2004, and one of the best ever.

Review by Hakeem

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