Oh My Darling, Clementine

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a total mind trip, both literally and figuratively. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a movie that I’d been meaning to check out for awhile. Whether for its confusing premise, cast of characters, or absurdly lengthy title. My parents always told me that they didn’t like the movie as much as most people do. That just made me want to check it out even more. What makesย Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind so special is its way of storytelling. In this world, people have the ability to purge bad memories from a person’s head. In Particular, the memories of a certain individual. For this process to work, a person must throw out anything that belongs to or reminds them of that person. Then relive every memory they have of that person from the end to the beginning until that person is practically wiped from existence. In your mind at least…

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Joel (right) and Clementine (left) lay on the ice together

Jim Carrey stars as Joel, a somber every man who likes to draw. Which is the exact opposite of the kind of characters Jim Carrey is known for (I’ve never seen him so reserved). In contrast, Kate Winslet plays Clementine, a “manic pixie dream girl” with a quirky personality and colorful hair. Which is definitely different from the kinds of characters Kate Winslet plays. The two date, break up, and decide to have their memories of each other erased. However, Joel realizes midway through the procedure, that he wants to remember Clementine. So he devises a plan to travel through his childhood memories with a version of Clementine, in an effort to conceal her. It’s actually quite poetic in a tragic yet bizarre sort of way. My only real problem with the movie is the subplot involving the people performing the mind erasing procedure. Which involves two separate love triangles. I felt it was kind of unnecessary, but it did end up being important at the end of the movie. So I guess I can’t fault the movie too much for including it.ย Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a bit of an acquired taste, but one that benefits from originality and dedicate performances from both Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. It’s a movie that I’m not likely to ever forget.

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Joel (bottom) and Clementine (top) wake up on a beach

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