FILM REVIEW; WASHING THAT GIRL OUT OF HIS HEAD

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On March 9, 2004,Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey và Kate Winslet,premiered in Los Angeles. The film went on to win an Oscar at the 77th Academy Awards for Charlie Kaufman’s original screenplay. The Hollywood Reporter’s original Đánh Giá is below. Charlie Kaufman has finally nailed that elusive sầu third act. The concepts for <…>


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On March 9, 2004,Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jlặng Carrey and Kate Winslet,premiered in Los Angeles. The film went on lớn win an Osoto at the 77th Academy Awards for Charlie Kaufman’s original screenplay. The Hollywood Reporter’s original Review is below.

Charlie Kaufman has finally nailed that elusive third act.

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The concepts for his mind-expanding screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Human Nature, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind & Adaptation were all audacious & original, but the movies were running on fumes at the over. For Kaufman, the devil was in the details of finding his way out of the cerebral maze in which he isolated his characters.


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mindis not only his most accessible & lãng mạn screenplay, it’s his most complete. The third act works like a charm & pulls all his themes, characters and conflicts together beautifully.

The film will appeal to Jim Carrey fans và women drawn by Kate Winslet, but there will be a svào core audience of young & older adults who can’t wait khổng lồ see the lachạy thử Kaufman brain-tickler. None will be disappointed. Focus Features should enjoy above-average box office for this spotless confection.

The references to lớn the mind và brain in the preceding paragraphs are apt because the movie basically takes place in the mind of Joel Barish (Carrey). Barish knows his relationship with live-in girlfriend Clementine (Winslet) is unraveling, but he gets the shochồng of his life when he learns that she has had her memory of hlặng completely erased from her mind. Rushing to see the inventor of this process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), he impulsively decides to lớn undergo the procedure, too.

After taking a knockout pill at night, Joel falls into lớn a deep sleep while two of Mierzwiak’s assistants, Srã (Mark Ruffalo) và Patrick (Elijah Wood), enter his apartment in Yonkers and strap on memory-erasing headgear. Using a maps of Clementine’s presence in Joel’s brain that Dr. Mierzwiak traced the previous day, the brain-scanning device searches & destroys each memory one by one.

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The movie now divides into lớn two realities. In one, in Joel’s bedroom, Srã & Patriông chồng — later joined by another office assistant và Stan’s girlfriover, Mary (Kirsten Dunst) — raid Joel’s liquor & start to lớn tiệc ngọt even as the procedure continues. Patrick’s tongue loosens, và he confesses that he fell in love with Clementine while zapping her memories of Joel. Using what he knows about her life và attraction khổng lồ Joel, Patrichồng has unethically wormed his way inkhổng lồ her bed.


Srã is mildly disconcerted about this but is much more disturbed when his patient begins to resist the procedure and he must call Dr. Mierzwiak for backup.

Which brings us khổng lồ the second reality — in Joel’s mind. As his memories of Clementine vanish, Joel begins to realize how much he will miss her & what an impact her impetuous nature made on his orderly, over-regulated life. He tries desperately khổng lồ hide his memory of her in places in his life she never visited. The movie then becomes a race between Joel’s frantic efforts to cling lớn a piece of Clementine and the mad scientists in pursuit of those memories.

Director Michel Gondry, a French music đoạn phim director who made his directorial debut with Kaufman’s Human Nature, beautifully orchestrates Ellen Kuras’ cinematography, Dan Leigh’s production design and Valdis Oskarsdottir’s editing so memories merge và evaporate seemingly in a single shot. Joel & Clementine move sầu through space as the scenes behind them change và morph lượt thích animation cels gone mad.

It’s a wonderful concept — to see a couple relive sầu their life together, going backward, but able lớn make comments on what each was thinking và to see how each may have misread the other. Most exciting of all is that third act, where characters who no longer know one another must find each other again using the heart and not the mind.

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Carrey takes all his usual antic energy and bottles it up tight lớn portray an anal man both attracted and repelled by Winslet’s không tính tiền spirit who changes her attitudes almost as frequently as her hair color. Wilkinson gives the doctor such a calm intelligence that you almost forget what an appalling device he has invented. Ruffalo is goofy & unthinking, while Wood’s puppy love for a former patient has a genuinely nasty side, the equivalent of psychological rape. Dunst is deep into lớn nhân vật worship of all the scientists, especially Wilkinson’s gentle guru, without realizing the implications of that nhân vật worship.

For all its science fiction plot, Eternal Sunshine is no special-effects extravaganza. The emphasis is always on the characters, their hearts and minds.— Kirk Honeycutt, originally published on March 12, 2004