Joel: Look at it out here, it's all falling apart. I'm erasing you and I'm happy!
"I already forget how I used to feel about you."
Genius. Pure fucking genius. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of the most original films you'll ever see. It doesn't fall into one specific genre and it easily ranks as my favorite romantic movie of all time. Despite not being a standard romance film; it still is very much about there being one person for every person. No matter what you do, you can't get rid of that one person. You'll find each other again.
This is a beautiful, funny, emotional, heartfelt, odd, twisted, mind bending, warm, eccentric film. It's beyond words, beyond sentiment, beyond what most movies can do, to make the audience actually feel. I feel every moment of this film. It's sad at times, but by the end, you're caught up in just how beautiful this story is.
Joel and Clementine dated for a long time and when they break up, they're both devastated. Clementine has a procedure to have the memories of Joel erased, and when Joel finds this out, he elects to do the same. That short synopsis isn't really telling of just how original and smart this movie is. I don't want to give away too much because the less you know the better the effect. There's a lot of playing with the viewers knowledge of the situation. There's great connection between characters. Like the secretary and the doctors connection to Joel and Clementine. Just because you have this procedure doesn't mean you can fall out of love with the person you're erasing. I know this all doesn't make sense right now, but just watch the movie.
Eternal Sunshine is one of the most perfect films ever made in my opinion. Michel Gondry directs a Charlie Kauffman script, which if you know Kauffman, you knows he has one of the best minds in Hollywood. His stories are always original, but they also have a lot of humanity in them. The cast here is great as well. Jim Carrey, in his best role ever. He's playing a more dramatic character then we are used to, and is terrific with it. Kate Winslet plays Clementine. Then there's a supporting cast of Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, and Tom Wilkinson. Each and every one of them are perfect.
If you haven't seen this one yet, I really envy you. Watching this movie for the first time will be something of a joy for you. I know it was for me at least. I've seen this a few times now, and I'm still always overwhelmed by it. I just absolutely love everything about it, and I can't understand how anyone couldn't. It's a must watch and I can almost guarantee you'll fall in love with it too.