Revisited: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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Not gonna lie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my favorite films of all time. Much like E.T., I have a lot of emotional ties to this one. It’s been a few years since I watched it, and it was a pleasure to watch it again. Because it is a film that has so many visuals, so many details within it, it actually benefits from repeated viewings.

It is one of the most original films on love. It taps into the universal roller coaster that one feels when being in a relationship as well as the sadness, anger and heartbreak when a relationship goes sour.

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Jim Carrey was robbed of an Oscar nomination for this one. For real. He is wonderful in The Truman Show but in ESOTSM he is remarkable. And who would have thought he and Kate Winslet would be such a great on-screen match. So unlikely on paper, so electric on-screen. That combination is only one of many unlikely and odd things that successfully work where this film is concerned.

While I could throw raves and praises on Carrey and especially Winslet because she is one of my favorite actors of all time, I found myself really focused on the supporting players this viewing. Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood are all weird and so good in their roles.

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 (For some reason, when I saw this image in the film I couldn’t stop laughing)

(Special shout out to Elijah Wood: like Kate Winslet when she was riding the tidal wave phenomenon of Titanic, the world was going to scrutinize as to which her next role was going to be. Elijah Wood was riding on the success of his Lord of the Rings trilogy. That he picked a film like this one was amazing.)

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I was very much struck by the earnestness and eventual heartbreak expressed by Kirsten Dunst’s performance. I find that her character is the most identifiable to the audience in that when she gets rug pulled out from under her, so had the audience as well.

(This also begs the question…..where IS Kirsten Dunst!? She needs to make more films!)

So what else to say? Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman are geniuses. They make a fantastic team together. It’s a film that challenges and inspires every time. Big time adore.

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