I watched this film today and wow, I really am just so… Awed by it, I felt like I had to voice out my thoughts. The script, the acting, the cinematography, it’s just really really impeccable. Before I continue, I would like to say that I am by no means a professional film critic or anything of that sort, I mean dude, the only form of exposure I had to such stuff was in sec 2 under my literature module of film studies.
So anyways, without being too much of a spoiler, the storyline goes something along the lines of two past lovers who meet again after two years of being apart, but are unaware that they were lovers in the past.
However, the main part of the film mainly takes place in the guy’s memory and him recounting and reminiscing the times they spent together. This film actually is sort of a deep, thought-provoking kind of film and it’s totally not a rom-com as what you’d expect. For me personally, the film explored themes such as love, human emotions, and memory. Besides the plot being really unique, the filming and the setting in particular, made the whole movie so much more impactful. When I watched it, it was just like OOF OUCH HIT ME RIGHT THERE IN THE HEART MAN no kidding.
See, in the film, they had recurring motifs such as the ocean, ice and basically a lot of cold imagery.
And it just added to the whole theme of reminisce, and contributed to showing how cold and how emotions and thoughts can be so powerful. In a way, the setting brought out the emotions in the scene really well.
Also, JIM CARREY DID A FRICKING BRILLIANT JOB PLAYING JOEL, seriously!!!!!!
His character is very introverted, shy, a man of few words, deep-thinker, somewhere along these lines. I think jim carrey really really played the part perfectly and they couldn’t have picked a better person to play that role. He brought out the emotions of Joel so perfectly, so on-point. He really threw himself into the character and the emotions were so raw, I really really loved it. Of course, Kate Winslet as free-spirited, impulsive and extroverted Clementine also did a fantastic job. The acting AND CASTING was so so suitable it’s like perfect match!!!! Both of them fit their characters so well honestly.
This movie kind of reminded me of Breakfast At Tiffany’s, where George falls in love with Holly and she tells him it’s a mistake to love a wild thing, or something like that. I paralleled Eternal Sunshine to Breakfast At Tiffany’s mainly because, in both films, the guy falls in love with a wild spirit (that’s about it though LOL). And while Joel and Clem are polar opposites, it is precisely their differences that attracts them to one another. Then we come to the part where Joel undergoes a procedure to have clem erased from his memories. He recounts and revisits all the times and memories he has (spent) with clem and he realises the reason why he fell in love with her. See, (this is the part where you’ll have to watch the movie to understand what I’m talking about AHAHHAA) the thing is, while in his recollection, he realises some traits about his present-day self that he originally didn’t have, such as impulsiveness. It’s a trait from clem that rubbed off on him. And in present day, clem and Joel fall in love again, which goes to show, human emotions still triumph against anything. You can erase all the past memories, but emotions you cannot.
You can erase someone from your mind. Getting them out of your heart is another story.
This couldn’t be any truer. And basically, I felt like the movie really delved into this theme. In both the main plot and the sub-plot, the characters all had their memories erased but ultimately, ended up falling in love again. The heart wants what the heart wants and the emotions remain. Our brain probably has some way to cover up and bury all these unwanted feelings and emotions somewhere in the back of our minds, but when we feel something that triggers this emotions, they all come rushing back to the surface. “You may forget a past memory but you can’t forget the impulses, instincts and emotions that arise from that past incident.” (Credits here) You can’t escape your emotions and that’s what scares me. It scares me that my emotions practically are capable of ruling me, heart > head, which will of course end up disastrous.
It also makes me question if just simply erasing bad memories can solve things. If you know me, you’d know that I like to live in the past a lot and go back to past memories. I like to dwell in them because it reminds of of happier times. If I were to erase these memories, what would it make of me them? Would I just simply be an empty shell? Are people just merely the sum of their memories or are they more than that?
Y’know, in some way, I also feel like I can relate to clementine.
Ah, there’s just so many things this movie evokes in me I don’t have the words and ability to pen it down. It’s hands down my number one favourite movie (overtaking the cutting edge), simply because it makes you question life. I rly rly love it 🙂
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! / The world forgetting, by the world forgot / Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! / Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.