Sun, 16 Jun, 2024


Movie Review: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


By Aryama Upadhyaya

‘Eternal sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is a romantic journey of two people continuously falling in love and falling apart while they try to erase the memories of each other using a modern memory-erasing-technology. When I first watched this movie I fell in love with it and after watching it for another two times I was stunned again and again. On a scale of 0-10, it’s definitely a 10 from me. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) is a Romantic Sci-Fi movie written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Micheal Gondry featuring Jim Carrey as Joel Barish and Kate Winslet as Clementine Kruczynski.

The very beginning of the movie is smooth when Joel and Clementine meet on Valentine’s Day for the first time and eventually spend the day together. Just a few minutes into the movie, we’ll find ourselves confused and we’re constantly trying to add up everything that has been shown. When Joel goes to erase his Clementine-memories, we move along with his fragmented memories in reverse (last memory to first). During the procedure, deep inside Joel’s brain, Joel starts having second thoughts about erasing the memories and tries to defend the modern technology. The movie starts provoking, making us disoriented until last- where everything makes sense. Clementine has an impulsive personality and Joel is a calm person. Their difference in nature brings challenges in their relationship. 

The movie also introduces us to the idea of destiny where on each memory, despite them falling apart, they end up together repeatedly.  Escaping memories is escaping our thoughts in our minds and no matter how much we try to control, can we really do that? In the movie, both Joel and Clementine have different traits of character and to stay happy together, they must accept each other the way they are. Hence ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is the happiness when we avoid the spots (imperfections). There’s a powerful dialogue of the couple in the movie which justifies the title:

Clementine: This is it, Joel. It's going to be gone soon.
Joel: I know.
Clementine: What do we do?
Joel: Enjoy it.

While we try to picture our lives without some memories and forcefully live in the “what would have been” part, we forget that we are who we are because of those bitter and sweet memories. In conclusion, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is a heartwarming psychological thriller which will continuously excite you until the very end.

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