8:00 PM, 26th August, 2004
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is the latest movie to be based on a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman. Like Kaufman's previous screenplays (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Human Nature, which was also directed by Gondry), Eternal Sunshine was never going to be a straightforward film. I won't be giving away any plot, save from revealing that a new medical procedure involving memory loss is involved.
Fans of Kaufman's previous films will no doubt like Eternal Sunshine for its originality and quirkiness, but this movie is by no means just a ride in the Twilight Zone. It is primarily a gritty romance that speaks to the authentic, rather than Hollywood, couple. The novelty of the memory-loss gizmo makes it a 'cool' and watch-able movie, but the love story makes Eternal Sunshine the top of its class. Gritty also describes the acting. Jim Carrey stars but it is the new, serious Jim in his best incarnation to date. Kate Winslet plays the love interest in an eccentric but believable performance. Eternal Sunshine is a great romance that will strike a chord with anyone that's ever been in, or fallen out of, a relationship.