Monday, February 28, 2005

A movie not to be missed

Last night at the Oscars two mistakes were made. Mistake #1 was not nominating Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for Best Picture of the year and mistake #2 was not awarding Kate Winslet the Best Actress award for her part in the movie. Admittedly, I have not seen all of the movies that were nominated, but I definitely think this film could have deservedly received more attention that it was given.

The movie centers around Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet), who after terminating their troubled romantic relationship, engage in a process that erases selected memories from a person's mind, and for these two they use the process to get rid of hurtful memories of each other. In the middle of the process, Joel decides that memories, good or painful, are worth keeping, apparently because this is what truly makes us human, the collection of events in our lives that shape us into who we are.

The characters are amazing real, even to the point of being a little too gritty; the actors make you care about what has transpired in their lives. Jim Carrey takes a break from his somewhat irritating physical comedy and portrays Joel, a quiet introvert, who falls for Clementine, his opposite in almost every way. The movie conveys a sense of the value of a committed relationship, in spite of the many troubles encountered on the road to happiness. It affirms the idea that both the joys and the obstacles are worthwhile, and that ultimately, you would probably be attracted to each other again if you were to once again meet for the first time.

OK, so it was a bit romantic!

While I do recommend the movie, I suggest you check out the content first.