The Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Served By Charlie Kaufman Essay

1074 Words Dec 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind served as my introduction to screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Beloved by cinephiles, I have long been ready to catch up with this esteemed filmmaker’s work. Add to that the heartrending premise of this film, and I assumed I would be in for a treat. As it turns out, this was a classic example of a movie that I appreciated more than I enjoyed.
This story focuses on Joel (Jim Carrey), a depressed, lonely introvert who leads a very mundane life. One day, on a whim, he takes the train to Montauk instead of work. There he meets Clementine (Kate Winslet) a free-spirited, kooky, extrovert with blue hair who, for some reason, he immediately feels a connection with. Through flashbacks, moviegoers discover these two have met before, and in fact carried on a relationship for a couple of years. But after a fight, Clementine elected to have a procedure done that wiped Joel from her memory. When Joel learns this, he decides to have the same thing done to him.
The most notable aspect of this film is the Oscar-winning screenplay from Kaufman, Pierre Bismuth, and Michel Gondry (who also directed). I’m going to put off discussing that for the moment, however, to analyze another important part of this movie: the acting. This movie is very intimate in that it features only a handful of characters. The supporting cast members (which includes Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson, and Kristen Dunst) are all fine in their roles. They do not detract from the…

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