Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Would you erase me?
Directed by: Michael Gondry
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
When Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) discovers that his ex-girlfriend (Kate Winslet) has undergone a scientific process to erase her memories of him, he decides to undergo the procedure as well. But in the process, he begins to rediscover why he had fallen in love with her in the first place.
The Cosmos are about (at least in part) recognizing otherwise unrecognized films. It's not surprising that the Cosmos would consider Eternal Sunshine for Best Film of 2004. Or that Charlie Kaufman (whose script won the Cosmo two years ago for Adaptation) would be recognized again for his innovative writing. Nor, for that matter, is it surprising that some voters, underwhelmed by the hype, would even consider it for Most Overrated. For all of the talk that Jim Carrey was robbed of an Oscar nomination, it's interesting to note that he was snubbed for a Cosmo as well - and that much-overlooked supporting actress Kirsten Dunst did get a Cosmo nod.
I'm not a super huge fan of Jim Carrey. Sure, there have been some films of his that I've liked, like "Man on the Moon." But in general, I've found that his comedies are a little too over the top, and his dramas fall a little flat.
But then again, Jim Carrey's scripts aren't usually penned by legendary screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (of "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation" fame). And in this case, the script has enough of a blend of drama and comedy for Jim Carrey to strike the right note. Kate Winslet is brilliant as the avant-garde Clementine, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood are adorable as the bungling technicians assigned to erase Joel's memories, and Kirsten Dunst gets a rare opportunity to flex both her comedic and dramatic talents in the same film.
This film will likely make my Best Script list as well as Best Ensemble. It remains on my short list for one of the best films of the year, and could be one of those rare films that scores a nomination for both Best Drama and Best Comedy (like "Big Fish" and "Igby Goes Down" in previous years).
My Rating: 9
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