Movie Review: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

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Custodio 1 Custodio, Madhya Chantal Duvette M. Ms. Luisa L. Gomez English 11 08 December 2015 Oh, My Darling Clementine: An Evaluation Paper Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 sci-fi comedy drama directed by Michel Gondry, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in the lead roles. It follows the reintroduction of Joel Barish (Carrey) and his former girlfriend Clementine Kruczynski (Winslet) after their break-up and decision to erase one another from their respective memories. The film’s narrative jumps back and forth between the past and present, much like the 2009 sleeper hit (500) Days of Summer and the 2010 romantic drama Blue Valentine. When we are first introduced to Clementine Kruczynski, she is portrayed as a loud, quirky girl…show more content…
It is soon revealed that Clementine had all of her memories of Joel erased on impulse following a messy fight that ensued between the two of them. Joel, hurt and confused upon this revelation, decides to do the same, but the outcome is not as successful, because his mind is shown to be subconsciously resisting the erasure as he undergoes the procedure. Clementine’s reintroduction is much like their first meeting, which takes place on a beach in Montauk, New York. Only this time, instead of her first approaching Joel at a beach party, it takes place on a train ride to Rockville Center. In both encounters, Joel is immediately enamored by the energetic and chatty Clementine. She constantly changes her hair color, she wears neon orange jackets, she works at a Barnes & Noble, she adds booze to her coffee – who Custodio 2 could possibly be more interesting than someone like Clementine Kruczynski? Even her name itself is interesting in its own right. One thing Clementine repeatedly emphasizes throughout the film is that she refuses to be idealized and perceived as the “perfect girl” because according to her, she is not. She is…show more content…
This outburst seemed to come out of nowhere and through Joel’s perspective was uncalled for. The following scene shows Clementine in bed with a sleepy Joel where she claims that he doesn’t open up to her enough, in contrast to herself who tells him everything. Joel groggily replies, “Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.” and manages to offend her once more. Perhaps he wasn’t referring to their relationship specifically, but Clementine takes this statement the wrong way and retorts with, “I don’t constantly talk. Jesus! People have to share things, Joel. That’s what intimacy is. I’m really pissed that you said that to me.” This just goes to show that Clementine, albeit a bubbly and zany woman, also has a moody and nasty side. There were various memories in Joel’s mind that consisted of them engaging in harmless conversation when Clementine would suddenly get angry at him for no apparent reason. In Clementine’s own words, she “applies her personality in a paste.” Her hair changes throughout the film to fit not only her own mood, but the mood of the film as well. Additionally, she describes herself, alongside many other characters in the film, as

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