Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind- A Movie Review- by Sophia Deiters (12)

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a cinematic treasure that does so many things right. The story begins when the protagonist, Joel played by Jim Carrey spontaneously deciding that he’s going to skip work and take a train to Montauk where he meets a strange girl named Clementine, played by Kate Winslet. From there on the movie jumps around to flashbacks and different moments in the storyline which once pieced together reveals a heartbreaking story of two broken people who live a in constant loop of meeting one another, falling in love, and forgetting all about it. If the story sounds a little disorienting, it’s because it is. The beginning doesn’t really make sense until you watch everything else and it’s a bit of a slow start because of that. Besides that, the movie actually questions a lot of ideas, philosophically speaking. Questions about love and fate and who we are without our memories and experiences. It’s a movie that will leave you questioning everything including how Jim Carrey just pulled off the least Jim Carrey role of all time. The mains characters are deeply flawed and this is important to the story because it’s these flaws that keeps them in the loop they’re trapped in and without understanding and changing these flaws, we see the characters fail to understand their own fate. The movie title suggests the story’s overall message by being a phrase from a great Alexander Pope quote: “How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d;”

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