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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on January 28, 2011

Been a while since I’ve watched this, the new Blu-Ray gives me an excuse.  I was worried the lustre might have worn off, but I’m actually bumping my score back up.  I seem to have gotten over my problems with Jim Carrey.  I still don’t LOVE him, but he plays this character well.  In my last two reviews, I noted that the weak point of the movie was that I didn’t buy Clementine wanting to be with Joel.  But now I’m on board with it.  Opposites attract, right?  I suppose she’s just the type who is drawn to “fixer-upper” guys, or more accurately, guys who are a bit intimidated by her.  Regardless, it’s a goddamn brilliant piece of work, so intricately structured (to a degree that puts, ohhhhh let’s say Inception, to shame) and funny and honest and touching… and clever in a way that is entirely appropriate.  I think what really puts it over the top for me is how the Elijah Wood and Kirsten Dunst characters are woven into it.  Someone with less imagination would have been happy with just the Joel/Clementine story, but these additional subplots really flesh out the concept.  A wonderful film, as in filled with wonder.  Rating: 10


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