Much loved but annoying oddity.
Ok… I need to be careful with this one… Firstly the positives. Eternal Sunshine is a truly genius idea as you would expect from probably the most original script writer working in mainstream Hollywood Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Synecdoche New York – all of which I preferred).
Jim Carrey shows welcome restraint in the lead role but Kate Winslet effortlessly steals every scene the two share. The main positive however is the supporting cast as a whole. When on form, Kirsten Dunst is brilliant and she is on form here, you know what to expect from Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo shows why he is now a genuine A lister and Elijah Wood just looks delighted to be playing someone other than Frodo.
Michael Gondry’s direction is perfect. Visually Eternal Sunshine is stunning and memorable and the soundtrack fits very well without being overbearing. So why only a 7? Well very much like Lost in Translation I felt this was a beautiful story but I didn’t care about, and even worse disliked, the main characters so this is a film I could never love in a way that some people do. I also do think that while original and thought provoking cinema Eternal Sunshine is slightly overrated. 86th best film of all time?? (according to IMDB top 250) Not for me.
IMDB TOP 250 #86
WON 1 OSCAR (2 NOMINATIONS)
Best Original Screenplay