A Film Review By Jason L. King
|Rating: Rated R for language, some drug and sexual content.
Starring:Jim Carrey, Kate Winslett, David Cross, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkenson
Directed By:Michael Gondry
The World is full of a lot of what ifs. The other day someone said to me, “What If Paul Walker makes a good movie?” I laughed. Then they said “What if you actually wrote a good review?” I chuckled; fully knowing that was never going to happen. But when someone said, “What if Jim Carrey made a serious movie?” I knew it wasn’t just something to laugh at.
Jim Carrey tries to show us his serious side in his latest film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. His character, Broken hearted on Valentines Day shortly after the love of his life Clementine left him finds out that things are worse than he had thought. Clementine recruited the help of a doctor at Lecuna Inc., a company that specializes in erasing memories from the human mind. Convinced that he can not live with the memory of a person who doesn’t even remember her relationship with him, Joel decides to enlist the help of the same doctor to have Clementine erased from his memory as well. But during the process, Joe starts to wonder if erasing her is really the right thing to do after all.
Jim Carrey does a wonderful job in this role. Carrey continues to show us that there is more to Jim Carrey than a rubber faced comedian. His first “Serious” flick, the Majestic, was not received well by audiences, but this time he teamed up with the ringleader of bizarreness by starring in a film written by Charlie Kauffman. Kaufman’s name is no stranger to the terms “really good, but bizarre” when it comes to screenplays, and now he is becoming a household name, especially after the success of his last screenplay, Adaptation starring Nicolas Cage and Chris Cooper. This time Kaufman’s script gives Carrey plenty of opportunity to show off his talents, by giving him plenty of things such as a rehashed portion of his childhood to the much more serious side of everyday life. Carrey takes every one of these scenes and runs with them, showing us how versatile of an actor he can be, if people would think of him as more than the guy that talks with his butt in Ace Ventura. Carrey definitely has potential; hopefully this time with Kaufman’s script behind him he may have the chances to show audiences how good he really can be in a serious role.
Although Carey leads the way, his supporting cast makes his job look much easier than it probably really is. Kate Winslett, Eilijah Wood and the always-wonderful Tom Wilkenson are all fantastic. I however was not impressed with Kirsten Dunst whose character is just as worthless as she is in real life. Her performance seems way too fake in comparison with the other characters and her character itself got on my nerves so quickly; I didn’t really have any feelings for her at all.
In the end, a solid story and some great performances make Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind a film to take a look at. It may not be the most revolutionary film you will see this year, but it is an enjoyable flick that you won’t want erased from your memory.