Monday, November 14, 2005

Pope Alexander

Last night I watched "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" which I found to be a fascinating, complex film that wouldn't quite leave me when it was over. It was written by Charlie Kaufman, who is adept at telling stories in nonlinear fashion, and who seems to enjoy exploring the idea that our inner lives are infinitely more compelling than anything the outside world has to offer. Landscapes, exteriors, are merely stages on which Kaufman's characters can replay the episodes of their lives over and over for perfect effect. When Joel (Jim Carrey) talks to Clementine (Kate Winslet) in his memories--the very memories that are being erased--he says all the things he should have said to her in real life. And when Clementine speaks in his memory, it's as though the real Clementine is speaking--a concept upon which the film's plot turns.

The film featured several excellent supporting roles, but most importantly the kind of nuanced, understated performance that Carrey has always promised he could deliver. Carrey has been trying for years to prove he's more than just a rubbery-faced comic, but few roles have offered the opportunity as "Sunshine." Perhaps he needs to work with Kaufman more often.


Blogger Maria said...

I loved that movie -- but then again, I think that anything that Charlie Kaufman has a hand in is worth seeing.

10:42 AM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

"Sunshine" won the best original screenplay Oscar.

5:13 PM


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