At the weekend we saw Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind.
I have to admit, that I didn't have high hopes for this film. For one, it was a chick flick (no, not that sort of Chick Flick), and secondly it had Jim Carrey.
I know there are people out there who will view that last statement with disbelief. Jim Carrey? He's wonderful! If you like rubber faced over the top comedy, then perhaps. Personally I don't like the comedy flagged up five minutes in advance, alrighty then? The only Jim Carrey film which I had seen and liked was 'The Truman Show'. I'm now convinced - Jim Carrey 'straight' is worth seeing, but I'll give Jim Carrey 'funny' a miss, if you don't mind.
Eternal Sunshine is a romantic film, yes - but it also makes the viewer think. One needs to approach it with an empty bladder as a toilet break could be disorienting. The essential premise of the film is due to a painful breakup, Carrey wants to remove traces of his partner from his memory. The film is mostly set in Carrey's memory, as he realises that he no longer wishes to undergo the process and fights to prevent it.
The film is disorienting as it cuts between different scenes and reality shifts, but it comes together nicely and it leaves the story in a good place which both ties things up as well as leaving them open.
Given that I'd seen Troy recently, if I had to wipe one film from my memory, which would it be? Probably this one, as then I could see it fresh. Troy was predictable enough the first time round without the deja-vu... or perhaps it was deja-vu....?