I enjoyed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind but I didn't love it. There is only so much of Jim Carrey that I can take and since he was in the entire thing, I had a hard time blotting him out of my overall movie experience. Still, as a a completely unique film, I greatly respect it. But it was a movie that the abysmal casting of one actor greatly reduced my enjoyment of the film.
This one doesn't have Carrey but it also doesn't have the screenwriting talents of Charlie Kaufman. And that seemed to be a problem. I know that the movie is supposed to be dreamlike and all. But was it supposed to be so dreamy that huge leaps in plot that weren't really explained well supposed to be ignored? I guess. Because once I let myself go with the whole thing, I really got into it.
Don't expect Eternal Sunshine craziness. Don't expect for everything to really make sense. Rather expect a pleasant little journey of strangeness with countless inspired sequences. The dream sequences blend incredibly well with reality to the point that sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between the two. They are fascinating in a A Trip to the Moon kind of way. The scene where the characters sing After Hours with new words while dressed in animal outfits is straight out of the Flaming Lips arsenal.
This isn't a great movie. Maybe Kaufman could have connected the dots a little bit better than Gondry did on his own. But there is still a lot to like here.
This was only the second time that I've been to BAM since I let my membership expire last August. That obnoxious BAM trailer is still played before the movies. They still turn off the lights and start previews ten minutes before the movie starts. And they still will not get me back as a member.
Director: Michel Gondry
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