Saturday, March 20, 2004

So I went to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind last night, and really really really loved it. It was Kaufman's best, in my own opinion, thus far. He abandons the trick of using real life cultural icons to play with (as in "Being John Malkovitch" and "Adaptation" with Susan Orleans). But he's still exploring the manipulations of reality and memory and identity, and this time it feels like it has more heart at the core of the movie. Some people might see this as a sellout point, but I honestly feel it's a step up. He's able to play around intellectually while including an honest sentiment finally.

And the really good thing is it's the first time I ever watch Jim Carey and sort of liked him. This is Kaufman's other great thing he does. Takes actors and twists them against the type of character that we're used to seeing them play. And again, he does this to great effect.


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