We watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind last night and I actually loved it. I’m gonna say 4 stars. An interesting engrossing movie.
The rest of this entry has spoilers.
I dunno, it just made me think about a lot of interesting things. The end is fascinating to me. They know, although they can’t remember it, that it ended badly. Does that mean it will end badly again? Are we doomed to repeat the same things over and over again, even if we don’t know it? If we are, does that mean we shouldn’t do anything? I dunno, I just kind of liked how they embraced going into it, even though they knew bad things might happen. I’m not even sure why.
I dunno, memory fascinates me. I read a few reviews and they were saying how without memory, you have nothing. And the movie kind of plays with that, how, as he’s losing he’s memory, he’s not just forgetting her, he’s losing a part of who he is. I think there’s a line, maybe misinterpreting, but he says during the process, they’re not erasing her from me, they’re erasing me from her. Not sure what that means, but interesting.
Thing is, the movie points to the opposite also. Even after their memories have been erased, Mary and Clem are still drawn to the same men. Makes it seem like there was more than just circumstance the first time around, that there’s something fundamental about them that makes them come together. Which suggests that there’s more to us than just our memories.
I dunno, I could talk about memory forever, it’s just a fascinating topic philosophically, but yeah, interesting movie. No one cares.