experience for a reason, and that to get rid of those experiences would be denying a part of who we are as individuals.Besides the tumultuous love-story, there are also incredible sub-plots, which tie in directly to the main storyline. The supporting cast of Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, and Elijah Wood put forth an incredible collaborative effort to bring out some dynamic characters with their own intense problems and conflicts. From the technician who falls in love with Clementine while her memories are being removed to the infatuation of the secretary with the doctor who invented the procedure, which eventually
leads to an extremely dramatic conclusion.The writing of this film is very impressive. Unlike many films, all of the characters in this movie have a place, and they all intertwine at some point within the movie. There was a lot of detail involved in the story line of this film. To start off, there is the main story plot about Joel and Clementine’s relationship. This is a very involved plot, because it is constantly jumping from the present, and the past. Along with the main story plot, there are a couple of sub plots involving Clementine and her new boyfriend after erasing Joel from her memory, and a romance that is going on between the secretary and the married doctor of Lacuna. This movie moves from the past to present in a way that flows beautifully, and really captures a unique way of filming. Although the first time you watch this movie the jumping back and forth between past and present can be somewhat confusing, towards the end everything will make sense. The more you watch this movie, the more you will notice things and piece the story together. Another interesting aspect of the movie was the way the visuals and special effects were utilized. The makers of this film made sure to make the memory sequences look unique and distinct from the rest of the film. As the memories were being erased from Joel’s mind, they would often begin getting foggier or part of them would turn black or simply disappear. In one scene, as Joel is trying to lead his memory of Clementine out of one of his memories that was being deleted, each person around them in the crowded subway station was deleted one by one until finally there was nothing left. Another way the erasing was displayed was by blurring faces and mumbling voices to portray the way that Joel could not remember what was going on nearly as well as he could before. Also, when Joel was trying to move through his memory to find out who
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- Spring '08
- Joel, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Clementine, Joel Barish