Steffie wanted to go to the mall, and we didn’t want her to drive there, so Helaine and I spent the evening at the movies. Last week we had thought about going, but there was nothing that interested us. This week there’s the new Jim Carrey movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
I can’t remember a movie I have enjoyed less – not recently, certainly.
Forget the plot for a moment (because, even if I wanted to, I don’t think I have figured out what the plot is). In a love story, and this is a love story, the characters should be … lovable. Clementine, as played by Kate Winslet, is someone I avoid at all costs in real life. An alcoholic who is psychotic, flighty, cruel and manipulative. Need I go on?
Carrey spends the entire movie fighting his good sense, staying smitten with her. Why? He dumps an unseen live-in-girlfriend for her. Why?
I don’t know. And, with this movie squarely in past tense, I don’t care.
The movie is ‘cut’ in a very edgy style and past and present are tantalizingly juxtaposed. But technique is not enough to support a film. There is no meat on this turkey.
To me, this is the strangest revelation. As much as I disliked this movie, I continue to like Jim Carrey more and more. He, as Kate Winslet, played a character who never enticed me to know him more. Yet there is something charming about him which jumps off the screen. There is a special ‘it’ which some people have which allow them to light up a screen and overshadow those around them Jim Carrey has such a presence. But his character gives him little to work with, and left me cold.
As I was looking for some detail to put into this entry, I stopped by the movie’s website. There was a quote from Karyn James of the New York Times. That was strange because the film was reviewed in the Times by Elvis Mitchell. I wonder how far out of context the quote was taken?
I have often wondered if there’s a point of no return in the movie making process. Past that point, when the movie’s true quality is revealed, it’s too late to stop the production. Now, Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood and the others will go and promote it.
We went to see this at the Showcase Cinemas in Orange. To add insult to injury, it seemed like the theater wasn’t heated at all. The concrete floor was incredibly cold, and as the movie wore on, I did everything I could to keep my feet up.
Other than that, it was great.