My brother put the movie on our, whatsitcalled, removable harddrive thing that we store all of our music and movies on and I finally got around to seeing it today. I admit that I was a bit ansty and wasn't in the mood for Jim Carrey slapstick- but, well, I loved it and would give it a well-deserved
I looked up the plot on imdb because I've heard that it was a pretty confusing movie. Basically, though, it's about this guy Joel who discovers that his quirky girlfriend, Clementine, decided to have all her memories of him removed from this experimental psychiatric company called Lacuna. Pained by this realization, Joel decides to have all of his memories of Clementine removed as well. The film, which takes place mostly within Joel's mind, follows his memories of Clementine backwards in time as each recent memory is replaced, and the procedure then goes on to the previous one, which is likewise seen, and then erased. Anyway, Joel realizes somewhere in between the erasing that he really doesn't want to forget Clementine and tries to stop it.
The movie is actually really beautiful in the way that it is done. Kate Winslet plays Clementine so well! She's this quirky girl who colors her hair shades of blue and tangerine, and, gosh, it's so far from all the other movies I've seen her in. Jim Carrey's Joel is marvelous as well. He is very shy and writes down all of his memories, and, well, I didn't believe it was Jim Carrey, actually. There are also various subplots involving Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, and this random oldish guy who all work for the Lacuna company.
I think the only thing wrong with the movie was that, at times, you don't quite know which moments are memories and which moments are actually happening.
Oh! And! There's actually a very nice quote in the movie that Kirsten Dunst says at some point near the last half hour. She's really into quotes and is saying this to Howard, the man who created Lacuna. Anyway, I liked it a lot and it's where the title of the movie comes from, if you're wondering:
How happy is the blameless vessle's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd.
-Alexander Pope, "Eloisa to Abelard"