Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, 1. Class, 0.
Thoughts, in no particular order:
- I'd not understood the purpose of casting such charismatic actors as Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, and Kirsten Dunst as technicians from the previews. it seemed like a waste of talent. I should have trusted. The interactions between the Lacuna staff members were nearly as poignant as Joel's attempts to cling to his memories of Clementine.
- There are going to be a lot of young women quoting Clem's "I'm not a concept" speech.
- Jim Carrey is getting old! When he plays a scruffy 30-something on the LIRR, he looks like the real scruffy men on the LIRR, and not in a good way. (The IMDB reveals that he is 42.)
- This is the sort of movie that will only improve with repeated viewings, not because it's especially complex and you miss a lot the first time around, but because it has a certain bittersweet nature that is meant to be savored. Two hours is not enough.
- I am going to dream about it tonight. It's also that kind of movie.
- How many of the people Mary notified will be angry, and how many will return to Lacuna to have the memory of the tip-off erased?
All in all, a wonderful film. I may have to rent Being John Malkovich and see which is better (although Eternal Sunshine is not as quotable; I constantly find ways to say, "nobody's looking for a puppeteer in today's wintry economic climate.").