I’d heard really good things about his movie staring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, so I was fairly excited to watch it. I’m afraid that, while I thought it wasn’t bad, it hardly lived up to expectations.
The concept of the film was rather interesting, if not completely original. Who hasn’t wanted to forget a love gone bad? But, the idea that science could now provide the method for doing so was very fun. I suppose the biggest issue I had with the film was that its second act seemed to drag on and on. The introduction held my interest, the conclusion was great, but the middle just sort of trudged along for me.
Jim Carrey was great. Not a bit of over-the-top silliness at all. I really wish the public would give this guy a chance at being more than just a comedian. He really can do well in the serious roles. His character is just so understated and sullen, hard to believe this was Ace Ventura. Kate Winslet did a nice job, as usual. The supporting actors were very good as well, and those included Kirsten Dunst and Elijah Wood.
I think what I liked best were the locations. They were just so . . . real. I mean, the doctor’s office looked just like a hole in the wall office. The apartments were a mess. The streets were dirty and the city was noisy. Even the actors, except for Dunst, were kind of grimy-just like the rest of us after a long day.
I would recommend this film if you’re into low action, brain stimulating movies like Donnie Darko. I’d compare it to The Royal Tenenbaums, but I didn’t think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind had any funny parts to it. Odd it’s considered a comedy.