Communicator (communicator) wrote,
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Mr Blue Sky

I went to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind a couple of days ago. My thoughts are:

- Jim Carrey: career best performance. Even if you think you don't like him, he's not half bad in this one

- Emotional punch: it's not without emotional punch, but it didn't take me to another place

- Plotting: you are in confident hands

I think the ideas in it are worth exploring, though they are ideas you will have considered before I am sure. The issue I was most interested in is the extent to which our lives are created by arbitrary and chaotic decisions, or whether there is a destiny that shapes our ends, rough-hew them as we will. The film comes down on the second of these options, and the Nietzchean idea that we should whole-heartedly assent to this process, painful as it may be.

Edit, I was just discussing this with happytune and realised there was something else I wanted to say. Carrey and Kate Winslet make a believable couple, emotional car wrecks, but not so nuts that you can't believe they would have any feelings for each other. This makes 'assenting to the process' a real risk, whereas if either of them was obviously good or bad that wouldn't be the case.
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