When the relationship between Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) turned bitter, both decided to undergo a brain washing procedure to wipe out each other from their memories, only to discover where to begin with.
You don’t really see Jim Carrey cry in his movies very often, but if you do, it’s going to be a heavy one, the feeling of hopelessness, the drama of a guy who loves so much. The idea itself of brain washing is just a common movie plot but to show what happens in your subconscious mind during the process entails a different story and a whole lot of imagination.
With a very creative writer, Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation ; Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind) who is best known for his works that deals about the meaning of life, you can expect nothing less but a enjoyable journey all throughout with a possibility of endless questions.
The chemistry between Carrey and Winslet are undeniably great, it is just like looking at a simple couple who got to go out of their safe zone and the fun is absolutely there. The characters outside of their mind (the people who’s doing the procedure) was never left aside, instead their own story are build up which makes their roles more interesting rather than just seeing then click on some buttons.
The way that the visual effects are pulled off are very old school, one that involves Jim Carrey rushing from one side of the camera to the other and taking clothes in and out in a scene where he’s looking at a earlier version of himself, the tide scene where the house was actually built so close to the beach so it’ll look like a real high tide, and knowing these how-did-they-do-it facts only makes it more interesting to realize such effort to pull off a magnificent film.
Overall, its a movie worth seeing, a movie to venture something new, a way to experience a different breed of love story. Something that didn’t came out of a destiny thing, we all want to see people feel hopeless, broken but nonetheless we all wanted to see some adventure before the happy ending.
Director: Michel Gondry (The Green Hornet ; Be King Rewind)
Main Cast: Jim Carrey ; Kate Winslet
Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Drama
Release Year: 2004
Trivia: During the train scene, where Kate Winslet punches Jim Carrey, was not scripted and Carrey’s response is that of a real shock.