It blows my mind that I haven’t written about this movie yet. The film is directed by Michel Gondry, the French videographer famous for directing music videos for many incredible artists like Bjork, The Rolling Stones, and Massive Attack. His childlike and playful vision is everywhere in the film; there are many scenes of wonder, beauty, and serious perspective shifting. The screenplay was written by none other than god-on-Earth Charlie Kaufman, the mad genius responsible for the writing in incredible movies like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Synechdoche, New York. The film recieved the Academy Award in 2004 for Best Original Screenplay, and Kate Winslet was nominated for Best Actress (She lost to Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby).
The movie centers around Joel (Jim Carrey), who has recently discovered that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has undergone a procedure designed to erase him from her memory. Joel decides to have the procedure done to spite her, but halfway through the “operation”, he decides that he has made the wrong choice. The movie is just one adventure after another, and it features a great supporting cast including Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, and Mark Ruffalo. If you haven’t seen this, and you like movies that make you think, check it out. Of course, it’s on Netflix Instant Watch for all of you college students!
One of the best parts of this movie, as you will see, is Kate Winslet’s hair. If anything, her hair should have won her the Oscar for Best Actress.