Double Take wraps its mind around Charlie Kaufman's fractured tale of love, loss, memory, and hair dye. Does this film have the whole human race pegged?
The knowledge that at least one of the partners in a relationship will be guaranteed to lose the other eventually, by death or otherwise, makes love such a potent force. Kaufman’s brilliance is in finding such an entertaining way to make such a powerful point.
Steve Pick: Here we are with our first entry for a film from this century, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I remember seeing this in the theater back in 2004, excited because it was a new work from the crazy-quilt brain of Charlie Kaufman, who had already given us the brilliant Being John Malkovich and the very good Adaptation and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. I remember leaving the theater all warm and fuzzy, with the sense that true love triumphed and those crazy kids played by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet would be just fine together at last. But, upon watching it for the first time in over ten years, I realize that some of my memories had been wiped out, since this is a much darker and more complex investigation into the nature of love than I had thought.