Many fans of 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' (2004) love it fiercely; they've watched it repeatedly, committing certain scenes to memory (ha!) and getting emotionally involved every time. It's that kind of movie.
This was director Michel Gondry's second collab with writer Charlie Kaufman, the first being 'Human Nature' (2001), an uneven, intriguingly odd comedy. (Prior to that, he was known mainly for wonderfully innovative music videos.) Pre-'Eternal Sunshine,' Kaufman had already scored bigtime with screenplays for 'Being John Malkovich,' 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' and 'Adaptation.' An inspired, multi-layered melding of dark, whimsical sci-fi and equally fantastical visuals, 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' is the most haunting, romantic film to come from either filmmaker.
With 'The Green Hornet' -- Gondry's first foray into big-budget superhero action -- opening Friday, we have the perfect excuse to look back at what is arguably his best film to date.